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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Women’s Mobilizing Meeting for the People’s Climate March

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

[ July 24, 2014; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

NEW YORK (July, 17 2014)– In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change.

Igniting ambition, action and urgency to this moment, in New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilization – in size, beauty, and impact. This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention …

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Towards a New Climate Agreement – Update from June Climate Talks

Monday, June 30th, 2014

NEW YORK (30 June 2014)– From 4-15 June 2014, in Bonn, Germany, WEDO and its partners from the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), working alongside members of the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), attended the fortieth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40), as well as the June session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for …

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Assessing the ‘Building Blocks Towards a Gender-Responsive New Climate Agreement’- WEDO/GGCA Side Event in Bonn

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

NEW YORK (June 24, 2014)– On Friday, June 13th 2014 in Bonn, Germany, WEDO and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), co-hosted a side event entitled ’Building Blocks Towards a Gender-Responsive New Climate Agreement‘.

The links between gender equality and climate change is supported by undeniable data in terms of differentiated impacts and contributions to action. A gender perspective frames the enabling conditions needed for solutions to be effective as well as …

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Raising the Bar, Best Practices from Gender and REDD+ Programs and Projects

Friday, June 20th, 2014

NEW YORK (June 20, 2014)– On Saturday June 7th at the Bonn intersessional of the UN climate negotiations, USAID, IUCN, WEDO, REDD+ SES, and the UN-REDD Programme co-hosted an event entitled:  “Raising the Bar, Best Practices from Gender and REDD+ Programs and Projects”.

The panel highlighted key results from a 3-day technical workshop in Washington, DC, 13-15 May 2014. Seeking to foster direct learning exchange across countries and contexts to enhance gender-responsive REDD+ processes at all levels, the workshop …

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Planning for sustainable, gender-equitable and climate-proof development, EWA Side Event

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

BONN, GERMANY (June 18, 2014)- On Friday, June 6th, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) alongside, LIFE E.v., in partnership with WEDO and on behalf of the joint EWA initiative, Empower Women Benefit for All, partners organized a side event entitled “Planning for sustainable, gender-equitable and climate-proof development”.

The event gave an overview about the linkages between gender, climate and development from different perspectives and assessed criteria and targets for Climate Change and …

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