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Lima United Nations Climate Change Conference, December 2014
In Lima, in 2014, the COP adopted decision
18/CP.20, which further facilitates the implementation of decision
23/CP18, drawing on submissions made by Parties and admitted observer organizations on
options and ways to advance the gender balance goal, information provided at the in-session
workshop on “Gender, Climate Change and the UNFCCC”, held on 12 November 2013 in
Warsaw, Poland, and proposals contained in the annex to document
As per paragraphs 11 and 13 of decision
18/CP.20, the secretariat will organize an in-session workshop on gender-responsive
climate policy with a focus on mitigation action and technology development and transfer at
the forty-second session of the SBI in June 2015, taking into account submissions from
Parties and admitted observer organizations.
Gender and adaptation
Integrating considerations of
gender into medium- and long-term adaptation can help to ensure that adaptation is effective
and implementable on the ground. It can help to ensure that the implementation of adaptation
activities will not exacerbate inequalities and other vulnerabilities, it can help to fulfil
the specific needs of the most vulnerable, and it can ensure the equal participation of men and
women in the decision-making and implementation phases of these activities. Women can act as
agents of change at different levels of the adaptation process.
Gender and financial support
perspective needs to be taken into account when developing resource mobilization strategies,
applying climate finance instruments, and ensuring equal participation in the deployment of
financial resources, particularly at the local level.
Gender and mitigation
Action to mitigate climate change has the potential to also bring about local gender-positive
impacts. This may be achieved by the general nature of a mitigation project or programme,
such as clean energy for household lighting or cooking, or by gender equity impacts being
specifically considered early in the project planning stage e.g. considering where revenues
will flow. Projects under the Kyoto Protocol's flexible mechanisms, CDM and JI, have
shown themselves to have potentially positive impacts on the lives of women – by
improving livelihoods and health and allowing time for the pursuit of additional
Gender and technology
The development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies represent an opportunity
to increase efforts on gender mainstreaming with regard to technology access and information
and training on the use of appropriate technologies.
Gender and capacity-building
A gender-sensitive approach to creating, developing and strengthening institutional, systemic
and human-resource capacity-building can foster gender balance in decision-making on,
delivery of and access to means and tools of implementation for mitigation of adaptation
Gender Day at sessions of the COP/CMP
Gender Day was held at COP20 on December 9, 2014 in Lima Peru. The day was filled with many
events organized by a variety of different stakeholders, including a high level dialogue,
discussions on women’s leadership role in climate action and multiple interviews hosted
by the Climate Change Studio. Gender focused activities then continued the following day,
December 10, 2014.