Gender Equality Is Imperative to Reach Sustainable Development Goals

In 1994, governments, advocates, health organizations, women’s and youth activists gathered in Cairo for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). There, women’s reproductive health and rights took center stage in national and global development efforts.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ICPD and a renewed emphasis on reproductive health, women’s empowerment and equality will be discussed later this year in Nairobi as it pertains to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At the recent High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Secretary General António Guterres  said that there needs to be a ratcheting up of empowerment and gender equality in order to reach the 17 sustainable development goals. And, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed said, ” A recent report found that no country is on track to fully achieve Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality by 2030.  And despite some important progress, we are far short of attaining the elusive “gender balance” goal in leadership established in the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action.

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Future We Want and Rio + 20 at Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro

The Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro  is hosting exhibits in conjunction with Rio + 20, the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development. In this exhibit Brazilian notables – from artists to authors and models – and ordinary people come together to talk about the future they want. Museum-goers are also encouraged to share the future they want and post them on the walls … Continue reading Future We Want and Rio + 20 at Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro

Rio + 20: How Rio is Upgrading Its Urban Slums

Even while staying in Copacabana instead of Barra where most of the Rio + 20 activities are happening this week there is still ample opportunity to learn new things about sustainable development. I ran across this interesting exhibit made of milk crates in Copacabana an hour ago that drew attention to Rio’s Morar Carioca Programme. What Morar Carioca has done since July 2010 is upgrade … Continue reading Rio + 20: How Rio is Upgrading Its Urban Slums

Join Moms Groups for a 30-Minute Chat About the Earth Summit

Chat Details What: 30-Minute Chat About Sustainability with Million Moms Challenge, Moms Rising, Moms Clean Air Force, Mom Bloggers for Social Good with experts: Aaron Sherinian and Richenda Van Leeuwen Where: Million Moms Challenge When: 1 – 1:30 PM EST This is an extremely important month! Rio + 20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as the Earth Summit) will take place … Continue reading Join Moms Groups for a 30-Minute Chat About the Earth Summit

Share Your Voice for Rio + 20 in the 6-Minute Speech Project

Rio + 20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, is quickly approaching and the UN Foundation wants to deliver our collective voices during the conference in its 6-Minute Speech Project. We all know the power of social media and crowdsourcing. It allows ordinary, everyday people’s voices to be heard and scaled at proportions unheard of in the past. At the first Earth Summit 20 years … Continue reading Share Your Voice for Rio + 20 in the 6-Minute Speech Project

Women Rights and Rio+20

Yesterday the Gates Foundation published my latest piece on their blog Impatient Optimists: A Push for Women’s Rights at Rio+20. The piece discusses the UN’s Conference on Sustainable Development that will take place in June and the demands the Women’s Major Group has set in place for the conference. Women are seeking rights-based improvements that will benefit women, especially women living in poverty, in developing countries. … Continue reading Women Rights and Rio+20