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


A ‘Non-Paper’ for a ‘Non-Effective’ ‘Non-Just’ ‘Non-Equal’ Climate Agreement

Monday, October 19th, 2015

As we head into the last negotiations session before COP21, the WGC has drafted a Statement in reaction to the co-Chairs ‘Non-Paper’. Download the PDF here. 

A ‘Non-Paper’ for a ‘Non-Effective’ ‘Non-Just’ ‘Non-Equal’ Climate Agreement

On October 5th 2015, the co-Chairs of the ADP process released a new “Non-Paper” document including a draft of the Paris agreement and a draft of the COP decision, to be both adopted at COP21 in December 2015 in Paris.…

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Second African CSO Winter School on the ADP

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Cape Town, South Africa (September 9-11, 2015) – Last week, WEDO’s Bridget Burns joined the 2nd Annual African CSO Meeting, hosted by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Southern Africa focused on re-thinking strategies for African civil society to combat climate change, including reviewing the UNFCCC process for a new global climate agreement, and ensuring a strong and united call for priorities for African CSOs. These included financing for adaptation, mechanisms to hold developed countries accountable to ambitious …

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Women’s Major Group Reacts to Sustainable Development Agenda 2030

Monday, August 10th, 2015

New York, NY (August 10, 2015)- The Women’s Major Group, made up of more than 600 women’s organizations and networks from around the world, recognizes the historic agenda for global sustainable development that 193 governments agreed to on Sunday.

The Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 succeeded in giving environmental goals a gender perspective as well as enumerating a number of rights and protections for women including the expansion of women’s economic opportunities, recognition of the value …

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Women’s Working Group on FfD Reaction to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (JULY 16, 2015) – “The Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) expresses its strong disappointment with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) adopted at the conclusion of the Third Financing for Development Conference that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13 to 16 July 2015.

For feminists and women’s rights organizations, the Outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development: Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) fails …

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Civil Society Response to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (JULY 16, 2015) – As the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) comes to a close, hundreds of civil society organisations respond to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

“We, members of hundreds of civil society organizations and networks from around the world engaged in the Third FfD Conference, would like to express our deepest concerns and reservations on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, based on both our ongoing contributions to the process …

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