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Submission by WECF to European Commission on Rio+20 Follow-up and Sustainable Development Goals

WECF with input from the authors of the Women's Major Group position paper on Sustainable Development Goals, has prepared and submitted a consultation, endorsed by 20 member organisations

18.01.2013 |WECF




The European Commission has organised a consultation on the Rio+20 Follow-up and Sustainable Development Goals.  WECF with input from the authors of the Women's Major Group position paper on Sustainable Development Goals, has prepared and submitted a consultation, endorsed by another 20 member organisations.

The WECF submission focusses on the need for a transformation of the current economy systems, which remain inequitable and unsustainable. An inclusive green economy needs indicators beyond GDP which values the unrecognized contributions of women and the environment to our economies.

An independent authority to assess and monitor risks of technologies (e.g. Geo-engineering, Shale-gas) and chemicals (EDCs, Nano) before their use in consumer products/markets is needed. Insurance should be compulsory before companies can sell products/technologies which might have a negative health and environmental impact. Risks and costs of Nuclear Energy are unacceptable and a strategy for EU-wide phase out needs to be engaged.

We need to halt privatization, commodification, exploitation and pollution of the commons (oceans, forests, air, water) and need binding international agreements to do so. Extractive industries are amongst the biggest polluters, we need norms and regulations for extractive industries, including for full clean-up and rehabilitation of mining sites, including uranium mining sites, and damage payments to damaged communities. 

We need to create instruments to protect rights of Future Generations at EU and UN level. A global Social Protection Floor which covers informal and precarious sectors (where most women work) is key to equitable development and avoiding conflicts. Instruments to strengthen women’s land rights and ownership tenure and prevention of land grabbing in international cooperation programmes.

Strengthen women’s rights at all levels including Sexual and Reproductive Rights – as a prerequisite for development.



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