UNFCCC COP18 Gender Decision
The final COP18 Gender Decision “Promoting gender balance and improving the participation of women in UNFCCC negotiations and in the representation of Parties in bodies established pursuant to the Convention or the Kyoto Protocol” reaffirms a COP decision taken over a decade ago. Despite the COP7 decision, participation of women in UNFCCC bodies and as Party delegates overall has remained low. The COP18 Gender Decision adds new provisions to increase women’s participation, striving toward gender balance on delegations, and giving more attention and resources toward the goal of gender balance.
Reasons for working in this topic, project or business:
Parties and civil society should seize the COP18 Gender Decision as a chance to
- Spark meaningful action to strengthen gender balance in participation and leadership in UNFCCC processes and programmes, emphasizing women’s right to participate in decision-making processes, as a key step towards gender equality
- Gather lessons learned on current state of gender balance in UNFCCC participation
- Support and build capacity of Parties and institutions seeking progress on gender equality
- Augment research on the benefits of a gender-sensitive approach to climate policy and practice
- Define quantifiable targets and timelines for gender balance in the UNFCCC process
Root causes of the problems in this field and main barriers:
One of the main barriers to success inmplementing the UNFCCC COP18 Gender Decision is the challenge of raising awareness of the 2013 opportunities to address and make progress on gender equality and a gender-sensitive approach in climate change practice and policy. In addition to raising awareness of the key entry points such as the September gender submmissions and the COP19 (November) gender workshop, building capacity on the importance of gender equality in comtributing to a successful response to climate change is fundamental.
What is needed to overcome barriers to implement solutions:
Strategic and coordinated outreach and support to government Parties to the UNFCCC climate change negotiations is needed to ensure governments use the opportunity of the COP18 Gender Decision to share experiences and questions in working towards gender balance in the UNFCCC and ultimiately towards gender equality in climate policy and practice.
Specific needs and/or support requests:
Wew would invite participants in thsi on-line dialogue to contribute to the international outreach effort by connecting with your national or regional climate representatives and encouraging them to implement the COP18 Gender Decision by preparing a September gender submission and participating in the November gender workshop.
Suggested best global solution for this topic:
A key national solution will be working with national governments to identify the challenges they face in working towards gender balance in the international climate change negotiations, and collaobrating on steps forward.
Best practices and policies:
One priority of the 2013 implementation process will be to identify and gather examples of best practices and policies from national governments.
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