CSD NGO Women's Caucus
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CSD Women's Caucus
Women's Caucus to the UN Commission on Sustainable
Development: 2000 - 2002
After the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, the UN Commission
on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created to monitor progress of
implementation of Agenda 21. The first 5-year review was held in June 1997.
At its 55th Session in the autumn of 2000, the UN General will agree the
place and agenda for the Summit - a 10-year review of Agenda 21 and a
forward looking Summit conference. This will be the first major UN
Conference since the Food Summit in 1996.
The UN CSD has pioneered the concept of multi-stakeholder dialogues, based
on the acknowledgement of the role stakeholders have in implementing the
global agreements. Women were the key group setting the agenda in 1992 -
because they started their work before others.
We need to do the same for 2002. The CSD Women's Caucus is calling upon
women's NGOs, grassroots women's groups, women in academia, business etc. to
join us now.
The CSD NGO Women's Caucus
The CSD Women's Caucus is picking up the challenge of the process towards
2002, aiming to ensure gender mainstreaming of all decisions to be taken.
The caucus is a working group of women and men who are interested in and
working towards the mainstreaming of gender into sustainable development
policies and practical implementation strategies.
The caucus works towards the recognition and adequate action on
gender-related aspects of sustainable development issues by providing
information and research as well as lobbying on recommendations based on
up-to-date analyses and consultation within the caucus.
The CSD Women's Caucus grew out of the 1991 Miami Conference, organized
by WEDO, and its outcome document Women's Action Agenda for a Healthy
The women's caucus meets at the CSD Sessions, organizes side events and
takes part in other caucus to ensure gender mainstreaming of NGO work. We
lobby on the basis of position papers developed beforehand, make statements
in negotiations and work on line-by-line amendments to text being
negotiated. In between CSD Sessions, caucus members communicate via email,
phone, fax, and post. We operate an open list server to prepare our
positions and lobbying strategies, networking globally with interested
organisations and individuals.
We have identified a list of tasks towards Earth Summit
2002. To find information about who is doing what, click here.
Convening the Women's Caucus
At meetings of the CSD and preparatory meetings to the Earth Summit 2002,
the meetings of the Women's Caucus are convened by the Women's
Environment and Development Organisation:
Lexington Ave, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10017, USA
Contact person: June Zeitlin
Managing the Caucus Website and List Serve
3 Whitehall Court
London SW1A 2EL, UK
Web: www.unedforum.org and www.earthsummit.2002.org
Contact person: Minu Hemmati
Working on the Women's Action Agenda for a Healthy
Alvaro Alvim, 21/16 andar
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20031-010
Contact person: Thais Corral