Gender in the CSA Discourse: Outputs from the RIO+/FANRPAN partnership

Publication date: 
30 September 2014
Leisa Perch
UNDP, RIO+ Centre

The RIO+ Centre is a legacy of the Rio+20 Conference and its Outcome Document The Future We Want and represents a partnership between the Government of Brazil and UNDP on behalf of the United Nations system.

With the mandate of providing a hub for dialogue on ideas and actions that lead to social, environmental, economic justice, The RIO+ works with a broad range of people and institutions to create the momentum needed for a transformational approach to sustainable development.

As a global Centre based in the south, RIO+ is also committed to identifying policies, practices and perspectives that are rooted in the Global South using these to inform south-south debates and build alliances for change both at the national and international level.

The Centre’s work is intended to re-affirm and promote the inextricable link between social, economic and environmental policies for the achievement of sustainable development and human well-being. This includes enabling and supporting a model of South-South cooperation that can chart new pathways for sustainable human development.


  • While there seems to be general consensus, even there the responses to the questions pose contradictions particularly relating to the adequacy of existing policy and the need for more action
  • Very different communities
  • Cannot yet conclude if these are critical contradictions and difficult reconciliations or natural and inevitable in a changing system
  • Next steps: reconcile perceptions, mind-sets, policy analysis, challenges and opportunities in defining a way forward for gender in CSA in the five focus countries