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Find below an overview of the candidate's response to some of the questions in their nomination form. 

Please indicate your organization’s primary area of interest in shaping the post-2015 development agenda. 
WECF draws lessons learned from its projects with partners in implementing MDGs and promotes for the SDG / Post 2015 framework goals and targets which are ambitious and human rights based, which address the fundamental root causes of inequalities and unsustainable development in the current macro-economic, trade, finance, environmental and human rights legislation. The SDG/post 2015 goals should this time around, be based on the priorities and needs of those targeted by the goals, and not by donor governments and sector interests. Ensuring that global goals are truly universal, and address inequalities and unsustainable development in all countries is key. The new goals should have a strong accountability framework and should ensure public participation in decision making and implementation. WECF priority is to ensure that the priorities of women and environmental organisations from around the world are better taken into account in the new framework, and has taken a leading role in the Women’s Major Group, and the coordination between the women’s organisations and other civil society organisations. In that role, we have co-organised among many activities, the civil society participation in the Open Working Group on SDGs, participation in the MDG session during the last GA, and the UNECE regional Post2015 conference in which Beyond 2015 members were involved. 
Please describe your organisational experience and work around the post-2015 development agenda. 
WECF input in the Post2015 process is based on its work since over 12 years on implementation of MDGs 1,3 and 7 in projects on the ground with partners in Central Asia, Caucasus, Eastern Europe and since a few years a number of countries in Africa and Asia. WECF has technical expertise in particular in the area of water & sanitation (MDG7), access to safe and renewable energy, reducing pollution to improve health and sustainable and organic farming. The systems developed with partners are integrated, based on the ‘nexus’ principle of closing local resource loops and strengthening value chains. Through its programs 50,000 women and men now have systems for water, sanitation, energy and/or food production and processing. All WECF projects aim at increasing women’s leadership, participation and rights in development and decision making, and are based on priorities set by WECF partner organisations. WECF builds capacity of its partner organisations both in the technical implementation, project and financial management, outreach and communication as well as policy advocacy area, including at national and international level. For an overview of all of WECF projects see our annual reports at www.wecf.org

WECF strongly promotes strengthening of women’s participation in policy making processes and has taken a leading role in the development of the institutional mechanisms used in some UN processes of the Women’s Major Group (or Women and Gender Constituency as it is called at UNFCCC). WECF role and that of its co-chairs,  is to ensure in particular participation of women (and men) from the global South in the policy processes, making sure that they are well prepared, drafting joint policy statements, getting speaking slots, helping to prepare interventions and speaking presentations, organizing side events and press conferences, sharing the successes on social media, and facilitating the participants to meet with negotiators and key persons in the United Nations organisations. There is no funding for this task from the UN, and therefore WECF also helps to fundraising. For an overview of what WECF and its co-chairs from DAWN, WEDO and GFC have accomplished with the Women’s Major Group in the past year with regard to the Sustainable Development Goal and Post2015 process, please see www.womenrio20.org as well as the facebook, ning and twitter sites @women_rio20
 

Please describe the strategic advantage your organisation could bring to Beyond 2015?
Knowledge of the policy process: WECF International will bring its extensive knowledge of the UN process on Sustainable Development Goals, where we are one of the organizing partners for the civil society group “Women Major Group”, and have been deeply involved in the civil society preparations and participation in the 8 sessions of the “Open Working Group” (OWG) on SDGs. WECF has also closely followed the Post2015 consultations, and participated with a speaker in the global consultation on environmental sustainability, as well as organized the participation and submissions to the online consultations for a number of the other thematic global consultations by Women’s Major Group members. We have cooperated with UNDP and UNECE in organizing the civil society participation in the regional post-2015 for the European and Central Asian region in Istanbul (where we had great support from Concord Sweden by the way) as well as supported WMG participation in other regional consultations in Asia, Africa, MEENA and Latin America. WECF organized the participation of the WMG speaker in the opening panel of the MDG summit at the GA in September 2013, alongside the heads of state. And WECF is in contact with the office of Amina J. Mohammed as well as the President of the General Assembly of the UN on the preparation of the coming 6x6 Post2015 consultations and the 6 PGA sessions on Post2015 to take part in the first half of 2014. 

Other policy processes: In addition to the SDG and Post2015 processes, WECF co-facilitates the Women’s Major Group at UNEP, is active in the Women’s Constituency at UNFCCC, represents environmental NGOs in the UNECE environment processes and in the WHO Environment & Health process.

Networks: WECF brings the links to the women and feminist movements, in particular from the South, including the 500+ organisations members of the Women’s Major Group from a hundred countries, as well as more extensive networks of the Women’s organisations engaged in other policy processes such as Women Rights, Conflict & Peace, Financing for Development, Trade & Development, Population & Development, Bejing+20, Climate Change, Biodiversity, Forests, Water & Sanitation and Food & Agriculture, at national, regional and international levels.  Historically WECF has developed first in the regions of the EU, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia where it has most of its 150 member organisations from different backgrounds (women’s rights, environment, health, energy, water).  Through our participation in the civil society/Major Group committees we are in regular cooperation with other groups such as Indigenous Peoples, Trade Unions, Farmers, Youth etc.