Women's Major Group
UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand
23 April 2013
On Post Rio+20 and Post 2015 Development Agenda - Means of Implementation and Technology Transfer
I am Meena Bilgi, Gender and Water Alliance speaking on behalf of the women and the indigenous people on means of implementation and principles for financing sustainable development. We see the following issues as essential to this discussion, to ensure social justice and human rights in development:
• Unfair aid, investments, loan schemes and trade agreements are among the root causes of unsustainable development. The international community must commit to real reforms of the existing monetary, financial and trade regimes that currently perpetuate inequalities and violence and undermine women’s and girls’ rights. Global macroeconomic structures must always comply and be coherent with governments’ human rights obligations;
• Ensure that Agenda 21 and Rio+20 commitments on technology transfer; monitoring and investments, skill development and research must be explicit in all investments and trade regimes. And in line with the precautionary principles and principle of free, prior informed consent on critical ecosystem protection and protection of humans rights of women, youth, and forest and indigenous, migrants, fisher folks, pastoralists and many marginalized and affected communities.
• Use the human rights architecture as the basis for all means of implementation of Post Rio+20 outcomes, and the Post 2015 Development Agenda and include concrete means of implementation that prioritize public financing over public-private partnerships in order to realize states obligation to allocate the maximum availability of resources for real sustainable development that covers social, economic and environmental sustainability;
• Promote innovative, democratic financing mechanisms, including long-term, flexible and specific support for civil society organizations, including diverse women's organizations and networks as leaders and decision makers in all sustainable development. Women must be involved in the development and monitoring of budgets at all levels. We call for specific resources to women’s rights and gender equality as a top priority in means of implementation;
• Guarantee of women’s rights to participate in leadership and decision-making at all levels, including in economic and social development and international financial institutions.
• Phase-out, eliminate financial support, and impose moratoria on harmful economic activities which affect the health of people and the environment, particularly in the areas of mining, nuclear energy, and chemicals;
• Climate finance must be public, obligatory, predictable, grant-based and free from any conditionality. It must be additional to the other financial obligations of developed countries.
• Recognize that care and social reproduction are linked with the productive economy and therefore MUST be fully reflected in micro and macroeconomic policymaking. Therefore the states must guarantee universal access to public care services, private sector regulation and universal social protection mechanisms. We work towards elimination of sexual division of labor, and call for women’s and indigenous people to have overall access and control over resources, and promotion of equitable redistribution of paid and unpaid work.
• The United Nations and member States must address in an integrated way the obstacles to gender equality at global, national, and local levels. One of the main goals of those working on means of implementation must be how to ensure that the Post-2015 development agenda includes clear guidelines on how to respond to the multiple crises that affect women and girls globally, and particularly in the global South.