Sustainable Development

WEDO works to ensure sustainable development policies, plans and practices are gender responsive.

Sustainable development – commonly understood as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need – is ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially just, and gender equality is prerequisite to it. Interdependent crises of food, fuel and climate – exacerbated by inequitable and fragile economies and social norms – need holistic attention and solutions. To that end, WEDO works to strengthen alliances between the women’s, environmental and development movements, across sectors, and across North and South.

Central to its overall vision, sustainable development has long been a cornerstone of WEDO’s mandate. Having been founded specifically to influence the 1992 Earth Summit (UNCED), WEDO has remained focused on strategic advocacy at critical global sustainable development fora, including at the Rio Conventions, the Commission on Sustainable Development, and Rio+20 and its follow-up, as well as national-level processes in several partner countries.

One of the most urgent issues on the global agenda, climate change remains a top priority for WEDO’s advocacy, capacity building, information sharing and other efforts to link gender equality and sustainable development; read about our work on other cross-cutting issues here:

Climate Change
Biodiversity
Water
Food Security
Forests
Urbanization

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Project in focus:
In 2012, WEDO is partnering with WECF, Voices of African Mothers (VAM), ENERGIA, DAWN and more than 200 other women’s organizations as part of the Women’s Major Group for the Rio+20 process. Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, when outcomes Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration integrated women’s and gender equality issues to an unprecedented extent, the Women’s Major Group and its supporters work to ensure those policy gains are not forgotten – and that action and commitment to implementation (including funding) build on that groundwork instead. Post-Rio+20 in June, WEDO will remain closely engaged in the process to establish a post-2015 development framework. Read more about Rio+20 here.

The Latest Sustainable Development 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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Women Demand Climate Justice At The People’s Climate March

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

NEW YORK (September 23, 2014)– Hundreds of women and men, friends and family, feminists, activists, and allies, including long-time gender equality champion, former President of Finland, Her Excellency Tarja Halonen, marched together at Sunday’s People’s Climate March in New York City to proclaim that there can be “no climate justice without gender justice”. This sentiment acknowledges that women, particularly in the Global South, have contributed the least to global warming and degradation of …

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Join Women for Climate Justice at the People’s Climate March!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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The diverse, vibrant and energetic community of women activists in the US and around the world are helping to lead the way on climate justice. This Sunday, you can march in solidarity with all women on the frontlines of climate disruption http://www.climatewomen.squarespace.com/ Read the ‘Women for Climate Justice’ Contingent’s Call to March!

Where are women and feminist activists assembling?
The ‘Women for Climate Justice’ contingent will be meeting at 68th Street and Central Park West …

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Interventions and Statements by the Women’s Major Group for DRR

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The Women’s Major Group for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is actively providing inputs and recommendations to the preparatory process for the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). The outcome will be a 15-year Framework of Action, and it must fully integrate gender equality and women’s rights, and include accountability to its implementation.

Listed here are the interventions and statements produced collaboratively by the members of the Women’s Major Group, which is facilitated by …

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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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