Women’s Major Group Final Statement on the Outcome of Rio+20

“The Women’s Major Group (WMG), representing 200 civil society women’s organizations from all around the world, is greatly disappointed in the results of the Rio+20 conference. We believe that the governments of the world have failed both women and future generations.” The full statement is available in English, Spanish, French and German. http://www.wedo.org/news/rio20-from-the-future-we-want-to-the-future-we-need  I acknowledge WEDO -Women’s Environment and Development Organization for making this available on their site.  It is well worth reading and give a very good overview of women and gender equality issues in the outcome document ‘ The Future We Want.’  The major headings include – Women’s Rights Rolled Back; No Right to a Healthy Environment; Halting Land-grabbing; Ensuring Women’s Control and Access to Natural Resources; Green Economy = Green Washing?; Financing Sustainable Development and Ensuring that Women’s Voices are Heard in the New Intergovernmental Processes.    Two new processes are proposed – one for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) and a second on Finance Mechanisms.  The statement ends  ‘At Rio+20, governments had a historic chance to take bold steps to end poverty and environmental destruction, to protect the rights of the most vulnerable members of our societies, to take concrete measures to fully implement women’s rights and women’s leadership. We now risk increased poverty, inequities and irreversible environmental damage. This is not the future we want, nor the future we need.”

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