Strong women - weak governments
The 15th session of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) failed to reach a final agreement: The presented text was refused by the European Union, because it was too weak and did not meet the requirements of access to sustainable energy and climate change mitigation. The major group women was very dissappointed about the failure. Two years of intensive work nearly for nothing. Especially ENERGIA, the international network on gender and sustainable energy, had put a lot of efforts into convincing governments of the urgency to integrate gender perspectives into the outcomes. They prepared country and regional studies, took part in preparatory meetings, hosted workshops. By doing this they succeed in bringing women's needs and recommendations into the text in a remarkable extent - but good arguments in a weak documents are no use.
The interventions of the major group women as well as ENERGIA's publications related to CSD15 can be downloaded at ENERGIA's website.
The last two days of the CSD genanet was invited to a gender expert meeting of the Development Programme of the United Nations (UNDP), aiming to develop steps for the corporate gender equaity strategy 2008-2011 in the field of environment and sustainable development. Energy and climate change were prominent on the agenda.
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