11.2 Preamble (general)

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This is the opening of the document where the Member States acknowledge the BPFA and other relevant UN Conventions, Treaties and decisions.

  • Language such as: The Commission…. confirms… reiterates… reaffirms… notes…
    recognises…expresses… (these are linked to past promises and commitments)

This section is not as powerful as the Action section, as it recognises past commitments and issues, and does not commit Member States to action. This is a good place to insert new and emerging issues, to strengthen language around past commitments and to recognise specifics.

Paragraph numbering takes the form of 1, 2, 3, etc.