Presence of the Women's Major Group at Rio+20
Official interventions, press conferences and demonstrations organised by the Women's Major Group at the UN conference on sustainable development Rio+20
The Women's Major Group was active throughout the whole Conference with interventions, presentations, demonstrations. An selection of these public appearance by various members of the WMG will be presented here.
Signing the commitment of the Network fo Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment in Rio
Governments sell women out !!": Women's Major Group held Silent Demonstration, June 19th, 2012
Instead of reaffirming the commitments they made since 20 years ago in Rio, Cairo and Beijing, governments are even questioning the entire link between women and sustainable development, which is not acceptable. Therefore women organised a silence demonstration at Rio Centro on June 19
Sascha Gabizon of WECF and the Women's Major Group reacting to new text on June 17th during press conference at the Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development:
Christine von Weizsaecker, President of WECF, as representative of the WMG during the press conference on June 16th at the Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.(The woman portrayed here is not Christine von Weizsaecker)
Intervention by Hala Yousry from Egypt during the opening plenary of Rio +20.
I am Hala Yousry from Egypt. I am speaking on behalf of the Women Major Group.The women of Egypt have been on the forefront of the revolution. We were fighting, and we will keep fighting, for democracy, dignity, human rights and gender equality. All of these are preconditions of sustainable development.
Maureen Penjueli, Coordinator of Pacific Network on Globalization (PNG) from Fiji, talked at Major Groups press briefing on 13 June at Rio+20."As a Pacific islander the Ocean plays an very important part of who we are. The Ocean is part of our identity and culture and defines who we are as Pacific islanders. We are extremely concerned at how slow negotiations have progressed with many parts of the text still bracketed. We urge officials to approach negotiations with a sense of urgency given the complexities of threats faced by our oceans including impact of climate change, overfishing, pollution, ocean acidification and emerging new threats from experimental seabed mining. The impacts of which include threats to food soverignity, livelihoods which disproportionately affect women and children in the Pacific.
We call for negotiators to address the structural changes that is needed for implementation. To that end we support governments efforts to push for UNCLOS to be given teeth to make it stronger to respond to the complexities and challengers faced of the management of our Oceans. We owe it to the next generation to leave behind a healthier ocean. We are in a state of interconnected crises - financial and economic crises, food and energy crises, the ecological crises including the climate change crises and the resultant impact of growing inequality within and between states which continues to disproportionately affect women and children. It is clear that root cause of the crises is clearly linked to an endless growth model.
There needs to be a clear acknowledgement in Rio of the root causes of the crises. Unfortunately there seems to be no political will to confront the endless growth model. The business as usual model is no longer an option if we are to avert imminent disaster. We need new narratives and alternatives that will offer a different options for countries to consider how to best achieve sustainable development. There are some governments present here that are supportive of alternative forms and narratives including happiness and well being indicators but there seems to be very little political space to begin these forms of discussions. We have alternative forms of economic models of development that can offer a new paradigm to respond to our current realities and challengers. "
Inspiring activities and results of the Women's Major Group and WECF at the Rio+20 summit
An overview of some of the positions and activities of the many, which were organised by members of the Women’s Major Group during the 2 weeks of the Rio+20 negotiations and events from 13 – 22 of June 2012, Brazil
16.07.2012 | WECF International Newsletter
Rio+20 Commitments by the Network of Women Ministers and WECF
The Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment, of which WECF is one of the civil society members, met at the Rio+20 summit in Brazil on the 20th of June, and presented its commitments to strengthen women's leadership in Sustainable Development, alongside UN Women, UNDP, IUCN and UNEP, during an event organised in the UNEP pavilion.
13.07.2012 | WECF News
Women creating food sovereignty
Women organisations from Pakistan, Colombia, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinnea showed case studies of how their food sovereignty and livelihoods are being destroyed by commercial logging, mining and industrial agriculture activities, and how women are resisting.
12.07.2012 | WECF News
Key gains and losses in the Rio+20 negotiations from the perspective of gender equality and women’s priorities
Coming to Rio, it was already clear that the outcome document would be weak. The draft document contained some very worrying language against human rights, women’s rights, indigenous people’s rights, and against the precautionary principle
06.07.2012 | WECF International
Human right to water and sanitation – attacked from a transboundary perspective during the Rio+20 negotiations
Article by Sascha Gabizon, Executive Director, WECF Women in Europe for a Common Future. WECF was organising partner for the Major Group “Women” for the Rio+20 negotiations
28.06.2012 | Sascha Gabizon