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The Partnerships Forum will be held from 20-22 June 2012 at at RioCentro ? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Venue: Pavilion T (Major Groups Pavilion) - Room T-3.
Partnerships for advancing Gender Equality and Sustainability
21 Jun 2012
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Pavilion T (Major Groups Pavilion) - Room T-3

Progress on gender equality has been made in some areas, but the potential for women to engage in and contribute to sustainable development more effectively as leaders, participants and agents of change has not been fully realized. In Session 3, the value of partnerships in mainstreaming gender in critical thematic issues at Rio+20 will be showcased, and a forum for participants to network with existing partnerships on gender and sustainable development, create synergies between partnerships and learn from each other's experiences, as well as explore replicability and scaling up opportunities will be provided.

Through a highly dynamic and interactive Gender/Partnerships Marketplace, the session will aim to produce concrete recommendations on gender-sensitive goals and indicators to be considered as inputs to the Rio+20 agreements on the proposed SDGs and as a contribution to the post-2015 development agenda. Additionally, a Knowledge Platform/Learning Circle/Community of practice on gender and sustainable development is intended to be discussed.

Rio+20, Gender and Partnerships

Progress on gender equality has been made in some areas but the potential for women to engage in and contribute to sustainable development more effectively as leaders, participants and agents of change has not been fully realized.

The promotion of gender equality and the structural reform and changes associated with it, more often than not requires leveraging effective partnerships and/or alliances that can act within and across boundaries. Such partnerships could be built among national stakeholders, women advocate groups, academia, private sector, UN agencies and those in the international development community, amongst others.

Partnerships can be an effective player in promoting and achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in all aspects of life by bringing greater attention to the need of ensuring better linkages between gender equality and the promotion of sustainable development. In particular, action on the ground on gender equality can be facilitated through multi-stakeholder partnerships working towards common objectives and outcomes, but with differentiated interests.

Rio+20 offers an invaluable opportunity to reenergize, revitalize and strengthen the effectiveness of partnerships for implementation and action on sustainable development.


Objectives

(i) To showcase the value of partnerships in mainstreaming gender in critical thematic issues at Rio+20 (jobs, energy, cities, food, water, oceans, disasters, forests), illustrating successful partnerships in each and using gender as a valuable entry point and foundation;

(ii) To provide a forum for participants to network with existing partnerships on gender and sustainable development, create synergies between partnerships and learn from each other's experiences, as well as explore replicability and scaling up opportunities.


Partners/Organizers: - International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN
- United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
- United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)


Logistical Information

Date: Thursday, 21 June 2012
Time: 10 AM - 1 PM
Venue: Pavilion T (Major Groups Pavilion) - Room T-3



Programme of the Session

The session will take the format of an interactive and highly dynamic Gender/Partnerships Marketplace.

The Gender/Partnerships Marketplace (GPM) will consist of three parts:

(i) Opening of the marketplace by a high-level presentation on the value of partnerships behind gender mainstreaming in sustainable development;

(ii) An interactive learning space with thematic hubs lead by leading global institutions showcasing multi-stakeholder partnerships on gender equality through critical issues addressed at Rio+20 and defining concrete steps towards implementation; and

(iii) A Discussion on the Need for a Knowledge Platform / Learning Circle on Gender, Partnerships and Sustainable Development to assist in the establishment of an online community support network for stakeholders - a one-stop-shop for policymakers, practitioners, gender experts and other stakeholders with the view of facilitating knowledge exchange on lessons learned and best practices for implementation, facilitating development of new partnerships, collaborations, and joint-implementation strategies as well as provide access to necessary resources, among others.

Each thematic hub will have an appointed leader that will also present, from their own perspective, their unique accomplishments, goals, structure, and challenges of partnerships in that specific sector. They will convene key players within their networks to engage actively in the program.

Participants will be encouraged to move around and levitate towards separate hubs with displays and tables covering each of the priority themes, engaging in discussions focused on these along the way. The goal is to allow participants to actively engage in discussion, ask questions, exchange experiences and know-how on alliances/partnerships in that field, and to encourage networking among people with common interests, making connections leading to possible future collaboration.

Participants will also exchange some ideas on how best to advance possible gender-sensitive goals and indicators for each theme. The goals and indicators will aim to enrich the discussions and agreements at Rio+20 and its follow up on the proposed SDGs and as a contribution to the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.

Following the hub discussions, participants will convene in a larger group setting where the partnership leaders will present a summary of the discussions, in particular suggestions for possible goals and indicators as well.
The need for the establishment of a knowledge platform (as elaborated in iii above) will also be discussed in an open forum. The event will conclude with discussions on the lessons learned and next steps/commitments for future implementation and partnership building.

Envisaged Deliverables

1. Concrete recommendations on gender-sensitive goals and indicators to be considered as inputs to the agreements at Rio+20 on the proposed SDGs and as a contribution to the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda;

2. Suggestions on the proposal to establish/develop a Knowledge Platform/Learning Circle/Community of practice on Gender, Partnerships and Sustainable Development.


Participants

Master of Ceremonies: TBC

Keynote Speakers: TBC

Thematic Hub Leaders:


ThemeNetworkName responsible
DisastersISDRAna Cristina Thorlund
GGCANathalie Eddy
EnergyENERGIASheila Oparaocha and Gail Karrison
OceansPacific Gender CoalitionUlamila Kurai Wragg
Coastal Women for ChangeSharon Hanshaw
JobsWEDO Cate Owren
CitiesUNDPLucy Wanjiru
ForestsCIFORMwangi Esther
Agriculture and Food SecurityWOCAN Jeannette Gurung
OXFAM Kristen Ostling
WaterGWA Esther de Jong


ACRONYMS

CIFOR: Center for International Forestry Research
ISDR: United Nations International Secretariat for Disaster Reduction
GGCA: Global Gender and Climate Change Alliance
GWA: Gender and Water Alliance
WEDO: Women Environment and Development Organization
WOCAN: Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and NRM

Information on the organizers

Since 1992, the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in partnership with various UN agencies, international, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders have been working successfully on mainstreaming gender at various levels, facilitating action and implementation towards achieving internationally agreed sustainable development goals and sustainability on the ground.

For more than 20 years, IUCN has recognized the key role played by gender in environmental sustainability and since 1998 IUCN has institutionalized this understanding through a formalized gender mandate, including a dedicated Gender Office and global program.

UNEP has also played a pioneering role in linking women and the environment for over 20 years. Since 1996, UNEP established policy-guiding principles on gender and in 2006 the organization embraced a comprehensive implementation strategy in the form of a Gender Plan of Action.

UNDESA has extensively supported countries to meet their economic, social and environmental challenges, including their gender equality goals and objectives. Since 2002, UNDESA has established a central hub for promoting partnerships to facilitate the implementation of sustainable development at the global, regional and local levels.

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