Women are still underrepresented in climate change negotiations, as shown in a UNFCCC secretariat report presented at Cop26. As well as finding that women remain in the minority and are less likely to lead a government delegation, it also analysed speaking times at selected Cop25 meetings to provide insights on active participation. It found that “men were overrepresented in terms of presence and tended to speak more than women”.
Despite the recognition of distinct vulnerability of women and girls to climate change, women who are at the forefront of climate change, especially the women from climate-vulnerable countries and indigenous women were not present at the decision-making levels of COP26. Climate activists have claimed that COP26 is one of the most exclusionary climate conferences.
9 November 2021. The UNFCCC Women Climate Leaders Network, launched by the Chilean Presidency at COP25 in Madrid, organised a side event at COP26 on Gender Day. Participants and audience members shared experiences. The Network provides opportunities for women negotiators holding leadership positions in the UNFCCC process to meet and exchange knowledge and experiences; support each other; and work with other women negotiators in the process to achieve gender balance in the leadership, and overall composition, of UNFCCC bodies. The side event was supported by the UK Presidency; and by the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Government of Belgium, the Government of the Netherlands (together known as BENELUX) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) kindly made their pavilion at COP26 available for the side event. “Data has shown that gender sensitive policies will likely happen only when women can participate in decision-making processes, which is why having… Read More »Sharing experiences: Women in leadership in the UNFCCC
Bold, new commitments from around the world to put gender equality at the forefront of climate action at COP26
Countries and non-state actors have come forward with new commitments and initiatives that will strengthen the resilience of women and girls in the face of climate-related impacts, while empowering them within climate action, at today’s COP26 Gender Day in Glasgow.
The Network contributed to the Gender Day Reception hosted at the UK Pavilion on 9 November 2021 at COP26. The event included a discussion session hosted by FCDO Minister Wendy Morton, and contributions from Network members, including SBI Chair Marianne Karlsen (Norway), and for SBSTA rapporteur Stella Gama (Malawi).
COP26, the climate talks considered the last chance to put the world on track to meet its climate ambitions, is “recognising and celebrating” gender equality and the empowerment of women in climate policy and action. However, women are still missing at the top climate table.
The recognition of what women contribute, or can contribute, to the survival of the planet and to development remains limited. Gender inequality and social exclusion continue to increase the negative effects of unsustainable and destructive environmental management on women and girls.
At its COP26 Gender Day on Tuesday 9 November, the UK will announce £165 million to tackle climate change while addressing the inequalities that make women and girls more vulnerable to climate change and empowering them to take climate action.