United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Major Group: Women

Thank you Mr. Chair.
The Women?s Major Group is amazed by the lack of focus on the Review of
programmes on sustainable consumption and production.
Women are the main consumer group, and empowering women to make
responsible decisions is important. Education that empowers consumers, including
women and young people, to make responsible, ethical decisions is essential to
changing consumer behaviour.
In order to support the engagement of women in sustainable consumption and
production initiatives, programmes need to include women in their design and
implementation and they need to integrate the perspectives and recommendations
of women.
As the main producers of staple crops, women play a critical role in making a
transition to sustainable agricultural economies. Women have made significant
contributions to climate change negotiations. For women in developing countries,
technical assistance and capacity building are essential for their effective
contribution to mitigation and adaptation initiatives. We remind you of the
activities of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance and their efforts to promote
sustainable production and consumption of food and energy.
Women must be supported in undertaking sustainable production activities to
enhance their access to legal rights, bank credit, and ownership of land and other
natural resources. Women must be recognized as active agents of change and
given the opportunity to become owners of wealth so as to avoid excessive State
control and the unlimited accumulation of riches by relatively few. This is an
important means for releasing women?s potential and promoting social cohesion.