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Internationales Symposium zur Vernetzung der Zivilgesellschaft

„Nachhaltig, gleichgestellt, fair – Jetzt handeln!“
Die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter in der Post-2015 Agenda für nachhaltige Entwicklung

Mittwoch, 24. September 2014, 09:00 bis 18:00 Uhr 
Capitol Yard Golf Lounge, Stralauer Allee 2B, 10245 Berlin

Das Internationale Symposium wurde erfolgreich beendet. 

Wir haben für Sie einen Fotostream auf Flickr erstellt. Sie können diesen über den diesen Link abrufen. 

Die Abschlusserklärung wurde in englischer Sprache verfasst und Sie finden diese im Anschluss oder hier im pdf-Format. Die deutsche Übersetzung stellen wir Ihnen in Kürze zur Verfügung. 

Die offizielle Pressemitteilung zum Internationalen Symposium können Sie hier (pdf-Format) finden.

Final Declaration

The International Symposium 2014 concentrated on the need and the positive effects of gender mainstreaming in the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development. Based on the positions worked out by the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons, the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals, the German Government and UN Women, the participants discussed a gender perspective along the ecological, social and economic dimension of sustainable development.

Affirming the importance of a “stand alone goal” in the post 2015 agenda for sustainable development the participants call for a robust mainstreaming of gender considerations across all parts of the new framework. 

With regard to the ecological dimension, the participants call for: 

• Close cooperation of men and women to achieve gender equality including young and older generations across. Higher participation of women in government, leadership and decision-making positions benefitting from women’s specific knowledge and experience e. g. in the field of biodiversity, and their responsibilities in areas such as food and nutrition security, as well as regarding water related issues;
• A move from individual responsibility towards a global partnership and shared responsibilities; 
• An active involvement of female and male parliamentarians in gender equality; 
• Challenging the enormous problem of land-grabbing and water scarcity;  
• Changing unsustainable consumption and production patterns in the global north; 
• Coherence of policies in different sectors; 
• Women’s access to, control and stewardship over natural resources; 
• Establishing indicators  to monitor the impacts of transformative programmes on women and men;  
• Realizing that climate change especially affects women, and that these issues need to be tackled. Gender in climate change has to be the focus of policies since women are especially affected. 

Considering the social dimension, a paradigm shift is required. The new agenda has to be based on human rights, peace and security and needs to aim at the following: 

• Ending all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls;
• Ensuring women’s access to political life and decision-making on all levels;
• Ensuring universal access to social services, such as education, social security, protection and health; and access to justice for people of all ages in order to ensure women’s and girls’ rights;
• Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all;
• Providing gender sensitive education and training for all at all ages to establish a new global partnership between men, boys, women and girls;
• Establishing a universal partnership for Gender Equality between government, society and  generations for sustainable development;
• Establishing targets and indicators for measuring and monitoring progress in women’s empowerment and equality.

In view of the economic dimension, the new agenda needs to aim at: 

• Recognizing effects of the informal sector as a place of opportunity;
• Aiming at progressive formalization of the informal economy, also the care economy and community management; 
• Supporting fair and just international trade, taking into account its impact on women; 
• Defining more explicitly the role of the private sector in the economic empowerment of women;
• Supporting local initiatives to empower women and implement gender equality;
• Strengthening decent work and social protection schemes by making use of existing successful initiatives; 
• Increasing initiatives to support the development of women-owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs); 
• Equal access to inclusive financial resources and services; 
• Equal access to technology and vocational training.

In conclusion, the participants reaffirm the importance of gender equality in all dimensions of sustainable development. To make a difference, the new framework must be transformative, by addressing the structural impediments to gender equality and the achievement of women’s rights. Therefore we call for gender-mainstreaming to be integrated into all goals and targets in order to ensure meaningful achievement of the new agenda. Under each target area, gender sensitive indicators are necessary to monitor change. The role of the United Nations in monitoring progress in women´s empowerment and gender equality must be strengthened. 

Berlin, 24th of September 2014

Die Einladung zum Internationalen Symposium können Sie hier noch im pdf-Format abrufen.