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Women's Linkage Caucus Advocacy Agenda
At the 1997 Commissions on Sustainable Development
Intersessional, Social Development and Population & Development
28 February, 1997
The Women's Linkage Caucus celebrates the critical role
played by women at each conferences, infusing both the process and outcomes
with a feminist analysis.
As emphasized in Agenda 21, the Cairo, Copenhagen and
Beijing Platforms for Action, women must be fully integrated in policy- and
decision-making at every level, as equal partners with men, if people
centered sustainable development is to be realized. The gender composition
of government delegations at the CSD, as well as of non-governmental
organizations (to a lesser extent) reflect reflects a general lack of
progress in increasing women's participation in sustainable development.
Action: We urge governments at the Commissions on
Sustainable Development, Population and Development, and Social Development,
to reaffirm and act on their commitments to achieve gender balance in the
composition of government delegations and commission bureaus.
Action: Members of the Women's Linkage Caucus will
take a head count of government representatives at the CSD Inter-sessional,
CSocD and CPD to assess the gender balance at each meeting. The head count
will be delivered to the respective chairs/co-chairs of each commission to
direct attention to the severe gender imbalance in each of these fora.
In addition to achieving gender balance in Commission
delegations, governments and other actors should ensure that gender
perspectives be mainstreamed throughout the conference follow-up process at
local, national and international levels.
Action: Act on the Secretary General's Report
(E/17.CN/1997/2) which states that "A gender perspective should be
applied in all aspects of the implementation of Agenda 21, " and act on
the General Assembly Resolution on the implementation of the World Summit
for Social Development which "Calls on all governments and the UN
system, in particular the relevant funds, programmes and agencies, to
promote an active and visible policy of main streaming a gender perspective
and to use gender analysis as a tool for the integration of a gender
dimension into the planning and implementation of policies, strategies and
programmes on social development."
Sustainable development requires new ways of meeting
interlinked challenges and balancing multiple objectives. The Women's
Linkage Caucus applauds the Secretary General's Report (E/17.CN/1997/2
Add.22) which recognizes that "The [Beijing] Platform for Action is an
excellent framework through which, if implemented, the
objectives of Agenda 21 can be realized. Among other things, I re-emphasises
the need to create a new development paradigm that integrates environmental
sustainability with gender equality and justice within and between
generations and provides a framework to integrate roles, needs and
priorities of women with other global issues such as health, urban and rural
development and nutrition."
Action: Member states to the Commissions on
Sustainable Development, Social Development, Population and Development, the
Status of Women, and the respective secretariats should collaborate and
co-ordinate with each other in monitoring and reporting on areas of overlap.