Women play a critical part in environmental management and sustainable development. This was recognized 20 years ago as "Women and the environment" was set as one of the 12 critical areas of concern of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted by world leaders at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.
Over the past 20 years, numerous environmental agreements, laws, policies and reporting instruments have been implemented to further this agenda. However, much more needs to be done to realize the goal of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in this area.
This month, as we focus on putting women at the forefront of sustainable development efforts, we invite you to add your voice to our e-discussion on "Women and the Environment" co-hosted by the SEED Initiative, UNEP, UNIDO and UN Women.
The Beijing+20 review takes place at a strategic moment when the global community is intensifying efforts towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and working towards a post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. It provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to position gender equality and women's empowerment front and center in these discussions.
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