United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Major Group: Women

Thank you, Chair,
The women?s major group sees the necessity for a global shift from a debt-based
economy that depends on over-consumerism and results in destruction of nature,
people and through climate change Small Island States. We must shift to an
economy which is based on the value of our commons and pays for eco-services
which will enhance the sustainability and the economic status of women-- an
economy that prospers as people and the planet thrive.
The Small Island States are confronted by destruction which is compounded by
the actions of each person. People should protect their natural and social
wealth. Women are agents of change?through being the first educators of a
child, through their principle role in agriculture, through leadership at all levels
of society, and through the many different roles women play. Governance by
and for the benefit of all people and the planet as a whole must be inclusive and
gender balanced at all levels of governance.
A shift is urgent. It should be based on the following principles: the phasing out
of all toxic chemicals, zero waste and mining where the lands must be restored
to their natural health and the polluter pays.
Women consider water as a high priority and water is a cross-cutting issue for
all themes of the CSD. We urge Governments to discuss the water related
Given the themes of the UNCSD, we can discuss a system where the polluter
pays and this results in a Trust out of which payments are made for a basic
income for all. This would empower women, children, indigenous peoples, and
other protagonists as valuable collaborators in this process.