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:
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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
by Kashmala Kakakhel, WEDO’s Climate Finance Fellow, from the 10th Board Meeting of the Green Climate Fund
This week, over 200 Observers have joined the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat and its Board Members for its 10th Board Meeting in Songdo, South Korea from July 6 – 9, 2015. In an attempt to remain transparent, the Observers (representatives of civil society organisations, media, other climate funds and Banks) have a chance to follow the session live …