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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On the road to Lima, what is the status of gender equality in current UNFCCC decisions? NEW POLICY GUIDE

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

NEW YORK (October 15, 2014)– As the UNFCCC works towards a new climate agreement at COP21 in Paris next year, WEDO is working alongside many countries championing gender equality as a key element of the new agreement. In addition, Parties and key stakeholders from the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the Women and Gender Constituency continue to build the foundation for advancing the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of current gender mandates in …

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WEDO provokes intersectional thinking at Women and Girls Rising

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The Roosevelt Institute recently hosted the Women and Girls Rising Conference, which aimed to look back at gains made by women’s activists and the prospects for future improvement. It was attended and featured speakers from a diverse group of activists, leaders, policymakers and advocates. As part of the notable program, WEDO’s Bridget Burns was the moderator for a panel on Women’s Claims on Environmental Sustainability. The panel included Noelene Nabulivou affiliated with DAWN, Diverse

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Gender Perspectives into Environmental Governance: experiences from the 2014 Yale/UNITAR conference

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

WEDO delegates attended the UNITAR-Yale Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the Future Climate Regime that took place from 5-7 September 2014. The Conference brought together more than 100 scholars and policy experts to discuss the nexus between human rights and the environment and built on more than 70 paper submissions from researchers and expert practitioners from 40 different countries. The goals of the conference were to inform: the discussion on …

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Calling for women’s rights to underpin resilience efforts in DRR (disaster risk reduction)

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Geneva, Switzerland (18 September, 2014)–The DRR Women’s Major Group (WMG) is in the midst of informal consultations regarding the “Pre-Zero Draft” for the outcome document to the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction – providing priorities and recommendations. With the 3rd World Conference just around the corner in March of 2015, the HFA2 is an enormous opportunity to learn from the past and excel in the years ahead. Major Groups and Member States alike must work hard to integrate gender equality and women’s rights in meaningful and applicable ways.

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Lost & Found in the Proposed Sustainable Development Goals – A view from WEDO

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

New York (17 September 2014)-Two months after the end of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its adoption of the proposed SDGs by acclamation, the proposal has officially moved to the 69th General Assembly and will be a main basis for integrating the SDGs into the future development agenda. What does that mean for women’s human rights, gender equality, sustainable development and environmental justice? WEDO offers a quick analysis of the SDGs from our unique perspective working on that nexus – looking at climate, disasters, women’s rights and urbanization…

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