In 1992, 172 governments met at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for the two-week long United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), dubbed as the “Earth Summit” on the theme Environment and Sustainable Development. The Summit dubbed a “historic moment for humanity” resulted to several international instruments that has served as the framework for sustainable development. These include Agenda 21, a global consensus document which provides a blueprint of action for governments to pursue, not just economic growth, but sustainable development worldwide, which advances social equity and ensures environmental protection.  Agenda 21 identified nine (9) Major Groups whose participation and involvement is critical to the achievement of the goal of Agenda 21 of sustainable development. One of these is the Women’s Major Group (WMG), where DAWN now serves as one of the co-organizing partners, together with Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), in the Rio+20 Process which follows up the outcomes of the Earth Summit and links it with the Post 2015 Development Agenda.  

05 Nov 2014

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) launched its new book on 31 October 2014, entitled “The Remaking of Social Contracts: Feminists in a Fierce New World”. The book, published by ZED Books London is a result of a long process of debate and reflection by DAWN members, partners and allies in various civil society organisations and social movements. It follows from previous groundbreaking books published by DAWN in the past, beginning with Development, Crises and Alternative Visions:Third World Women’s Perspectives (Sen and Grown,1987).

04 Nov 2014

Twenty young women activists from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific exchanged feminist analysis and strategies and identified linkages around gender, economic and ecological justice issues at an inter-regional consultation held in Manila, Philippines from 29-31 October, 2014.

01 Sep 2014

People must be at the centre of the S.A.M.O.A Pathway Declaration and Implementation Plan, connected by accountable, genuine and durable partnerships where human rights, gender equality, environmental sustainability and economic justice are the core of all sustainable development pursuits in Small Island Developing States. Over 250 representatives from Major Groups, Civil Society Organisations and Networks, Social Movements and Other Stakeholders from the Caribbean, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Seas (AIMS) and Pacific small island developing states (SIDS) who gathered for the 3rd UN SIDS Pre Conference ‘Major Groups and Other Stakeholder Forum’ held on 28-29 August,

25 Jun 2014

Noelene Nabulivou's Statement at the Women’s Major Group Statement - Opening Session Final Preparatory Committee Meeting 23 - 27 Jun 2014

18 Jun 2014

Please find enclosed the Open Letter to the Co-chairs and Member States from Major Groups and Stakeholders, with a final list of signatories, which were presented on request of the Major Groups and Stakeholders this morning at the dialogue with the co-chairs, recalling that we did appreciate very much their support and flexibility, but were taken back by the fact that yesterday we were escorted out of the room by security. For us this issue of procedures is a matter of principle about our right to participation.

24 Mar 2014

NEW YORK—After two weeks of intense negotiations, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended early Saturday morning with a strong call to prioritize gender equality and the human rights of women in order to achieve sustainable development.

09 Mar 2014

March 17 CSW 58 Event: Care and Sustainable Economy in the Post 2015 Agenda
Care work refers to the broad range of activities necessary for every day reproduction of human life, the environment and the economic system. It includes, for example, collecting water and fuel for domestic consumption, cooking, cleaning the house, keeping safe living environments, and also the direct work of caring for people: children, elderly, persons with disabilities, and adults of all ages. Without everyday care work, life could not be sustained and reproduced. Without everyday care work, labour force could not be available to work and to produce economic value, essential for development. Not only does this work sustain the labor force, but it also absorbs the ‘invisible’ costs of poor infrastructure and service provision when governments do not provide them, which is further exacerbated by effects of climate change, ecological damage and extreme weather conditions.

09 Mar 2014

DAWN @ CSW 58 Consolidated Flyer

06 Mar 2014

March 10 CSW 58 Event: Gender and Sustainable Development, Climate Justice, Disaster Risk Reduction and Response: Women from Asia and the Pacific on the Frontlines


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