Governance of the Women’s Major Group
The United Nations (UN) asks the Major Groups to choose their own representatives at regular intervals. These representatives are called ‘Organising Partners (OPs)’ and ensure the communication with the UN secretariat. In selecting OPs, the WMG aims regional balance, and for bringing together organizations that have expertise in relevant international and regional policy processes, thematic issues as well as organizational skills. The task of OP’s have grown from approximately 2 one-week events per year, to almost weekly obligations. The UN does not provide core funding for this coordination effort by the OPs, or for travel. Many policy meetings take place in New York, along with regional meetings at the Economic Commissions at least one time per year. Thus the OP role involves fundraising, in addition to its facilitation, information sharing, advocacy and capacity building tasks. OP’s are mandated for a 2-year period and to ensure continuity, OP’s can be elected at least twice.
The Terms of Reference of OP’s of the WMG on SD can be found here.
History of the Women’s Movement and Sustainable Development
The women’s movements played a key role in the road to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, and during the 1992 Earth Summit itself, when women from all over the world gathered in the Women’s Tent: or the ‘Planeta Femea’. Download the full information here