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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Speaking out against #ClimateChaos at CSW58

Friday, April 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, as part of the EWA program, WEDO was proud to host a side event alongside, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD), and Equidad de Género entitled “Sustainable Solutions to Ending Climate Chaos –

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58th Commission on the Status of Women: Recap and Analysis

Friday, April 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – From 10th to 21st March, WEDO and partners took part in the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) at UN Headquarters in New York.

Focused on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, this CSW was of particular significance in relation to ongoing processes to review the MDGs, set to expire in 2015, and to frame …

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Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Gender Experts Meeting on Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 9, 2014)– From April 2nd to 4th in Bonn, Germany, WEDO participated in a Joint meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi work programme, focused on Available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge (ITK) and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation. The meeting included several members of the GGCA and the WGC including Bridget …

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Mobilizing for a Social COP in Lima

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 8, 2014)- Beyond the formal negotiations at the recent ADP 2.4 session of the UNFCCC climate negotiations, there was much discussion of the road to Lima and opportunities for action and mobilization to ensure strong political will and ‘people’s voice’ at COP20. Constituencies were invited to speak with the Secretariat on the organization of the COP20 in Peru. This included introductions to the civil society liaison team which the Government of Peru …

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Towards a new climate agreement

Monday, April 7th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 7, 2014)–From March 10th to 14th, the first meeting of the UNFCCC in 2014 was held in Bonn, Germany. The fourth meeting of the second session of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Action (ADP 2.4) – which is the group tasked with developing the new climate agreement- included two work streams: 1) discussion on the elements (adaptation, mitigation, finance, technology, capacity building and MRV) of the new …

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