Draft Platform for Action
K. [Lack of adequate recognition and support for] [Promote] [women's contribution to managing natural resources and safeguarding the environment] [Women and the environment]
Strategic objective K.3. Establish or strengthen mechanisms at the national, regional and international levels to assess the impact of development and environmental policies on women

Actions to be taken

258. By Governments, regional and international organizations and non-governmental organizations, as appropriate:

(a) Provide technical assistance to women, particularly in developing countries, in the sectors of agriculture, fisheries, small enterprises, trade and industry to ensure the continuing promotion of human resource development and the development of environmentally sound technologies and of women's entrepreneurship;

(b) Develop gender-sensitive databases, information [and monitoring] systems and participatory action-oriented research, methodologies and policy analyses with the collaboration of academic institutions and local women researchers on the following:

(i) Knowledge and experience on the part of women concerning the management and conservation of natural resources for incorporation in the databases and information systems for sustainable development;

(ii) The impact on women of environmental and natural resource degradation, deriving from, inter alia, unsustainable production and consumption patterns, drought, poor quality water, global warming, desertification, sea-level rise, hazardous waste, natural disasters, toxic chemicals and pesticide residues, radioactive waste, armed conflicts [and refugee flows];

(iii) Analysis of the structural links between gender relations, environment and development, with special emphasis on particular sectors, such as agriculture, industry, fisheries, forestry, environmental health, biological diversity, climate, water resources and sanitation;

(iv) Measures to develop and include environmental, economic, [cultural], social and gender-sensitive analyses as an essential step in the development [and monitoring] of programmes and policies;

(v) Programmes to create rural and urban training, research and resource centres that will disseminate environmentally sound technologies to women;

(c) [Prohibit the transboundary movement of hazardous toxic and radioactive material waste;]

(d) Promote coordination within and among institutions to implement the Platform for Action and chapter 24 of Agenda 21 17/ [and, inter alia, request [the Commission on the Status of Women,] the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Economic and Social Council to [monitor and] evaluate periodically the implementation of Agenda 21 with regard to women and the environment].


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