Global Governance

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

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Where are Women’s Rights in the Sendai Framework for DRR?

Friday, April 10th, 2015

NEW YORK (April 10, 2015)- The Women’s Major Group had a strong showing with representatives from across the globe who made impacts and inroads at the WCDRR in Sendai, from 13-18 March 2015. Activities included ongoing advocacy with Member States, official statements (watch Hiroko Hara of Japan Women’s Network for DRR), daily messages, speaking roles in dialogues (watch Adivasu Levu of FemLINKPACIFIC at Women’s Leadership Dialogue) and at the Ignite Stage, side events, …

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WEDO on NY1 Noticias: 20 años de progreso para las mujeres

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

NEW YORK (March 24, 2015)– Last week, on March 16th, WEDO Board Chair Marcela Tovar-Restrepo joined Ambassador Sandra Fuentes-Berain, Consul General of Mexico in New York on NY1 Noticias, to discuss 20 years of progress for women, and key challenges for the future. The interview is in Spanish, and WEDO highlighted the continued need to amplify women’s participation and gender equality as central to climate justice and climate change planning/policy formulation, as well as …

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World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

NEW YORK (March 5, 2015)- WEDO and partners will travel to Sendai, Japan next week for the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), where Member States will agree on the post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. As Organizing Partner of the Women’s Major Group for DRR, WEDO is facilitating the official inputs of women’s groups to the conference. Advocates for women’s human rights, gender equality and women’s leadership in the DRR context working …

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Measuring Progress in Gender & Environmental Justice – Lessons from 20 Years Beijing Platform for Action for the Post2015 Agenda

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

[ March 13, 2015; 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. ]

Friday, 13 March 2015, 10:30am – 12 noon, Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN): 10th floor

The three strategic objectives of Beijing’s Chapter K “women and the environment” from 1995 are still a challenge 20 years ahead:

• The involvement of women in environmental decision-making at all levels;
• The integration of gender concerns and perspectives in policies and programs for sustainable development;
• The strengthening and establishment of mechanisms at national, regional and international …

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CSW: Ensuring Climate Justice Towards a Just and Healthy Planet

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

[ March 10, 2015; 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. ]

Co-Organized by the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD), Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) and INOCHI.

In 2015, countries will work to develop an international framework for climate action with a new agreement under the UNFCCC expected to be delivered in December at the COP21 in Paris. A just and gender-responsive …

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