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

The Latest Global Governance News

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Speaking out against #ClimateChaos at CSW58

Friday, April 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, as part of the EWA program, WEDO was proud to host a side event alongside, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD), and Equidad de Género entitled “Sustainable Solutions to Ending Climate Chaos –

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In their Own Words – Reflections from EWA Team at CSW58

Friday, April 11th, 2014

“Coming from the WECF/WICF network of women’s and environmental NGOs worldwide, I am used to work on environmental issues with a strong gender focus. So I am very aware of the difficulties we face when integrating women’s rights into other policy areas and using gender mainstreaming as a tool. However, I was struck by a parallel event organised by FOKUS, a Norwegian NGO, here at the CSW 58 in New York last week. FOKUS did …

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Empower Women – Benefit (for) All (EWA) at CSW58

Friday, April 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – The overall goal of WEDO’s joint initiative with WECF under the Empower Women – Benefit (for) All (EWA) programme is to enhance women’s leadership and participation via capacity building, knowledge exchange and advocacy in order to strengthen policies and legal frameworks for gender equality and women’s access to resources.

At CSW58, WEDO was proud to coordinate a team of advocates including: WECF Coordinator on Gender and Rights, Anke Stock, …

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58th Commission on the Status of Women: Recap and Analysis

Friday, April 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – From 10th to 21st March, WEDO and partners took part in the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) at UN Headquarters in New York.

Focused on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, this CSW was of particular significance in relation to ongoing processes to review the MDGs, set to expire in 2015, and to frame …

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Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Gender Experts Meeting on Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 9, 2014)– From April 2nd to 4th in Bonn, Germany, WEDO participated in a Joint meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi work programme, focused on Available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge (ITK) and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation. The meeting included several members of the GGCA and the WGC including Bridget …

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