Women’s Major Group
This is the website of the Women’s Major Group. The Women’s Major Group was created as a result of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro which recognized women as one of the nine major groups of society whose participation in decision-making is essential for achieving sustainable development.
The role of the Women’s Major Group is to assure effective public participation of women's non-governmental groups in the UN policy processes on sustainable development.
The Women’s Major Group contributes to the intergovernmental processes on Sustainable Development Goals and its link to the Post 2015 Development Agenda, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and other outcomes of the RIO processes.
The Women’s Major Group is an open-ended group of organisations which work on women’s rights, sustainable development and environment themes. There are over 400 list serve members of the Women’s Major Group who are organisations and individuals from every region of the world, who work on gender, sustainable development and environment.
The coordination for the UN Sustainable Development process is assured by two organising partners - Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) - and two core group members - Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and Global Forest Coalition (GFC).The coordination for the UN Environment program, is facilitated by - WECF International, Global Forest Coalition (GFC), Soroptomists Kenya, Niger Delta Women's Movement for Peace and Development, with support of focal points o.a. Earth Care Africa and Asian Pacific Forum for Women, Law and Development.
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> List of Women major group contributors and members here
The Women’s Major Group presents its position paper on Sustainable Development Goals and their link to the Post-2015 agenda. The authors of the position paper are women and gender representatives from the Global South who have taken the lead in developing their views and priorities, and which form the basis for the consultation and input from all members of the women’s major group. > More