All-China Women?s Federation
- Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
- Name: All-China Women?s Federation
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Full SubmissionDeclaration on Women and Sustainable Development Beijing ? China 11 November 2011 We, xxx representatives from government agencies, United Nations System, women's organizations, the business community and the academia, take part in the International Forum on Women and Sustainable Development organized by the All-China Women?s Federation in Beijing from 9 to 11 September 2011: Appreciating the achievements made in the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Beijing Platform for Action at local, national, regional and international levels, and in advancing women's status and promoting sustainable development; Reaffirming the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, Agenda 21, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Millennium Development Goals and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discriminations against Women; Reaffirming that balanced development of economy, society and environment, a common aspiration of people of all countries and regions, is imperative for progress of the human society; Emphasizing that women are an important force to promote sustainable development, and that to promote gender equality and empower women, one of the Millennium Development Goals, is core in realising all MDGs and crucial for sustainable development; Concerned with the difficulties and challenges that hinder gender equality and sustainable development, including poverty, discrimination, food insecurity, economic and financial crisis, climate change, natural disasters, imbalanced development, armed conflict and terrorism, etc; Emphasizing that immediate actions be taken to promote gender equality and sustainable development. We suggest: 1. Further strengthen political wills and advance sustainable development processes at national, regional and global levels; 2. Enhance women?s capacity building, empower and invest in women, accelerate the process of gender equality and sustainable development; 3. Take comprehensive measures to eliminate gender-based discrimination and all barriers that hinder gender equality and sustainable development; 4. Enhance gender awareness, pay special attention to different impacts on men and women by policies and measures of sustainable development, and integrate gender perspectives throughout the process of sustainable development; 5. Promote women?s participation in all levels of decision-making of sustainable development, and give full play to their leadership; 6. Strengthen partnership and enhance cooperation between and among governments, the civil society, including the business sector, women?s organizations and all relevant stakeholders, and support women?s organizations in their efforts to promote gender equality and sustainable development; 7. Deepen international cooperation, increase support to developing countries, promote balanced development of the three pillars of sustainable development in all countries and regions, and make joint efforts to attain sustainable development.