"Women leaders are a potent immune system for the Earth. Now it is our job to crank up the volume on the often-unheard voices so that they can become an unstoppable, vibrant force for ecological restoration." —Jensine Larsen
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will take place June 20-22, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, marking the 20th anniversary of the first 'Earth Summit' in 1992—a landmark UN summit organized in response to the growing ecological crisis.
Now, twenty years later, the UN is again bringing together governments, international institutions, and major groups to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy, and a more sustainable and fair use of resources.
This June, women around the world have an opportunity to have their voices heard by these governments and policymakers. We're collecting personal stories outlining women's experiences and recommendations on sustainable and equitable development in order to ensure that the Summit's outcomes represent women's priorities in achieving gender equality and environmental justice for a sustainable future.
All stories submitted on our community platform between now and June 3 will be presented by the Women's Major Group at the Rio+20 Conference. Additionally, selected entries will be published in World Pulse's digital magazine and distributed widely to international media partners.
"As half the world's population, women need to have equal opportunities and a strong voice in all aspects of making sustainable development a reality." —Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Exec. Director