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This article is the outcome of an initiative World Pulse launched on our online community platform, inviting global grassroots women leaders to outline their personal experiences and recommendations on equitable and sustainable development.

In partnership with Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), we gathered 55 statements representing women from 28 countries ranging from Papua New Guinea to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The stories were delivered via the Women's Major Group to top world leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) that will take place June 20-22, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This conference marks the 20th anniversary of the first 'Earth Summit' in 1992—a landmark UN summit organized in response to the growing ecological crisis.

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Visit our interactive Rio+20 global map to read the raw stories of grassroots women leaders who are advising the UN on what sustainable development can mean for women.

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Unless government investments focus on having a quality population and a well managed and sustainable environment , only then can our countries ensure a bright future for the next generations

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


Rosa's picture

It's my honor tor have the

It's my honor tor have the chance to post my comment here to stand by your article and express my happiness to see yor post. live in a village in India. Here, the public uses vacant sites and roadsides for toileting and health problems are rampant due to poor sanitation and hygiene. Local administrations have created a number of public toilets for public use, but water scarcity and maintenance of the facilities are major issues. The unclean toilets are causing disease, and there is no sufficient water supply for cleaning them. This drives community members back to open land for toileting.Yes, it's a meaningful article.excellent post, very informative. I wonder why the other specialists of this sector do not notice this. You must proceed your writing. I’m confident, you have a great readers’ base already!
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ikirimat's picture

Bravo

Thank you Rosa for the positive comments. We shall continue to make our voices loud until as one of the approaches as we move towards action. One by one, we shall change attitude. You also point out the serious issue of poor sanitation in our communities especially for girls. I agree and more needs to be done. Together we can change the world to a better place to live in by all.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


Sustainable development is all about securing an uncompromisable future for humanity and our ecosystem; and we can only succeed in the drive by tackling the very issues that fuel the embers of exclusion and injustice. Everyone has a role to play and there is something every one can do. The need for man to live in harmony with nature is not negotiable and the earlier we accept this fact and have the will to make certain of that, the better.

Olanike

Wendyiscalm's picture

This is very eloquent, well

This is very eloquent, well said and true. Thank you.

Ubuntu (I am who I am because of who we are together)

Wendy Stebbins

Wendy Stebbins
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I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Greengirl's picture

Best Wishes!

Many thanks to you! You are an embodiment of encouragement!

Very warm regards,

Olanike Olugboji

Greengirl's picture

Best Wishes!

Many thanks to you! You are an embodiment of encouragement!

Very warm regards,

Olanike Olugboji

ikirimat's picture

Good!

Thank you Olanike for adding your voice. Yes people are central in all this issue.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


Dear need to move information between people as well as their rights. Care and value is a solidary way to the environment and the lives of our brothers around the world
Kisses,

Frenny Jowi's picture

where is the commitment?

Media reports say the Rio outcome document is weak and lacks ambition. And with the latest environmental assessment report dubbed GEO5 having stated that earth's resources especially the marine ones are still at high risk even after 20 years since Johannesburg summit,that resolved to reverse this kind of degradation among other resolutions, it calls for high will power and commitment by leaders and citizens to save the earth.

I don't how sustainable development can be achieved without linking climate change to sexual and reproductive health: an issue that affect girls and women most.

kind3500's picture

Olympics...

Why will Brazil be hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics when there is so much else to be done there? Will the Olympics bring more wealth and awareness to the issues as outlined above , or will it be a distraction, something that will convince the world that everything is okay in Brazil? I believe something needs to be done, and priorities need to be straightened out.

Kindersley

lovepowerrespect's picture

Love one another

It is really important to care and love each other in spite of racial differences.

Paula LaPierre Kichesipirini Algonquin's picture

Kichesipirini Continues...

Thank you so much for the encouraging words. Words are important. Women's views of their own life experiences are a unique perspective of world events and how they play out in the real life grassroots level....We continue to assert, through a fog of misinformation and selective social participation and consultation processes at the State level, that there are ways to avoid these social problems. Many of the solutions have already been established but are not implemented. Brave women must carry on telling the Truth.
Love,
Paula

Paula LaPierre
Principal Sachem
Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation
Kichi Sibi Anishnabe
Canada
Culture is a pillar of sustainable development. Make certain then that is is culture with integrity.
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