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.
The Latest Sustainable Development News
BONN, GERMANY (March 10, 2014)– Today, WEDO’s Andrea Quesada delivered an intervention at the opening plenary of the ADP at the UNFCCC. See below:
Thank you co chairs for this opportunity to contribute with our views. My name in Andrea Quesada focal point of the Women and Gender Constituency, speaking on behalf of WEDO.
We would like recall the words of Vice-President of the Dominican Republic Dra. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández on the occasion …
MONROVIA (March 3, 2013)-- Today as we celebrate Africa Environment Day and Wangari Maathai Day, WEDO team members Andrea Quesada and Eleanor Blomstrom have arrived in Liberia for the start of a three day training on land, forest tenure & climate change in Africa.
In commemoration of International Women’s Day, 8 March, REFACOF (African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests), the Foundation for Community Initiatives, and the Rights and Resources Initiative are holding …
WASHINGTON D.C. (February 24, 2014)– On Feb. 12th, 2014 Eleanor Blomstrom, Program Director at WEDO spent the afternoon in DC speaking on an informative Population, Health & Environment (PHE) panel. Here are her thoughts from the panel, ways forward and some WEDO perspective on the topic:
What was the main purpose of this event?
Eleanor: The Congressional Briefing was an awareness-raising event to on PHE, and its role in sustainable development, for congressional staffers and …
Achieving a Fund-Wide Gender-Sensitive Approach in the Green Climate Fund: Recommendations for the 6th Meeting of the GCF Board
NEW YORK (February 18, 2014)– This week, from February 19th -21st, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will hold its fifth meeting in Bali, Indonesia. The Board will discuss key issues pertinent for the operationalization of the GCF in addition to exploring options for a Fund-wide gender-sensitive approach.
At COP17 in 2011, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) made history as the first global climate finance mechanism to include gender equality concerns at its inception by including …
New York (December 19, 2013) The Women’s Major Group (WMG) continued efforts to ensure gender equality is not only a priority for the Sustainable Development Goals, but also part of the process at the sixth session of the Open Working Group at the UN. About 20 members from the Women’s Major Group participated and gave presentations and interventions. The sessions focused on means of implementation (science and technology, knowledge-sharing and capacity building), global partnership for …