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Observers call for the right to participate in the formulation of the new development agenda

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

NEW YORK (June 17, 2014)– At the start of the 12th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), observers to the process were asked to leave as Members entered into ‘informal informal’ discussions. In response, today observers from all the Major Groups shared an open letter to the Co-Chairs of the OWG stating:

As we call for a transformative, participatory and inclusive development framework we have to embody those

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CSOs Demand Climate Change Action is Central to Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

NEW YORK (June 17, 2014)– As the Open Working Group continues to streamline the text for the next set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), CSOs today made a strong call to the Members of the OWG to keey climate change action central and visible to the SDGs. “We believe that climate change is an existential threat to humankind and global efforts to overcome poverty and achieve sustainable development. Therefore, we also believe that climate change must be …

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Honoring Wangari Maathai- Watch LIVE & Share Memories

Monday, May 19th, 2014

[ May 19, 2014; 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm. ]

NEW YORK (May 19, 2013)– Today, Monday, May 19, 2014, WEDO is honored to co-host a celebration and tribute honoring the life and legacy of our great friend, visionary, sister and ally, Professor Wangari Muta Maathai.

Through the unveiling of a plaque to mark a tree planted by Wangari Maathai on May 17, 2005, as well as the planting of a new Dogwood tree gifted by the New York City Department of Parks and …

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Raising the Bar for REDD+: Strengthening the Role of Women and Gender Equality

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

[ May 12, 2014 to May 16, 2014. ]

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) could help countries meet global mitigation targets by providing financial incentives to preserve important habitats while empowering local communities, improving forest governance, and improving livelihood opportunities. Recently, donors and advocates for gender equality in the environment sector have been working to ensure that REDD+ frameworks also protect women’s rights and interests and empower women as leaders and agents of change. Notable strides have been made, including UN …

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CSOs: No to Green Climate Fund financing fossil fuel and harmful energy projects

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

NEW YORK (May 2, 2014)-- Prior to the upcoming meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund, WEDO joined representatives of international, regional, national and local CSOs on a statement demanding the “GCF funds will not be used directly or indirectly for financing fossil fuel and other harmful energy projects or programs.” See below for the full letter.


May 2, 2014

Dear Members and Alternate Members of the Board of the Green …

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