PIP: This editorial introduces a newsletter volume devoted to the Fourth World Conference on Women. International conferences and agreements can influence national and local policies and practices, and UN conferences have been used by women's groups to promote women's human rights issues. These efforts have led to some gains, including the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, but much remains to be done to turn words into concrete action. A women's human rights caucus will act as a watchdog at the Women's Conference to insure that women's rights issues are advanced not only as a separate area of concern, but also within every section of the Platform for Action. The Conference and complementary NGO (nongovernmental organization) Forum will also provide an opportunity to extend the women's human rights advocacy network, develop strategies toward implementation of existing commitments, and determine future actions.