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Workshop Co-ordinators
Commission on Sustainable Development
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United Nations, Particularly Relevant for Women
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Other Intergovernmental Forums
Women's Organisations
Business and Industry
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Trade Unions
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Workshop Coordinators

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Heinrich Boell Foundation

UNED Forum


Commission on Sustainable Development

UN CSD Homepage, at

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues, at

CSD / Issues Page at

CSD (and other) documents, processes, national reports, links, etc. on particular issues ...:

Agriculture at

Biotechnology at

Finance at

Trade & Environment at

Land Management at

Forests at

Education at

Freshwater at

Indicators at

Poverty at

Consumption and Production Patterns at


CSD NGO List Servers                                                                                                                      

CSDGen, general NGO list server around CSD issues and process. Send an email to to join or visit the CSD NGO Steering Committee web-site at

CSD NGO Caucuses




Finance and Trade







Consumption contact:

2002 contact UNED Forum at

Voluntary Initiatives contact:

United Nations, Particularly Relevant for Women

WomenWatch is a joint initiative of the UN Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). It is the UN Internet Gateway on the advancement and empowerment of women and an evolving forum on global women's issues in the follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995). The WomenWatch Internet site provides up to date information on the UN's work on behalf of the women of the world, the global agenda for improving the status of women and constitutes an electronic space for exchange of information and ideas on women's issues.
e-mail: HomePage

Beijing, Fourth World Conference on Women, 1995

Beijing +5, The Fourth World Conference on Women 5 year Review, 2000

UN DAW: The UN Division for the Advancement of Women at
DAW is part of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations Secretariat. It advocates the improvement of the status of the women of the world and the achievement of their equality with men. It aims to ensure the participation of women as equal partners with men in all aspects of human endeavour. It promotes women as equal participants and beneficiaries of sustainable development, peace and security, governance and human rights. It strives to stimulate the mainstreaming of a gender perspective both within and outside the United Nations system.

UNIFEM: The United Nations Development Fund for Women at promotes women's empowerment and gender equality. It works to ensure the participation of women in all levels of development planning and practice, and acts as a catalyst within the UN system, supporting efforts that link the needs and concerns of women to all critical issues on the national, regional and global agendas. UNIFEM focuses its work at the country level. Playing a strong advocacy role, the Fund concentrates on fostering a multilateral policy dialogue on women's empowerment.

INSTRAW: The United Nations International Research and Training Centre for the Advancement of Women at
INSTRAW is an autonomous body of the United Nations established in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations with a unique mandate to serve as a vehicle to promote and undertake policy-oriented research and training programmes at the international level to contribute to the advancement of women worldwide. Within this context INSTRAW plays a critical role in efforts to achieve the global agenda of gender equality and sustainable development.
Its research studies, the reports of all its workshops, round tables and training seminars, and training materials as well as general public information materials can be found at

UNDP Gender in Development Programme (GIDP):
Also publishes a regular Email-Newsletter, GenderBeat. Contact or for subscriptions and past issues. Past issues are also available on the web-site.

CSW: The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women at

CEDAW: The United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women at

United Nations / Gender Page, at
Provides an overview of UN documents concerned with women’s advancements and links to other relevant programmes such as INSTRAW, UNIFEM, UN Womenwatch and UNESCO.

United Nations in General

UN Bodies and Agencies

UN Summits and Conferences

UN Commissions

United Nations Regional Commissions

UN Bodies and Agencies                                                                                                       [UP]

The United Nations Home Page at
The United Nations is central to global efforts to solve problems which challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are more than 30 affiliated organizations known together as the UN system. They work to promote respect for human rights, protect the environment, fight disease, promote development and reduce poverty. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN–185 countries in all. Throughout the world, the UN and its agencies assist refugees and set up programmes to clear landmines, help improve the quality of drinking water and expand food production, make loans to developing countries and help stabilize financial markets.

UN Wire, the daily news summary covering the UN, global affairs and key international issues is now available FREE from the United Nations Foundation's homepage at  

United Nations - Economic and Social Development Web Site

United Nations Publications at

UN Gateway to Social Policy and Development at

United Nations Centre for Human Settlements - Habitat at

United Nations Centre for Human Settlements and The Together Foundation at

UN High Commission for Human Rights: This website contains the most comprehensive collection of translations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948. Over 250 different language versions are available in HTML, PDF and graphical forms.

UN Population Division / Department of Economic and Social Affairs at was founded by resolution of the United Nations Economic and Social Council to identify, establish, strengthen and coordinate population information activities at international, regional and national levels; to facilitate and enhance the availability of population information in collaboration with the regional commissions, the specialized agencies and the NGO population community; and to provide a forum for the exchange of experiences among developed and developing countries on population information issues. The website provides an electronic library, a multilingual dictionary, a worldwide directory of population institutions, world population trends and more.

UNCTAD, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development at is a permanent intergovernmental body and the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly in the field of trade and development. It tries to maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries, and to help them face challenges arising from globalization and integrate into the world economy, on an equitable basis through research and policy analysis, intergovernmental deliberations, technical cooperation, and interaction with civil society and the business sector. The website provides information on events and meetings, press and references, technical cooperation, a guide to publications and related www sites.

The United Nations System at

The Urban Environment Forum, a joint initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat ) at

United Nations International Computing Center at
was established in Geneva in 1971 as a co-operative set up, providing a wide range of Computing and Communication Services, on a cost recovery basis, to its users world-wide.

UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, at

Ozone Meetings for the Year 2000 at

UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme, at

UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation, at

ILO, the International Labour Organisation at

WHO, the World Health Organisation, at and

FAO, the Food  Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, at

UNRISD, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, autonomous agency engaging in multi-disciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary problems affecting development; attempts to provide governments, development agencies, grassroots organizations and scholars with a better understanding of how development policies and processes of economic, social and environmental change affect different social groups; working through an extensive network of national research centres; aims to promote original research and strengthen research capacity in developing countries.

UN Summits and Conferences                                                                                  


The Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, 1992 - the documents, at gopher://

also: United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) Collection at - a set of documents produced by UNCED, also known as the Earth Summit, and various preparatory activities that led to the conference.

Agenda 21, outcome of the Earth Summit, at ag21.htm

Agenda 21, Chapter 24: Women, at or on this site at

Earth Summit II, also known as UNGASS (United Nations General Assembly 19th Special Session) or Rio+5, 1997, at gopher://

The World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, 1993,

The World Conference on Human Rights 5 Year Review, 1998,

The International Conference on Population and Development, ICPD, Cairo, 1994, at The site provides documentation about the conference, follow-ups, newsletters, programme for action in different languages, press releases and more.

The International Conference on Population and Development 5 year Review, also known as ICPD +5, 1999, The site provides official documentation, statements of Governments and NGOs as well as background documentation on the Conference in 1994.

Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995, at

The Fourth World Conference on Women 5 year Review, also known as Beijing +5, 2000, at

The World Summit for Social Development (WSSD), Copenhagen, 1995, at
At the conclusion of the World Summit for Social Development - held 6-12 March 1995 in Copenhagen, Denmark - Governments adopted a Declaration and Programme of Action which represent a new consensus on the need to put people at the centre of development. The largest gathering yet of world leaders ­ ll7 heads of State or Government - pledged to make the conquest of poverty, the goal of full employment and the fostering of stable, safe and just societies their overriding objectives. The website provides an overview of the summit, the declaration, the programme of action, a follow-up, the 2000 Summit Review and a calendar.

The World Summit for Social Development 5 year Review, also known as WSSD+5 or Copenhagen+5, 2000, at
All the new developments and information about the United Nations General Assembly Special Session to follow-up the 1995 Social Summit, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 26-30 June, 20000, are available. A site for news and information concerning the special session, from the impact of the World Trade Organization to the social crisis in Central Asia, the new Web site provides delegates, non-governmental organizations, media, and the public with up-to-date coverage of the events leading up to the Geneva meeting. The site also contains the latest official documentation for the session, as well as the latest negotiated texts.

The World Conference on Human Settlements, Habitat II, Istanbul, 1996, at On this website one can find an introduction to the conference, the Habitat Agenda, Conference documents, newsletters, topic related webpages and more.

UN Commissions                                                                                                                                                   [UP]

CSD, United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development at
The Commission ensures the high visibility of sustainable development issues within the UN system and helps to improve the UN's coordination of environment and development activities. The CSD also encourages governments and international organizations to host workshops and conferences on different environmental and cross-sectoral issues. The results of these expert-level meetings enhance the work of CSD and help the Commission to work better with national governments and various non-governmental partners in promoting sustainable development worldwide. More information on the UN CSD Homepage, at

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues, at
CSD / Issues Page at

CSW, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, at

CSocD, the UN Commission on Social Development, at

CHS, the UN Commission Human Settlements, at

CPD, the UN Commission on Population and Development, at


United Nations Regional Commissions

UN ECE, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, at

UN ESCAP, the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, at

UN ECA, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, , at

UN ECLAC, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean, at

UN ESCWA, the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia, at


Other Intergovernmental Forums

OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-orperation and Development, at

WTO, the World Trade Organisation, at

The World Bank Group at


World Bank. Gender and Transport Thematic Group (GTTG)

European Commission, Directorate Generale XI, 
DG XI - Environment, Nuclear Safety and Civil Protection -homepage

European Environment Agency


Women's Organisations

UNED Forum's Stakeholder Toolkit for Women: UN & NGO Documents, networking information, links, document packages on current & upcoming issues, etc..

Women's Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) at

LIFE e.V - women develop eco-techniques


The International Women's Tribunal Centre (IWTC) at

Women's Human Rights Database Group: DIANA at the University of Toronto

The European Women's Lobby at

The Global Fund for Women at

OneWorld News Service - Gender

Virtual Sisterhood at

Women's Feature Service, USA, at

Women in Global Science and Technology (WIGSAT), based in Canada, at

The African Gender Institute (AGI), South Africa, at
Furthering institutional change and women’s leadership

African Women Global Network (AWOGNet), USA, at
Networking of women’s organisations in Africa concerned with the improvement of living conditions of women and children

Association for Progressive Communications (APC), UK, Women’s Networking Support Programme,
Global computer network for social change. The Women’s Networking Support Programme facilitates training and information and hosts a list of around 150 women’s initiatives working with the Net.

Political ‘Web-zine’, which comes out monthly, covering women’s news globally, including action campaigns.

FEMNET, Kenya,
Networking of African women’s organisation to monitor Beijing follow-up in development practice.

Gender, Science and Development Program (GSD), International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study,
Engages in research and facilitates networking around selected international gender, science and technology issues

International Information centre and Archives for the Women’s Movement (IIAV), Netherlands,
Women’s (not only!) academic resource centre

International Center for research on women, USA,
Gender research and advocacy

The Institute for Global Communications (IGC), USA,

IGC Womensnet,
Support of women’s organisations world-wide by providing and adapting telecommunications. Information on women’s political activities.

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC), USA,
Academic database with section on women’s issues in Latin America

Network of East-West Women (NEWW), FSU area, Russia,
Provision of Internet training, networking, human rights advocacy in the FSU-area FSU area

Synergy Gender and Development, Senegal,
African partner organisation to the APC Women’s Network Support Programme.

The Women Leaders’ Network (WLN),
Promotion of gender perspectives into APEC (Asia Pacific Cooperation)



Directory of Ministries / Departments dealing with environmental matters at

Directory of Politicians of the World at

EU, European Union, Welcome to Europa

German Government, Federal Environment Ministry, Bundesumweltministerium

German Government, Environment Agency, Umweltbundesamt

German Government, Bundesministerium fuer Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ)

German Government, Bundesministerium fuer wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, BMZ



NGO Steering Committee for the UN CSD at

Best Environmental Resources Directories at

The Earth Council at


Energy Efficiency Toolkit

Environmental Organizations WebDirectory at

Commented, rich list of links on Sustainable Development, at

IISD / Linkages A Multimedia Resource for Environment & Development Policy Makers

Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) at

International Center for Research on Women at

International Energy Agency

International Energy Agency's Centre for the Analysis and Dissemination of Demonstrated Energy Efficiency Technologies (IEA CADDET Energy Efficiency) at

International Forum for Rural Transport and Development at

International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) at

The Sustainable Transport Action Network for Asia and the Pacific (SUSTRAN network)

UNED Forum
Stakeholder Toolkit for Women, 
Roadmap to 2002 Project at

World Conservation Union, IUCN, at

The WorldWatch Institute, at

The NGO Alternative Treaties for Rio, 1992

World Energy Council at

KLIMA-BUENDNIS - Climate Alliance - Homepage - Das Forum für die Umweltbewegung

one world web: DER Umwelt-Platz im Internet

one world web: Forum Umwelt & Entwicklung

WWF: Conservation Action Network


Business and Industry                                                                                                                                  [UP]

WBCSD - World Business Council for Sustainable Development

ICC World Business Organization


ICLEI, International Council for Local Environment Initiatives: Home Page

IULA, International Union of Local Authorities :IULA

UNCHS, United Nations Centre for Human Settlements Best Practices Database

European Union Cities 21 Programme: Local Sustainability Home Page


Trade Unions

International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, ICFTU, at


News & Information                                                                                                                                        [UP]

IISD, International Institute for Sustainable Development - Key Resources on Women and Sustainable Development at