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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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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Women’s Major Group to the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, PrepCom1

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Women’s Major Group Activities at the 1st PrepCom for the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
July 14-15, 2014
Geneva, Switzerland

The Women’s Major Group (WMG) engaged actively with the PrepCom1 from the preparatory phase through the conference itself. Activities of the WMG included sending introductory email messages on the 3rd World Conference process and how to engage with the WMG; drafting, incorporating input and delivering oral and written WMG statements at multiple opportunities …

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Women’s Mobilizing Meeting for the People’s Climate March

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

[ July 24, 2014; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

NEW YORK (July, 17 2014)– In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change.

Igniting ambition, action and urgency to this moment, in New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilization – in size, beauty, and impact. This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention …

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Gender Equality in the Post-2015 Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (HFA2)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Geneva, Switzerland (15 July 2014) — WEDO’s Eleanor Blomstrom traveled to Geneva for the First PrepCom of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction as Organizing Partner for the Women’s Major Group (WMG) in that process.

Alongside a small team of dedicated women, and with support from others following online, the members of the WMG delivered strong statements on the importance of women’s leadership and participation in all stages of disaster risk planning and …

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Gender Equality in the Climate Investment Funds (CIF)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

NEW YORK (July 3, 2014)-- On behalf of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance, WEDO’s Bridget Burns attended the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum, specifically sitting in the Observer seat of the Pilot Programme on Climate Resilience (PPCR), in addition to attending other meetings in Montego Bay, Jamaica during the period of June 21-28.

At least two other GGCA CSO members were in attendance for the Partnership Forum, Nisha Onta (WOCAN) and …

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Towards a New Climate Agreement – Update from June Climate Talks

Monday, June 30th, 2014

NEW YORK (30 June 2014)– From 4-15 June 2014, in Bonn, Germany, WEDO and its partners from the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), working alongside members of the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), attended the fortieth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40), as well as the June session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for …

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