WEDO works to ensure sustainable development policies, plans and practices are gender responsive.
Sustainable development – commonly understood as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need – is ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially just, and gender equality is prerequisite to it. Interdependent crises of food, fuel and climate – exacerbated by inequitable and fragile economies and social norms – need holistic attention and solutions. To that end, WEDO works to strengthen alliances between the women’s, environmental and development movements, across sectors, and across North and South.
Central to its overall vision, sustainable development has long been a cornerstone of WEDO’s mandate. Having been founded specifically to influence the 1992 Earth Summit (UNCED), WEDO has remained focused on strategic advocacy at critical global sustainable development fora, including at the Rio Conventions, the Commission on Sustainable Development, and Rio+20 and its follow-up, as well as national-level processes in several partner countries.
One of the most urgent issues on the global agenda, climate change remains a top priority for WEDO’s advocacy, capacity building, information sharing and other efforts to link gender equality and sustainable development; read about our work on other cross-cutting issues here:
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In 2012, WEDO is partnering with WECF, Voices of African Mothers (VAM), ENERGIA, DAWN and more than 200 other women’s organizations as part of the Women’s Major Group for the Rio+20 process. Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, when outcomes Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration integrated women’s and gender equality issues to an unprecedented extent, the Women’s Major Group and its supporters work to ensure those policy gains are not forgotten – and that action and commitment to implementation (including funding) build on that groundwork instead. Post-Rio+20 in June, WEDO will remain closely engaged in the process to establish a post-2015 development framework. Read more about Rio+20 here.
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NEW YORK (December 5, 2013)–From December 5-6, the Communitas Coalition for Sustainable Cities & Regions is hosting a two-day “Experts’ Workshop on Sustainable Cities & Human Settlements in the SDGs”. The aim of the workshop is to enable governments to discuss informally with experts, Major Groups and stakeholders and the UN system on the issue of sustainable urbanization in the future SDGs framework and UN development agenda. Through the workshop, the Coalition seeks to …
Can the world move beyond words & positions to action? COP19 Final Recap: Measuring ‘Progress’, Challenges & Next Steps
NEW YORK (December 3, 2013)– It’s been just over a week since the conclusion of the COP19 UNFCCC negotiations in Warsaw, Poland, where the talks seemed to embody the ever-growing climate chaos – evidenced through lack of real commitment or action by governments. There were some signs of progress, including for gender equality. But signs of progress should not detract from the overarching takeaway out of Warsaw: if there is any hope for an ambitious …
WARSAW, POLAND (November 20, 2013) - As part of Gender Day at COP19 on November 19th, WEDO together with Gender CC, GGCA and LIFE organized a side event taking stock of the progress made on gender and climate change so far in Warsaw, and discussing ways forward to advance the goal of gender responsive and transformative climate policies. The event was moderated by Gotelind Alber from Gender CC, and was divided into two parts.
WARSAW, POLAND (November 20, 2013)- Bringing COP 19 Gender Day to a close at the last side event of the evening, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) hosted a Fireside Chat, officially titled “Climate Finance and Gender Equality: Lessons for Sustainable Development.” The event provided first-hand experience from women leaders using gender mainstreaming and gender sensitive programming to address environment …
FACTSHEET: LINKING DATA AND ACTIONS – Connections between IPCC AR5 data, gender differentiated data and climate change actions
WARSAW, POLAND (November 19, 2013) – WEDO, with the support from the Global Gender Office of IUCN and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), has developed the factsheet “LINKING DATA AND ACTIONS. Connections between IPCC AR5 data, gender differentiated data and climate change actions“.
This factsheet highlights links between the data presented in the recent IPCC AR5 report on climate change, gender data and some actions proposed by countries to mitigate or …