|Dear Friends, |
Happy New Year! 2012 is well underway and - with CSW just about to begin and Rio+20 only months away - we think this year is going to be a momentous one!
In this newsletter, you'll find some indication of our priorities in 2012: pushing for continued progress toward a bold and binding global deal on climate change; promoting and fostering women's leadership at multiple levels; partnering with incredible networks and organizations around the world to strengthen civil society's access and impact for effective global governance - all integral in shaping the future we want
. We'll be at Rio+20 in June - along with many of you, we hope - to fight for it.
We could not work on our extensive and rigorous program without partnerships, so we want to begin the year by thanking you - our partners and friends - for your continued support. Moreover, we seek to start this busy year exemplifying the principles of empowerment and collaboration that we promote. Let us work together in peace and cooperation - while driving relentlessly toward our ideals.
Join us. Stay in touch. Take action.
You'll hear from us again soon! In the meantime, in solidarity, Cate and the WEDO Team
PS - We're still celebrating our 20th anniversary year! Have a great WEDO story or photos from '92? Let us know! Visit our WEDO20+
page for more.
CSW56 Starts Monday!
February 27th-March 9th
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), charged with evaluating progress on gender equality and formulating concrete policies that promote gender equality. This year's CSW 56, held from February 27th to March 9th, 2012, will focus on the urgency of rural women's empowerment.
WEDO will be coordinating and co-sponsoring many of CSW events, including those related to climate change and Rio+20
, as well those organized for GEAR
. For a full schedule of events sponsored by WEDO and our partners, as well as WEDO's Overview of CSW
, click here
For the latest news and a full schedule of CSW events, visit NGO Committee on the Status of Women
website. For daily updates follow @WEDO_Worldwide @UN_CSW @UN_Women
on Twitter and remember to use the #CSW56
hashtag for all your posts.
WEDO is excited to attend the 12th Annual Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) International Forum, Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women's Rights. This year, WEDO will join 2,000 women's rights leaders and activists from around the world at the Halic Congress Centre in Istanbul, Turkey, from April 19 to 22, 2012.
- To registers and join us at the AWID forum, click here.
- The forum boasts a number of exciting events/proposals. Look through them here!
- The AWID exhibit and marketplace is an opportunity to showcase your products and/or services to the vibrant international community. To participate, download the application form.
Will you be there? Let us know! We plan to organize an informal strategy session on Rio+20 issues and would love to talk with you! Contact Bridget Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org
| UNFCCC Bonn Intersessional
The first session of the 2012 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations will be held in Bonn, Germany, from May 12th-25th. Registration for accredited NGOs and IGOs is now open and will close on Wednesday, March 28th. Applications for side events will be accepted between Tuesday, March 6th, and Friday, March 9th. For full information on key dates and logistics for this meeting, click here
WEDO is closely following the UNFCCC process; currently working on policy recommendations for various submission deadlines prior to the meeting in Bonn. For more information on this, contact WEDO Advocacy Coordinator, Rachel Harris, email@example.com
June 13th-15th: 3rd PrepComm, UNCSD
June 16th-19th: Four Days of Dialogue on Sustainable Development
June 20th-22nd: Rio+20, UNCSD
From June 20th - 22nd, 2012, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development - aka Rio+20 or Earth Summit 2012 - will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Related activities will take place in Rio immediately prior to the start of the UNCSD, beginning on June 13th, with the Third Preparatory Committee Meeting and followed by "Four Days of Dialogue", an initiative of the Brazilian Government to create space for learning and exchange between the participants.
Accreditation and Registration
Accredited groups are required to pre-register their attendance online. Pre-registration will close on 20 May 2012. There will be no further registration after that date. Registration for non-accredited groups is now closed.
More information on Accreditation and Registration to Rio+20 here: http://www.uncsd2012.org/registrationSide Events/ Women's Major Group Activities
Full information on Rio+20 side event registration and logistics in addition to details on all Women's Major Group activities and events can be found on the Women on the Road to Rio+20
site. Stay informed
Receive the newsletter - Rio+20: Making it Happen - filled with important deadlines and information for participants. Subscribe online here
. Follow Women's Major Group updates on Twitter
, and remember, spread the word! Tweet "I'm joining Women on the Road to Rio+20 @Women_Rio20 http://women-rio20.ning.com #RioPlus20 #UNCSD
Gender and REDD+ Roadmaps
REDD+ is a fast-tracked global initiative that attempts to protect forests and extend climate change mitigation response measures into the areas of conservation, sustainable forest management, and enhancement of carbon stocks. While REDD+ may present many opportunities for climate change mitigation, it poses a potential threat to women's human rights if women are not able to access decision-making spheres and benefits and are not consulted along the way.
WEDO proudly partnered with IUCN in the second half of last year to develop national-level roadmaps for the design and implementation of gender-sensitive REDD+ strategies in Ghana, Cameroon and Uganda. In each country, the process was kick-started by a three-day workshop for local women's organizations and gender experts, followed immediately by a two-day workshop for decision-makers.
This factsheet highlights the initial outcomes of this work. Click here to download
or contact Andrea Quesada, firstname.lastname@example.org
, for more information.
Empower Women, Impact Climate
If climate change policies are going to be effective, women have to be at the negotiating table. With generous support from the Government of Finland, WEDO established the Women Delegates Fund (WDF) in 2009 - in partnership with the Global Gender Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) - to support and promote the participation and leadership of women from the global South to be part of their national delegations to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.
Empower Women, Impact Climate
details the stories of four amazing women of the WDF. In the brochure, you will meet Patience, an "officially retired" but ever-active leader from Ghana; Ulamila, who works on behalf of women in the extremely climate-vulnerable Pacific Islands; Meena, a woman in the predominantly male Nepalese government; and Judie, one of the first women to run for President of Haiti.
WEDO Leaders and Partners Speak at COP17
Below, WEDO Board Chair Monique Essed Fernandes speaks about WEDO and our work on gender and climate change. To view other WEDO Board members and partners speaking at COP17, click here
|Monique Essed Fernades|
Women Leaders at the UN Climate Change Negotiations
Ms. Patience Damptey, negotiator for the Government of Ghana at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, speaks about women's leadership at the UNFCCC and being part of the Women Delegates Fund.
|Women Leaders at the UNFCCC|
The Outcomes of Durban COP17: Turning Words into Action
WEDO's perspective on the COP17 in Durban: were the negotiations a success? WEDO examines the specifics and the big picture to determine if we can deem the Durban package a success. Read More...
WEDO Congratulates 2011 SEED Award Winners
WEDO congratulates the first winner of the 2011 SEED Gender Equality Award, "Solid Waste Management and Community Mobilization Program" from Nepal, as well as the other thirty-five SEED award winners. Read More...
UN Global Sustainability Panel Report Advocates People-Centered Sustainable Development
On January 30th 2012, the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability released its final report Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing
. What does Gender Equality look like in A Future Worth Choosing? Read More...
WEDO joins the Boards of the UN Democracy Fund and the Women's Empowerment Principles
12 Things #WEDOLoves
For Valentine's Day, WEDO (@WEDO_Worldwide) celebrated by shouting out some LOVE to the organizations and people we care about, and the orgs you care about on Twitter. In case you missed it, here's how it went! Read More...
Come work with us!
Calling all passionate activists, policy wonks, party planners, to-do list lovers and social media gurus-- WEDO is looking for a team of new Interns/ Fellows to start as soon as possible! We are a small team with big dreams, and we want you to be part of that. This spring, we are looking for applicants to fill the following positions
Fundraising and Event Planning
We also accept applications year round on a rolling basis. Check out our website for more details on these opportunities.
|Coordinator & Editor: Bridget Burns (with support from Cate Owren & entire WEDO team). For further information contact: email@example.com|
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Join Women at Rio+20
Join WEDO as we celebrate locally with:
Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL)
Reception & Dance Party!
Wednesday, February 29
Vermilion, 480 Lexington Ave (46th Street)
Oxfam Action Corps NYC "Celebrating Women Fighting Hunger & Poverty"
Thursday, March 8
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201