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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
Gender and financial
A gender 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 opportunities.
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 support
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 actions.
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.