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Breast Cancer: Policy and Prevention

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International “Nesting” programme – A Healthy Environment for Healthy Children

Women's Major Group -Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 Development Agenda

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Safe and Sustainable Sanitation for Women and Girls

EDC Free Coalition Public Consultation

Asbestos: a silent killer on a global scale – substitute it now!

WHO European Environment and Health Process (EEHP)

Women and Gender Constituency at UNFCCC

Women's Global Call for Climate Justice

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Don't Nuke the Climate - Paris 2015

Gender E3 Working Group in the European Parliament

Sustainable Sanitation- the five year drive to 2015

Women and Gender Constituency at COP20 Lima, Peru

Women Economic Empowerment & the Green Economy

UNECEs 5th MOP to the Aarhus Convention, Maastricht 2014

Nuclear Power is not a solution to climate change – plug into renewables

WECF at the COP19 in Warsaw: Climate Finance and Gender Equality

International ‘Safe Toys’ Coalition – toxic free children products

Online discussion group INTERA

UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 - Rio +20

Toxic free beauty - safe cosmetics

Networks for Healthy Food

Climate Justice – mitigation and adaptation for vulnerable groups

Commission for Sustainable Development

The Golden Nuclear Fuelrod Award

ToNi-Finder - WECF's Map for Sustainable School Toilets and Nitrate Levels

2010 - International Year of Biodiversity

Children's Environmental Health Award 2010

International Year of Sanitation 2008

Children's Environmental Action Plan for Europe

REACH - Eliminating Toxic Chemicals in the EU



Join Women on the Road to Rio+20

UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 - Rio + 20

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Countries: international
Partners: VAM - Voices of African mothers; WEDO, ENERGIA; WOCAN, Global Forest Coalition, Earth Care Africa, Earth Day Network and many other regional and global networks
Duration: 06/2010 - 06/2012

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or 'Rio+20') will take place June  2012, in Rio de Janeiro, 20 years after the historic Earth Summit. Women's participation in the process and input on the themes and objective are crucial to a successful outcome. WECF is co-organising partner, together with Voices of African Mothers, for all input from women worldwide. WECF and VAM coordinate all activities closely with the Women's Rio+20 Steering Committee.

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The Women’s Major Group/Rio+20 Steering Committee is facilitating ways to make the links among the many women, men, organizations and movements from all corners of the world taking action for a gender-responsive Rio+20.

Sign the Women's Rio+20 position statement
The Women's major group has submitted its policy recommendations for Rio+20 to the United Nations on the 1st of November. Over 70 organisations and numerous individual contributors have signed on to the Women's major group submission. Go to this website and sign onto the Women's position statement, the more support the better! http://www.womenrio20.org/

Be Part of the Official Process
Join the Listserv for Women’s Major Group Rio+20 Steering Committee. The listserv is for anyone interested in planning for the official process for Rio+20. The group schedules monthly teleconferences; circulates information about meetings, conferences, position papers; and discusses ideas and activities. To join, send an email to chantal.vandenbossche@wecf.eu

Join our monthly conference calls
Join the Women's Rio+20 steering committee monthly conference calls. Contact: 
karin.volha@wecf.eu

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In Geneva, on 16-17 February, WECF participated on the workshop on reporting under the protocol on water and health (PWH), organised by the PWH secreatariat of the WHO regional office for Europe and the UNECE
22.02.2010 | Margriet Samwel


Women's Caucus presented its message to Ministers of Environment present in Bali
Today the Women's Caucus presented its message to the Ministers of Environment present at this years UNEP Governing Council and Global Ministers for the Environment Forum in Bali, Indonesia, February 23-26 2010
22.02.2010 | WECF Press Release


Women's Caucus presented its message to Ministers of Environment present in Bali
Today the Women's Caucus presented its message to the Ministers of Environment present at this years UNEP Governing Council and Global Ministers for the Environment Forum in Bali, Indonesia, February 23-26 2010
22.02.2010 | WECF Press Release


Release of the Hashimoto Action Plan II
Letter by the Chair of UNSGAB, HRH Prince Willem-Alexander, the Prince of Orange
16.02.2010 | UNSGAB


Parma: WECF coordinator for environmental NGOs at 5th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Parma, 10-12 March 2010
The preparations for the next WHO Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health are fully underway. Here is a letter to the NGO's concerned.
10.02.2010 | Olivia Radu


SanWat Sektorerhebung
SanWat Sector Survey of German NGO's: WECF Sanitation and Water Group supports the initiative by the German Forum Environment and Development (WG water).
09.02.2010 | Claudia Wendland


WECF publication presents 4 renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions for low income rural areas
The new WECF brochure presents how WECF experts and partners developed and adapted technolgies for solar water heaters, local insulation materials, biogas and solar food driers.
04.02.2010


WECF beaten by Foundation Niketan in toilet photo competition
WECF took part in a ' toilet competition' organised by Mambapoint TV in the Netherlands to raise more awareness for the lack of proper and sustainable sanitation in Europe and in developing countries
25.01.2010 | Chantal van den Bossche


Tauziehen um die solare Zukunft
Report on Green City action, in cooperation with WECF Germany, on Munich's Marienplatz
25.01.2010 | cleanenergy-project.de


WECF a lancé avec la CLEF et de nombreuses ONG la Campagne « With Women »
Le 8 janvier WECF a lancé avec la CLEF et de nombreuses ONG la Campagne « With Women », soutenue par Corinne Lepage, Nicole Fontaine et Michèle André, ainsi que par l’UNESCO. Un lancement très réussi au Sénat, en présence de nombreuses associations de femmes
18.01.2010 | WECF France


WECF joins new campaign "With Women"
On January 8, WECF launched the Campaign "With Women", together with the french Coordination of EWL and the support of Corinne Lepage, Nicole Fontaine, Michèle André, and UNESCO
18.01.2010 | WECF Press Release


WECF joins new campaign "With Women"
On January 8, WECF launched the Campaign "With Women", together with the french Coordination of the European Women's Lobby and the support of Corinne Lepage, Nicole Fontaine, Michèle André, and UNESCO. A successful launch meeting took place in the Senate in Paris, with the presence of many women's associations and NGO's.
18.01.2010 | WECF Press Release


Report on the results of drafting the ministerial declaration of the 5th Environment and Health conference, to be held in Parma, Italy 10-12 March 2010
More than 100 representatives of member states, IGOs, NGOs and other organisations came to the final round of negotiations of the draft ministerial declaration in Bonn, on January 13 and 14. 2010
15.01.2010 | Sascha Gabizon


Report on the EHAP Consultative Forum
On December 3rd 2009, the European Commission organised the annual Consultative Forum on the Environment and Health Action Plan. WECF participated with Sascha Gabizon, Demi Theodori and Anne Corinne Zimmer.
02.01.2010 | Sascha Gabizon


Ministers worried about hazardous chemicals cocktails, but postpone action
Environment, health, women’s and consumer organizations welcome ministers' recognition but warn that urgent measures are needed
22.12.2009 | Joint NGO Press Release


Live from Copenhagen: Successful call of International NGOs at UN Climate Meeting
Over 50,000 People from Around the World demand a “Nuclear Free Climate Agreement”
15.12.2009 | WECF Press Release


Live from Copenhagen: Action for Nuclear Free Climate Postponed
Today at the Bella Center: Joint NGO Action for Nuclear Free Climate
15.12.2009 | WECF Press Release


WECF and 3 partners of Coalition for Climate Justice submit funding request to Netherlands Ministry of Development Cooperation
Climate Change: addressing the challenge
12.12.2009 | WECF Press Release


Copenhagen: 968 detained at climate rally urging bold pact
thousands of protesters marched through the chilly Danish capital and nearly 1,000 were detained Saturday in a mass rally to demand an ambitious global climate pact, just as talks hit a snag over rich nations' demands on China and other emerging economies
12.12.2009 | Associated Press


Human Rights Day
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: Treaty of Lisbon – Environmental Protection and the Right to Water
10.12.2009 | Anke Stock


Countdown to Copenhagen: WECF publishes book on Nuclear Energy "The Critical Question"
In both English and German, The Critical Question offers first hand reports from the frontlines of the nuclear fuel chain
04.12.2009 | WECF Press Release


Live from Copenhagen : WECF at the Climate Summit
With five side events, an exhibition a book-launch and 55 delegation partners, WECF emphasised the need for a strong and equitable outcome of the Climate negotiations
03.12.2009 | WECF Press Release


New European Pollutant and Transfer Register Launched
This week the European Commission and the European Environment Agency launched a new European Pollutant and Transfer Register (E-PRTR)
12.11.2009 | Anke Stock


Copenhagen Climate Summit 2009
WECF was present at the UN Climate Change Conference 2009
01.11.2009 | WECF Event


Dniester River Conference 2009
The International Conference "Transboundary Dniester River Basin Management and the EU Water Framework Directive" took place from 30th September to 1st October 2009 in Odessa, Ukraine
30.10.2009 | Anna Samwel


To the 20th Birthday of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
In a changing world, WECF fosters the right to a healthy environment for all and especially for children
26.10.2009 | Olga Artamonova


ECO Forum/WECF and HEAL report
EEHC and Ministerial Declaration drafting group meetings October 13-15, 2009 Parma, Italy, in preparation of the 5th Ministerial Conference on Health and Environment to take place in Italy,9 – 12 March 2010
26.10.2009 | Sascha Gabizon (WECF) and Genon Jensen (HEAL)


L'UNHCR en stage: Les Nations unies au Salève
Reportage
26.10.2009 | Dauphiné Liberé


Video Report on Annemasse NGO WECF France
l’UNHCR – Haut Commissariat aux Réfugiés des Nations Unies a organisé dans la cité frontalière de Genève un stage de formation pour ses officiers. Retrouvez ici le reportage réalisé
17.10.2009


Aarhus Convention news: Protocol on Pollutants Release and Transfer Registers
PRTR adopted at Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention in Kiev, October 2009
12.10.2009 | Anke Stock


Children's Environmental Health: WECF calls for good project examples
Good Practice Award will be awarded during Ministerial Conference in Italy in March 2010
04.10.2009 | Olivia Radu


Report of the Meetings of the Task Force on Public Participation in International Forums and of the Expert Group on Public Participation, 6, 7 and 8 July 2009 in Geneva
WECF participated heading the NGO coalition on behalf of the European Eco-Forum during the Fourth meeting of the Task Force
15.07.2009 | Anke Stock


WECF present at International Soroptimists Conference in Amsterdam 9-11 July 2009
Soroptimists Go For Water: WECF partners and staff give presentation on Ecological Sanitation in Eastern Central Europe
07.07.2009 | Chantal van den Bossche


Noreena Hertz, Minister Cramer at WECF Anniversary
WECF celebrated 15 year anniversary with conference "Innovation for sustainability - the crisis as opportunity"
11.06.2009 | Chantal van den Bossche


Noreena Hertz, die niederländische Umweltministerin und führende lokale und globale Persönlichkeiten für Nachhaltigkeit beim WECF Jahrestag
WECF begeht in Den Haag den 15. Jahrestag mit einer Konferenz zum Thema
11.06.2009 | Johanna Hausmann


Countdown to Copenhagen: Bonn Climate Change Talks Invitation
Announcement of the WECF Side Event at 9 june 2009
01.06.2009 | WECF Press Release


5th World Water Forum, Istanbul 2009
WECF activities and stand at the 5th World Water Forum
16.03.2009 | WECF Event


Nairobi UNEP GC: Governments come and go – but women stay: governments listen to the women’s major group at UNEP
Executive director of WECF, Sascha Gabizon, represented the Women’s major group at the Governing Council Meeting of the United Nations Environment Programme.
02.03.2009 | Sascha Gabizon


Report from the workshop on setting targets and reporting, Geneva 10-11 February
Report from the workshop by Anna Tsvetkova, coordinator of EcoForum issue group and member of WECF's International Advisory Board
23.02.2009 | Anna Tsvetkova


Nesting Spain officially launched: website helping parents to create a safe and healthy environment now available in 7 languages
Lo que desea tu bebé – un comienzo sano desde el principio
02.02.2009 | Isabella Ripa, WECF Spain


Europe's Sanitation Problem, WECF report on seminar during Stockholm World Water Week
20.01.2009


WECF co-organises Expert Group Meeting on Gender, Water and Sanitation
WECF, as part of the UN task force on gender and water, co-organised 2 day expert group meeting on December 1 and 2, at UN headquarters in New York - Defining better indicators for global and national progress on MDG 7
20.12.2008 | Sascha Gabizon


Live from Poznan: Gender cc statement by WECF IAB member during closing session Poznan
Svitlana Slesarenok speaks on behalf of the Women's Caucus on Gender and Climate Change
14.12.2008 | WECF Press Release


"Spoilsports! Let's get rid of toxic toys!" WECF campaign for toxic-free toys
Proposed revision of the European toys legislation continues to allow carcinogens and hormone disrupting substances in toys, WECF organises international press actions
11.12.2008 | WECF


Live from Poznan: Nuclear Power is a Mickey Mouse solution to Climate Change
300 NGO's say no to nuclear energy as a solution to Climate Change during meeting in Poznan
11.12.2008 | Joint Press Release


"Stop aux mauvais joueurs! Finissons-en avec les jouets empoisonnés!
WECF lance une CAMPAGNE pour la Révision de la Directive Européenne sur la Sécurité des Jouets : à partir du 1er décembre 2008
10.12.2008 | WECF Press Release


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) turns 60
Human Rights Day - 10 December 2008 - WECF states: "A Healthy Environment for All is a basic human right"
10.12.2008 | Anke Stock


Live from Poznan: WECF and Inforse side event on Poverty Reduction in Asia & EECCA
Sustainable energy and climate change policies: a zero carbon scenario in the EU
09.12.2008 | Nicole van Gemert


WECF, has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Foundation CONAMA in Spain
Foundation CONAMA is the organiser of the National Environment Congress that runs every two years in Madrid and started on December 1st
01.12.2008 | WECF Press Release


L’impact des substances chimiques sur la santé, en particulier sur le fœtus et le jeune enfant, enfin inscrit à l’ordre du jour politique
The impact of chemicals on health, especially in fetuses and young children, finally on French political agenda
01.12.2008 | WECF France Press Release


Pre-final Russian version of HeRWAI (Health Rights of Women Assessment Instrument)
To be published in Russian by WECF and Aim for Human Rights in early 2009
29.11.2008


Spelbrekers! Geen gif in het speelgoed van onze kinderen!
WECF teleurgesteld: 16 december keurde het Europese Parlement de nieuwe speelgoedrichtlijn goed
27.11.2008 | WECF Press Release


WECF Executive Director online expert on United Nations website
On November 21st, Sascha Gabizon, executive director of WECF, featured on the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) homepage as an invited expert for an online discussion.
21.11.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


WECF France: It's about time that EU commits itself to common healthy, environmentally friendly agricultural policy
Avenir de la Politique Agricole Commune : Il est temps que l’UE s’engage dans la voie d’une agriculture saine et respectueuse de l’environnement
18.11.2008 | WECF Press Release


report from Madrid working group meeting on Guidelines on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Weather Events
First Meeting of the drafting group on Guidelines on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Weather Events
06.11.2008 | WECF partner AWHHE


What Happened at POPRC4: reviewing chemicals proposed for listing of the Stockholm Convention
The Stockholm Convention POPs Review Committee (POPRC) met for the fourth time from 12 – 17 October in Geneva to make important decisions on candidates for addition to the Convention.
03.11.2008 | Ipennetwork


Pesticides not only destroy insects' nervous system; children's as well
European Parliament will vote for new pesticides regulations. Stricter regulations will be especially important for agricultural sector
29.10.2008 | WECF Press Release


International Advisory Board meeting at WECF offices
The International Advisory Board of WECF met from 22nd - 24th of September 2008 at WECF’s offices in Munich
21.10.2008 | Bistra Mihaylova


Welt Wasser Woche in Stockholm: WECF bringt Europas Sanitationsproblem auf die Agenda
20.10.2008 | Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung


WECF France will co-organise the “Fair Trade Weeks” in Annemasse in Mai 2009 together with ATB, a local association.
Nathalia Dejean of WECF France will present the action in November to different shops
18.10.2008 | Anne Barre


Major threat to Lake Sevan Armenia - WECF sent letter of concern
Strategic stock of fresh water for Armenian population is threatened by mining industry
15.10.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


Report on WECF lunch event at European Parliament on developmental harm of children
Europe's children’s brains and reproductive organs are at risk from hazardous chemicals if European Parliament does not improve proposed legislation on pesticides, toys, cosmetics and chemicals
09.10.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


WECF shared practical experiences with students at IHE
In the framework of the Summerschool at UNESCO IHE, Alp Ergünsel and Claudia Wendland from WECF gave lectures to international MSc.
25.09.2008 | Claudia Wendland


Will French taxpayer again have to pay for nuclear plants in neighbouring country?
WECF is worried that nuclear industry is making promises which will not be kept
24.09.2008 | WECF Press Release


"Contaminés dès les biberons" - article on WECF's work on chemicals in L'Express Magazine
Contamination from within the bottle and from other baby toys
18.09.2008 | L'Express, Vincent Olivier


Environment Groups Giving a Face to Climate Change - Interview with WECF's Sabine Bock
interview with Sabine Bock, Climate Change Coordinator WECF
18.09.2008 | Deutsche Welle


267 Chemikalien am Pranger
Article on SIN list and WECF's work in Berliner Tageszeitung
17.09.2008 | Heike Holdinghausen


WECF support 'End Water Poverty'
coalition of NGO's have pledged their support for bold action to meet the sanitation and water MDG targets.
12.09.2008 | Claudia Wendland and Sascha Gabizon


WECF issues annual report and publishes new flyer
2007, a year of continuing growth and development for WECF
11.09.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


Safe and affordable toilets for all Europeans
WECF at Stockholm World Water Week: Europe needs a rural action sanitation plan
21.08.2008 | WECF Press Release


Stockholm World Water Week: WECF puts Europe's sanitation problems on the agenda
WECF seminar at the World Water Week looks at urgent measures to provide safe sanitation for 20 million European citizens living in inacceptable bad hygienic circumstances
19.08.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


Europe‘s Sanitation Problem - Discussion Paper on sustainable, affordable and safe sanitation in the EU
Sustainable, Affordable and Safe Sanitation for citizens in the European Union – impossible?
13.08.2008


Sustainable Sanitation - the five year drive to 2015
WECF has been campaining for many years on the right to sustainable water and sanitation at home and in schools
01.08.2008 | WECF Campaign


Training on Health Rights of Women Assessment Instrument (HeRWAI)
On 14th and 15th of June 2008 WECF organised a training with the aim to introduce HeRWAI, the Health Rights of Women Assessment Instrument developed by Aim for human rights, an international NGO based in the Netherlands.
18.07.2008 | Anke Stock and Jennifer Ricketts


Aarhus convention – the international law on civil participation celebrates tenth birthday
WECF participated with 9 partners from Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Russia in the Third Meeting of the Parties (MOP-3)
18.06.2008 | Anke Stock and Karin Adolph


Global Energy Conference at the European Parliament
Energy Globe Foundation and the Committees of the European Parliament (ITRE) hosted conference„Awareness Raising and best practice as key tools for implementing energy efficiency“, Brussels, May 27th, 2008
01.06.2008 | Margriet Samwel


New Chair CSD positive on women's networks during Convention on Biodiversity, Bonn
WECF glad with addition of Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Gerda Verburg, at Meeting Network of Women Ministers during Convention on Biodiversity (tekst in het Nederlands)
01.06.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


Poor sanitation is a major contributing factor to high levels of child mortality occurring in developing countries
WECF present at international Workshop „Water and Sanitation in International development and disaster relief“, organised by the University of Edinburgh and UNESCO, 28-30 May in Edinburgh, Scotland
30.05.2008 | Margriet Samwel


New European Chemicals Agency must act on hazardous chemicals
A coalition of European environmental, health,women’s and consumer groups, including WECF, is calling for the new European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to giveabsolute priority to the protection of public health and the environment.
26.05.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


Without diversity everything is grey!
WECF joins Planet Diversity, the world congress on the future of food and agriculture
14.05.2008 | Karin Adolph


WECF partner Central Asian Alliance for Water (CAAW) present at CSD, New York
WECF networkpartner presents succesful ecosanitation programs during side event panel discussion (press release in Dutch)
13.05.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


Petition for GMO-free village
WECF signed Greenpeace letter for a GMO free Borger Odoorn (tekst in het Nederlands)
09.05.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


WECF alerts EU Ministers of Health and EU Commissioners on pesticides
Letter emphasises the need to eliminate the most hazardous pesticides from the EU food chain in order to protect our most vulnerable groups from reproductive and developmental harm.
02.05.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


WECF director speaks at UNEP business and environment conference, Singapore
Chances for business – NGO partnerships
02.05.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


Dutch Environment Minister attends WECF presentation in Georgia
WECF Field Officer Anna Samwel presented on Labour Day ecosan toilet projects to Dutch Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer
02.05.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


Prevention is the cure!
WECF's message on primary prevention of breast cancer well received at Breast Cancer Conference in Berlin (press releases in English and German)
16.04.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


Matra Project Belarus
WECF baseline surveys to improve capacity building in the areas of water, waste and energy efficiency in Belarus”.
12.04.2008 | Tatiana Deriviago


Meeting of the Task Force on Indicators and Reporting to the Protocol on Water and Health
The First meeting of the Task Force on Indicators and Reporting to the Protocol on water and Health took place on 13–14 March 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.
14.03.2008 | Anna Tsvetskova


Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater
In 2006 the World Health Organization published its new Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater. Together the Guidelines offer a safety framework, and minimum requirements for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater in agriculture and aquaculture. Anyone interested in safe wastewater management will benefit from getting acquainted with the guidelines.
06.03.2008 | Sanna-Mari Kuisma


Water scarcity and Climate Change
WECF present at European Parliamentarians' brainstorm on water scarcity
26.02.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


No toxic substances in children's toys
WECF demands a ban on all hazardous substances in toys as European Commission presents draft proposal for new toys directive
25.01.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche


Nuclear Power increases child leukaemia risk
Children living within three miles of nuclear power stations are more than twice as likely to get leukaemia as those who live further away, scientists say
10.01.2008 | The Telegraph UK, Nic Fleming


International Year of Sanitation
Putting sustainable sanitation on the top of the European agenda in the International Year of Sanitation 2008
01.01.2008 | WECF Campaign


Asbestos a silent killer on a global scale - WECFs work on asbestos and the Rotterdam Convention
Asbestos is banned in most industrialized countries: yet it is the biggest occupational killer worldwide: the International Labor Organization estimates asbestos causes 100,000 deaths globally every year through occupational exposure alone. Still asbestos is being produced by many countries, including Canada and Kazakhstan.
01.01.2008 | WECF Campaign


European Eco-Forum’s Aarhus Strategy Meeting
On 17 and 18 December 2007 the European Eco-Forum’s Strategy Meeting on the Aarhus Convention took place in Vienna
19.12.2007 | Anke Stock


Don't Nuke the Planet!
WECF organizes anti-nuclear protest at Climate Conference in Bali (text in English and German)
13.12.2007 | Sabine Bock


What is the Story of Stuff?
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the downside of our production and consumption patterns
10.12.2007 | Chantal van den Bossche


Aarhus Convention: reporting cycle for 3rd meeting of the parties
Call for Action
05.12.2007 | Anke Stock


Aarhus Convention: Third Meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in International Forums
The Almaty Guidelines and their future after MOP 3
30.11.2007 | Anke Stock


WAVE Report 2007 Available
Women as the voice for the right to a healthy environment
23.11.2007 | Jasmine Osorio


INFO + ACT
Newest development on REACH
22.11.2007 | Sascha Gabizon


WAVE Belgrade Declaration- adopted
120 participants from 30 countries call for the Right to a Healthy Environment
13.11.2007 | Jasmine Osorio


Women's Environment organisation organise a conference for the right to a healthy environment
Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) aktiv bei der UNECE Konferenz „Umwelt für Europa“ im Rahmen der Europäischen Umweltministerkonferenz in Belgrad (text in German)
09.10.2007 | Johanna Hausmann


50 years after the nuclear accident in Mayak, Russia - lessons have not been learned
Mayak 1957, Tschernobyl 1986 – und wenig dazugelernt, WECF fordert die Abkehr von der Atomenergie (text in German)
02.10.2007 | Johanna Hausmann


Almaty Guidelines on PPIF
Request for comments.
10.09.2007 | Anke Stock


Awards highlight eco-tech measures that can save children’s lives
3 WECF Partners and 1 WECF Member were among the top 15 winners to showcase their projects at the Vienna Health and Environment Inter-ministerial Conference
16.07.2007 | WECF Press Release


European Environmental Policy
Meeting between NGO and Minister on the Environment, 19th of June (text in Dutch)
26.06.2007 | Sascha Gabizon


Children have a right to a healthy environment
WHO should set up a competition for the best children's environmental health programme. (Text in German)
20.06.2007 | Johanna Hausmann


CEHAPE Process - Children's healthy environment
WECF Partners from Armenia, Romania and Georgia won "Best-practice-Award" in Vienna (text in German)
15.06.2007 | Johanna Hausmann


Too early to celebrate REACH
Flaws and weaknesses, say environmental and health NGOs.
25.05.2007 | Sonja Haider


WECF CSD 15 side event May 2, 2007 - "From Best Practice to Policy”
Effective policies for countries in transition to address indoor and outdoor air pollution, health effects from nuclear industry and promotion of energy efficiency and Renewables.
14.05.2007 | Sabine Bock


Women as the Voice for the Right to a Healthy Environment
WECF took part in the UNECE "Environment for Europe" Conference from October 10 - 12, 2007 in Belgrade, Serbia and held its own network meeting
01.05.2007 | WECF Event


Integrating Health into Lisbon has reached Commission ears!
Results of the Consultative Forum on the Midterm Review of the Environment and Health Action plan
24.04.2007 | Jasmine Osorio


WECF Report: Environmental Health and the Lisbon Agenda
WECF makes report and summary from the High Level Roundtable in Brussels available online.
24.04.2007 | Jasmine Osorio


The EU environmental NGO Statement on CSD 15
WECF provides input on countries in transition on energy poverty, nuclear risk and climate change
01.03.2007 | Sabine Bock


Aarhus Convention
Campaign on Public Participation – NGOs Input
23.02.2007 | Anke Stock


Breast Cancer: Policy and Prevention
Linking Breast cancer and our environment; is chemical exposure the missing link factor in the rise of the breast cancer epidemic?
01.01.2007 | WECF Campaign


Stand Up Against Poverty
World record attempt Stand Up Against Poverty 15 & 16 oktober
30.10.2006 | Ger Roebeling


WECF organizes High-Level Roundtable, November 27th, Brussels
International Event on Environmental Health aspects of the Lisbon Agenda and the Sustainable Development Strategy: "Clean, clever and competitive from a citizen's perspective"
12.07.2006 | Irma Thijssen


WECF Activity Report 2005
Women in Europe - Dreams and Drives - Projects and Advocacy
03.07.2006


European Women's Lobby Petition
Advancing equality between women and men through the better provision of care services in European Union (Text in English and French)
26.06.2006 | Sascha Gabizon


4th World Water Forum Mexico 2006
The water and sanitation sector meets every three years at the World Water Forum
01.01.2006 | WECF Event


WECF writes letter to Dutch Ministers
Lot of vegetables and fruit still contain residues; women are concerned about health of children and unborn baby's
23.12.2005 | Irma Thijssen


Toxic Teddybears
PBDEs in all plush toys tested
21.12.2005 | Sascha Gabizon


Aarhus Convention
Information, public participation and access to justice - useful tools for WECF and its members
13.12.2005


Baby milk scare shows urgent need for a strong REACH
Comment by Greenpeace and the European Public Health Alliance Environment Network (text in english and in dutch)
01.12.2005 | Sascha Gabizon / Irma Thijssen


WECF and AWHHE host side event at Ministerial Conference
WECF and it's Armenian member AWHHE host side-event at the Ministerial Conference on Financing Water and Sanitation in the EECCA region, 18 November 2005, Yerevan, Armenia
15.11.2005 | Sascha Gabizon


EU chemicals regulation in bad shape - send an email to your MEP now!
Last days before the EU Parliament Vote - Chemical Reaction is asking for EU citizens to act
10.11.2005 | Daniela Rosche


WECF writes letter to European Voice
WECF sends a letter to the editor of the European Voice on the nomination of Hartmut Nassauer
29.09.2005 | Sascha Gabizon


Dutch NGOs present Sustainability Manifesto
Only by respecting the rights of the poor, and by reducing one's 'ecological footprint' can the Milennium Development Goals be met (text in Dutch)
01.09.2005 | Sascha Gabizon


Joint open letter to EU Environment Minister
European NGOs including WECF have written an open letter to the EU Environment Minister about the ban on Deca­B.D
11.07.2005 | Sascha Gabizon


Millenium Development + 5 Summit
Women's major group statement Millenium Development +5 Summit WECF endorses and contributes to the women's statement
16.06.2005 | Sascha Gabizon


WECF goes to Brussels
WECF meets with the new European Environment Commissioner Mr. Stravos Dimas
13.06.2005 | Sascha Gabizon


Petitie aan Nederlands parlement
Oproep om petitie aan Nederlands parlement te steunen voor meer financiele mogelijkheden voor maatschappelijke initiatieven gericht op duurzame ontwikkeling en milieu.
10.05.2005 | Sascha Gabizon


Greece - REACH Youth Event
REACH youth event Athens
01.04.2005 | WECF Event


Lozing hexachloorbenzeenhoudend slib in de Rijn (text in Dutch only)
Minister Peijs geeft toestemming tot het lozen van grote hoeveelheden slib, verontreinigd met een kankerverwekkende en hormoonverstorende stoff
31.03.2005 | Isolde van Overbeek


8 Maart Persbericht Vrouwen voor Water conferentie
(text in Dutch only)
08.03.2005 | Margreet Munneke


WECF side event at Beijing+10 on Women and Environment
and USA withdraws its anti-sexual and reproductive rights ammendment
07.03.2005 | Muborak Sharipova


Beijing 10+
Ten years after the commitment of worls leaders to strengthening women's rights and involvement worldwide, WECF organized a conference on Women, Health and Environment at the NGO Forum
01.02.2005 | WECF Event


WECF's 8 points to strengthen REACH
WECF and Dutch NGOs sent a letter on REACH to Dutch Prime-Minister and parliament
22.12.2004 | Sascha Gabizon


Statement on Women and Environment for Beijing+10
Genanet, WECF and other women's organisations prepare statement on
21.12.2004 | Sascha Gabizon


Mainstreaming Gender into Climate Change policies
Statement presented at the Climate Convention Conference of Parties in Buenos Aires, December 2004.
17.12.2004 | Ulrike Röhr


Joint Lobby Action - EU chemicals directive REACH
German environment NGOs and WECF send letters to German Ministers of Economy and Environment
30.11.2004 | Sascha Gabizon


WECF and MNGM send letter to Dutch MPs
A call from the Netherlands for a better and healthier chemical policy.
13.09.2004 | Sonja Haider


WECF calls on new European Members of Parliament
Support a strong chemicals legislation (REACH) to protect our health
16.07.2004 | Sylvia Altamira


WECF gives 3000 signatures to Secretary of State for Environment Mr. van Geel
Dutch Women want Toxic-Free Bodies (bericht in het Nederlands)
12.07.2004 | Marie Kranendonk


WECF Report from Budapest – June 2004
More than 100 women from 25 countries of the WECF network came to Budapest to take part in the Health and Environment Conferences. Much happened...
08.07.2004 | Sonja Haider


Hungarian Women's Chemicals and Health Day
WECF organises training and media action with Hungarian Women's Organisations on the dangers of chemicals in daily-life products such as cosmetics and children's toys
05.07.2004 | Sylvia Altamira


Don`t pollute our babies bodies!
Women in Europe for a Common Future Members Stand in Silent Appeal to WHO Conference Delegates
30.06.2004 | WECF Press Release


WECF invitation and draft agenda for Budapest 2004
The letter of invitation and the draft agenda for “Our Common Future - European Women’s Conference for a Sustainable Future” are ready.
27.05.2004 | Marie Kranendonk


Budapest Health and Environment Ministerial Conference 2004
NGO strategy meeting, Bussels 15-16 December 2003
25.05.2004 | Sascha Gabizon


Paris Appeal: WECF calls for signing this declaration
Declaration on the link between cancer and environmental pollution presented during conference "Cancer, Environment and Society"
23.05.2004 | Sascha Gabizon


Women demand end to pollution of humans
Call for Action: Towards a Toxic Free Future. Women and children should not be the testing ground for industry
15.04.2004 | Sascha Gabizon


"Our Common Future"
WECF network conference in Budapest 2004: 100 European women's leaders build capacity on participation in policy making
01.03.2004 | WECF Event


3rd World Water Forum, Kyoto 2003
WECF present at the conference of the water and sanitation sector
01.01.2003 | WECF Event



More Information

The 1992 Earth Summit brought the need for sustainable development to the global agenda, led to a number of key Conventions designed to reduce environmental degradation and limit the impacts of climate change, and to move the world towards fair and green development and eradication of poverty. The Earth Summit also led to Agenda21, in which women were - for the first time - defined as one of the nine major groups  with a critical role to play in the formulation and implementation of policies for sustainable development.

Many of the women-led environmental and development organisations which were created in preparation for the 1992 Earth Summit, or to respond to its requirements, are now joining forces to work together to create a global women’s movement for equitable and green development, with women as leaders and catalysts for change.

What is at Stake at Rio+20 in 2012?

Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of present generations without compromising those of future generations. The 1992 Earth Summit led to worldwide recognition that the current development model is not sustainable - that we need to decouple economic and social development from resource depletion and environmental pollution, and also restructure inequitable systems that perpetuate poverty. The Earth Summit led to historic Conventions, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). But global environmental and development governance has been fragmented and thus too weak to ensure real change, especially in terms of implementation of agreements. Global trade agreements and financial institutions have had more influence on development than Agenda 21, and lack of adequate national legislation and frameworks for sustainable development have also contributed to the lack of progress so far in achieving the aims of the Earth Summit.

Rio+20 will need to reform our global environmental and development governance, to ensure that sustainable development becomes the leading paradigm for international, national and local policy makers. It will need to produce international agreements to implement sustainable development, based on green, just and equitable economic indicators and tools. Rio+20 will also need to upgrade public participation, allowing and supporting civil society organisations to participate meaningfully in the discussions and negotiations, with women’s full engagement and leadership.

What women are planning for Rio+20 so far:

International preparations:

We are inviting women organisations from all sectors and regions to join in the preparations for the Rio+20. We are setting up a coordinating group to steer our activities towards Rio+20 and have set up a list-serve to share our plans and documents.

We will organise a women’s best practice fair during the prepcom for Rio+20 in 2011, and share our experience through best-practices publications.

We will coordinate with media organisations and organise media events and press contributions, including through new media.

National and regional preparations

We encourage women to become active in the national and regional preparation processes for Rio+20. Together with other major groups, governments, local authorities, parliamentarians, sustainable development councils and media organisations, we want to come up with creative and innovative recommendations and let our policy makers know that we expect transformative results to come from Rio+20.

How can you get involved? 

We call on women from local government, parliamentarians, women entrepreneurs, academics, unionists, artists, scientists, and all types of women’s organisations to think and plan with us and develop common recommendations. Send us your ideas, join our regular coordination conference calls, add your name and logo, spread our call and link to our websites!

Contact us via secretariat@wecf.eu or contact chantal.vandenbossche@wecf.eu if you want to join our listserve

Contact one of the organising partners or steering committee members:

WECF, Sascha Gabizon (contact person for relations with the UN) secretariat@wecf.eu

VAM, Nana Fosu Randall , nanamo2000@hotmail.com

ENERGIA, Gail Karlsson,  gkarlsson@igc.org

WEDO, Eleanor Blomstroem,eleanor@wedo.org