5-6 JUNE 2018 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Putting Women and Girls at the Heart of Conservation and Climate Action

From Risks to Rights: Enhancing Environmental and Gender Equality Outcomes with Gender-responsive Development Strategies

A3
High-level panel - Auditorium
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
16:00 to 17:30

Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a prerequisite to effective conservation, climate action, and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). International agreements on biodiversity (CBD), sustainable development (Agenda 2030) and—most recently—climate change (The Paris Agreement) present new opportunities for engaging women and accelerating equitable action.FromNationally Determined Contributions (NDC) processes to biodiversity strategies and climate change gender action plans, governments, businesses, and civil society are now embracing gender-responsive solutions to address the world’s most pressing development challenges. This session will engage actors from across spheres to discuss specific approaches to more effective, equitable and resilient outcomes. 

Key points

  • Some 70 % of decisions about consumption are made by women. They should be seen as agents of change.
  • Half the world’s population cannot be left out of climate change solutions.
  • Greater women’s participation can increase the pace and sustainability of energy transition.
  • All international environmental agreements now have gender action plans. The challenge is to implement them.
  • Solutions to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through one single policy action are needed.

Synopsis

Half the world’s population – women – cannot be left out of the solutions to climate change. Indeed, 70 % of decisions about consumption are made by women. They should be seen as agents of change.

There are 10 million people working on renewable energy. This could rise to 30 million by 2050, a huge pool of labour requirements, and we need to prepare for this. Introducing women supports the sector and improves incomes and jobs.

All international environmental agreements now have gender action plans. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was the pioneer in bringing gender into the debate on climate change. There are now very clear mandates. These are in place and are being put into practice at country level.

There is a direct link between women’s economic empowerment and climate change. Women are on the front line in implementing climate action activities in many countries. It is thus very importa

Insight

The challenge now is at the local level where the participation of women will be crucial to successful implementation of climate actions.

Organised by

Speakers

Anna-Kaisa Itkonen
Commission Spokesperson for Climate Action and Energy
European Commission
Shah Meem Rafayat Chowdhury
Young Leader - Bangladesh
Jonathan Taylor
Vice President
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Lorena Aguilar
Global Director Governance and Rights
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Randi Davis
Director for Gender
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Rabia Ferroukhi
Deputy Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance
International Renewable Energy Agency
Nana Akua Owusu Afriyieh
Member of Parliament
Parliament House of Ghana