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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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 …
NEW YORK (December 6, 2013)– The Open Working Group (OWG) on sustainable development goals took place from 25 to 27 of November 2013 in New York at the UN Headquarters. Women’s Major Group participants presented recommendations to governments during the main sessions and through dialogue with delegates. See here for an archive of some of these statements and presentations.
The Women’s Major Group believes it is of utmost importance that the OWG report is produced …
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.