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Women leading adaptation action - UNFCCC Adaptation Calendar 2017



Climate change has already affected all continents, impacting people, livelihoods, food security and ecosystems. The adverse impacts of climate change do not discriminate between men and women but women are more vulnerable. The majority of the world’s poor are women who generally face higher risks and burdens in the face of climate change. 

At the same time, women play a crucial role in responding and adapting to the impacts of climate change and in building resilience in their countries and communities. Participation of women in decision making at all levels has led to improved outcomes in climate related policies and projects. Policy and project formulation and implementation without women’s meaningful participation can increase existing inequalities and decrease the effectiveness of adaptation. 

The UNFCCC process and its Paris Agreement highlight the importance of the development and implementation of national climate policies that are gender-responsive and gender-sensitive. An increasing number of climate change adaptation projects and programmes demonstrate this approach in action. 

Further information: 

  • Gender and climate change
  • Nairobi work programme synopsis paper on gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation to climate change: overview, available tools, good practices and lessons learned: Download
  • Least Developed Countries Expert Group paper on strengthening gender considerations in adaptation planning and implementation in the least developed countries: Download

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UNFCCC Adaptation Calendar 2018 - Local communities and indigenous peoples: Leadership for a resilient future
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