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16th Meeting of States Parties, 2010
Election of the members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 31 December 2010
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Election of the members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 31 December 2010

The sixteenth meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was held on 28 June 2010 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The main purpose of the meeting was to elect individuals to fill the twelve positions on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women which will become vacant on 31 December 2010.

To preside over the sixteenth Meeting of States parties, the Meeting elected Mr. Alexander Lomaia (Georgia) as Chairperson, as well as the following four Vice-Chairpersons: Mr. Bertin Babadoudou (Benin), from the group of African States; Mr. Sonam Tobgay (Bhutan), from the group of Asian States; Mr. Léon Faber (Luxembourg) from the group of European States; and, Ms. Dessima Williams (Grenada) from the group of Latin America and Caribbean States.
The individuals elected to fill the twelve positions on the Committee were:

Name

Nationality

Ms. Ayse Feride Acar

(Turkey)

Ms. Olinda Bareiro-Bobadilla

(Paraguay)

Ms. Meriem Belmihoub-Zerdani

(Algeria)

Ms. Naela Mohamed Gabr 

(Egypt)

Ms. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari

(Israel)

Ms. Yoko Hayashi

(Japan)

Ms. Ismat Jahan

(Bangladesh)

Ms. Violeta Neubauer

(Slovenia)

Ms. Pramila Patten

(Mauritius)

Ms. Maria Helena Lopes de Jesus Pires

(Timor Leste)

Ms. Patricia Schulz

(Switzerland)

Ms. Dubravka Šimonović 

(Croatia)

Two thirds of the States parties constitute a quorum, and the persons elected to the Committee are those nominees who obtained the largest number of votes and an absolute majority of the votes of the representatives of States parties present and voting.
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is established under article 17 of the Convention. It is composed of 23 experts who are elected by secret ballot by States parties. The Committee is tasked with the review of the reports of States parties submitted in accordance with article 18 of the Convention. The Optional Protocol to the Convention, which entered into force in December 2000, empowers the Committee to consider communications submitted by individuals or groups of individuals alleging violations of the Convention in States parties to the Convention and the Optional Protocol. The Optional Protocol also entitles the Committee of its own motion to inquire into grave or systematic violations of the Convention in those States parties where this procedure is applicable, in accordance with articles 8 and 10.
Committee members serve in their personal capacities, and not as representatives of the States parties which present their candidature.

The following documents were issued for the sixteenth meeting of States parties:

Provisional agenda

CEDAW/SP/2010/1

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Declarations, reservations, objections and notifications of withdrawal of reservations to the Convention

CEDAW/SP/2010/2

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List of candidates

CEDAW/SP/2010/3

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List of candidates - Addendum CEDAW/SP/2010/3/Add.1 E | F | S | A | C | R
List of candidates - Addendum CEDAW/SP/2010/3/Add.2 E | F | S | A | C | R

Draft rules of procedure of the meeting of the States parties

CEDAW/SP/2/Rev.1

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16th meeting of State Party, New York, 28 June 2010

CEDAW/SP/2010/4

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