WEDO works to ensure global governance is transparent, accountable and effective.
Since its founding, WEDO has believed in the potential of, and indeed the necessity for, good global governance. The United Nations has played – and still must play – a strong role in facilitating governments’ agreements and holding them accountable to their commitments. As a result of decades of multi-level, multi-stakeholder action, global legal frameworks for the promotion of human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability exist. These frameworks provide tools for officials, practitioners and activists to draft and implement sustainable national-level policies, programs and practices. Focused on the interlinkages and interdependence of its priority issues, WEDO works to uphold existing legal frameworks and support governments, civil society partners and UN agencies alike in turning words into action.
Civil society access to and participation in global decision-making fora is a critical part of good global governance. From UN processes at headquarters, to meaningful engagement and partnership with country offices, WEDO supports information-sharing between and engagement of non-governmental voices. Visit the “Civil Society Participation” page for more on this work.
Project in focus: Since 2007, WEDO has been working with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) and a global network of diverse women’s organizations to hold the UN accountable to its commitment to gender equality and to ensure its architecture reflects that. The GEAR Campaign was founded to mobilize support for the creation of a new, more powerful and fully funded women’s entity under the UN system; in 2010, the GEAR partners celebrated the Resolution to found UN Women and, a few months later, the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as its Under-Secretary-General. Today, WEDO and the GEAR partners continue to support the effective operationalization of UN Women, at headquarters, regional- and country-level.
“We are proud of everybody who has been [part of] the creation of the new gender architecture for the UN. What comes next will equally depend on our continued commitment and women’s involvement in all processes, at all levels. I want to emphasize “women”– not because I think they need to be overburdened, solely responsible or have special rights – but because the next phase for what’s now called ‘UN Women’ is all about their life, their needs, their roles and their interaction with the developments in every country of the world.” – Monique Essed Fernandes, WEDO Board Chair, 2010 WEDO Newsletter
The Latest Global Governance News
New York, NY (August 10, 2015)- The Women’s Major Group, made up of more than 600 women’s organizations and networks from around the world, recognizes the historic agenda for global sustainable development that 193 governments agreed to on Sunday.
The Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 succeeded in giving environmental goals a gender perspective as well as enumerating a number of rights and protections for women including the expansion of women’s economic opportunities, recognition of the value …
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (JULY 16, 2015) – ”The Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) expresses its strong disappointment with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) adopted at the conclusion of the Third Financing for Development Conference that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13 to 16 July 2015.
For feminists and women’s rights organizations, the Outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development: Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) fails …
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (JULY 16, 2015) – As the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) comes to a close, hundreds of civil society organisations respond to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.
“We, members of hundreds of civil society organizations and networks from around the world engaged in the Third FfD Conference, would like to express our deepest concerns and reservations on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, based on both our ongoing contributions to the process …
GERMANY (June 4, 2015) – What are the different perspectives that women’s rights activists can bring to the table when it comes to ensuring just climate action? This was the broader question addressed in the shared Women & Gender Constituency side event on June 4th, 2015, hosted by WEDO, GenderCC and LIFE e.V. The panelists provided regional perspectives on key elements ranging from appropriate climate finance to safe and sustainable technology transfer and development.
GERMANY (June 3, 2015) - WEDO, on behalf of the Women Delegates Fund and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), co-hosted a side event entitled ‘Women’s Leadership in Climate Diplomacy Networking Reception’.
The reception discussed the progress and gaps in advancing women’s leadership in climate change policy making and in international diplomacy more broadly. The event was opened by Ms. Bridget Burns …