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Gender and Climate Change - UNFCCC related activities - 2016
Since 2012, Parties to the UNFCCC have considered ‘gender and climate change’ as a stand-alone agenda item under the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). In addition, Parties have considered and incorporated gender considerations in many other thematic areas (e.g. finance, technology development and transfer, adaptation) under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement more>>

Gender Day at COP 22 / CMP 12 /CMA 1

While the impacts of climate change are often experienced differently by men and women, with women disproportionately affected due to differing gender roles and existing gender inequalities, Gender Day at COP 22 / CMP 12 / CMA 1 focusses on women as leaders, innovators, and agents of the transformational change that the challenge of climate change and achieving sustainable development demands.

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Tools to Translate, Track and Transform: A dialogue on the transformative implementation of gender-responsive climate solutions

This event explores how tools and methods can support governments as they implement their NDCs, NAPs and other climate policies to ensure that 'no one is left behind' in the transition to a low emission, low-carbon, climate resilient future and more inclusive societies and economies.

ImageVerania Chao, Policy Specialist
Stephanie Kwan, Accredited Entities Specialist

Master Class on Access to Climate Finance - Applying a Gender Lens

This two and half hour event at COP22/CMP12/CMA1 examined how different sources of financing can be accessed to implement transformative climate mitigation and adaptation actions and policies. By applying a gender lens and looking at lessons learned, the Master Class identified the key skills, steps and tools needed to successfully access different sources of climate finance.

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Momentum for Change

Women for Results Momentum for Change


This special event showed how women are leading the way on climate action worldwide. The event was divided into two segments. The first was a high - level panel discussion that explored how gender equality and the empowerment of women is critical when addressing climate change and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The second segment demonstrated on - the - ground examples of climate solutions that are led by, and empower, women by the 2016 winners of the Momentum for Change Women for Results focus area.

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Global Gender Climate Alliance (GGCA) Innovation Forum

The second day of the GGCA Innovation Forum began with a morning plenary session, which addressed “From Words to Action: Is it possible?” This was followed by a “Lightning Talks: Gender at the Cutting Edge” that built on the “Skills-Share” workshops from the previous day’s Forum, during which participants received brief presentations on a number of topics, followed by group discussion.

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ImageRural Community Leaders
Combating Climate Change - India

Swayam Shikshan Prayog, an Indian NGO, trains
rural women in entrepreneurship and builds
their capacities for marketing clean-energy
products in their communities
Winners of 2016 UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award Announced

Winning activities include:
  • A Google-led project that could catalyse the rooftop solar market for millions of people across the United States
  • An ingenious net that harvests fog from the air to provide drinking water for people on the edge of Morocco’s Sahara Desert
  • North America’s first revenue-neutral tax that puts a price on carbon pollution
  • A project that has established the first women-specific standard to measure and monetize women’s empowerment benefits of climate action

ImageIntegrating gender into the LDC Group climate change
agenda was the theme of a session held at the
Bonn Climate Change Conference held in May 2016
in Bonn, Germany.
Photo: UNDP

Integrating gender into the LDC Group climate change agenda


This event was supported by the LDCF funded project 'Building capacity of LDCs to participate effectively in intergovernmental climate change processes', implemented jointly by UNDP and UNEP. The session was chaired by Tosi Mpanu Mpanu, Chair of the LDC Group. He noted that the session was building on the agreements at previous COPs in Lima and Paris, saying “We are seeking to improve participation of women in all bodies under the convention, to reach a common understanding of action on gender and on climate change."

ImageIn-session workshop
Bonn, Germany, 18-19 May 2016
Photo: IISD Reporting Services

In-session workshop on gender-responsive climate policy with a focus on adaptation, capacity building and training for delegates on gender issues

The integration of gender considerations throughout climate change related actions is crucial for the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of such actions for both developing and developed countries. That is why the UN climate change secretariat was mandated to organize a workshop on gender-responsive climate policy with a focus on adaptation and capacity-building and training.

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Ambassador Laurence Tubiana, France’s newly-appointed international climate champion, reminded the UN climate change conference in Bonn this week during her opening speech of the important role gender plays. “Parity and gender equality are essential for the efficiency of all actions to fight against climate change. This is why gender equality is quoted in the preamble of the Paris Agreement,” she said.

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The WDF Night School

From May 13 to May 14, WEDO hosted a pre-sessional ‘Night School’ for over 30 newer delegates. The two-night series focused on drafting text for interventions, with the aim of strengthening the participants’ capacity to effectively participate in the negotiations.

ImageChristiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
Three Concerns on Gender Parity
Message on International Women's Day

I share with you that I learned many lessons from our process of building toward COP21, and among them one fundamental lesson that is  applicable here: there is no centralized solution. It takes an effort on the part of literally every one of us to face these global challenges. None of us can individually transform the three painful situations I have enumerated. But at minimum each one of us has the responsibility to ensure that none of them occur within the sphere of our personal influence.

ImageWomen farmers gathering during morning milk
collection session in Bangladesh
IFPRI. Photo: Flickr
Climate Action Requires Gender Action

Gender equality and women’s empowerment is now a more obvious part of the intergovernmental negotiations under the Convention, with recent dedicated decisions such as 23/CP.18 (the Doha miracle) and 18/CP.20 (the Lima work programme on gender). Significantly, the Paris Agreement also includes language in its preamble on gender equality (and other human rights) – a first for Multilateral Environmental Agreements. Therefore we can expect that work in this area will continue to grow and will find new ways to bring women where they should be: at the forefront of the fight against climate change.

In the year 1995, a historical benchmark was set for Gender and Climate Change with the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action more>>
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