Gender  and Sustainable Development:
Rio+20 Commitments

THEME: Gender equality and women’s empowerment: the power behind successful sustainable development

DATE:  20 JUNE 2012 .

TIME:   3:00 – 4:45 PM,

VENUE:   UNEP PAVILION, ATHLETES PARK, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

FACILITATOR:  Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, Director, Division for Regional Cooperation, UNEP

PANELISTS:

Ministers for the Environment
HE Ms Lena EK , Minister for the Environment, SWEDEN; HE Mrs. Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafia, Minister of  Environment, Nigeria;  HE Ms Sandra Denisse Herrera Flores,  Deputy Minister of Environmental Regulation and Promotion, MEXICO; HE Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi,  Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs,  SOUTH AFRICA

United Nations  Agency representatives

Ms Amina Mohammed,  Deputy Executive Director, UNEP ; Ms Lakshmi Puri,  Deputy Executive Director, UN Women ;  Ms Veerle Vandeweerd,  Director, UNDP Environment and Energy Group

International non-governmental organizations representatives

Ms Lorena Aguilar, Global Senior Gender Advisor,  IUCN ; Dr Letitia Obeng , Chair,  Global Water Partnership; Ms Nathalie Eddy, Coordinator, GGCA; Ms Cate Owren, Executive Director, WEDO; Ms Sacha Gabizon, Executive Director, WECF, Chair Women’s Rio+20 steering committee and  Ms Esther De Jong, Deputy Director, GWA.
Commitments to ensure integration of gender perspectives in the implementation of  the Rio+20 outcomes from global to national levels have been made by the Network of Women Ministers and leaders for the environment and 7 collaborating partners namely UNEP, IUCN, WECF/WICF, GWP), UNDP, WEDO, GGCA and GWA.

These commitments will be read out at a HIGH LEVEL  MINISTERIAL EVENT, to be held on June 20 at the UNEP Pavilion and will be followed by the  launch of  the Global Framework of Action for Rio+20 and beyond (GFA) .  The GFA is a mechanism that will enable the implementing partners and other stakeholder to forge ahead the integration of gender perspectives into the Rio+20 processes and outcomes. By doing so, the GFA will address a key concern of  Rio+ 20 being that of “Gaps in implementation” and in particular, the relevant areas pertaining to women’s empowerment.

Further, the implementing partners will explore opportunities to achieve a transformation towards gender responsive sustainable economic growth.  The objective of Global Framework of Action is

To strategically address and ensure that in post Rio+20 outcomes, gender perspectives are fully integrated and ensuing commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment are matched with clear-cut implementation processes

The presentation today on the GFA will highlight the key milestones to be achieved over the next three and half years. A comprehensive framework will be complete by October 30 and thereafter disseminated widely.

Implementing partners:
The   Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment (NWMLE);  the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP);  the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Women in Europe for a Common Future /Women International for a Common Future (WECF)/WICF); Global Water Partnership (GWP); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO); Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and  Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) .

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