On International Women’s Day, a cross-regional group of Member States with the UN Agencies organised a panel discussion to explore interlinkages between climate change, gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and the actions needed to respond to these challenges.
Climate change is a multiplier of existing health vulnerabilities for women, adolescent girls and young people, including insufficient access to safe water and improved sanitation, food insecurity, and impacts on access to and utilization of health care and education. The impacts of climate change are projected to get significantly worse during the Decade of Action on sustainable development goals.
This session gathered cross-regional actors to discuss the implementation of gender-responsive climate action. It shed light on the gender dimension of the climate crisis with a view to strengthening a more equitable, human rights-based and gender transformative climate action.
- Welcome by moderator Monica Ferro, Director, UNFPA Geneva Office
- Opening remarks by Ambassador of Norway
- Opening remarks by Ambassador of Costa Rica
- Gender dimensions of climate change displacement, Andrew Harper, Special Advisor to the High Commissioner for Refugees on Climate Action
- A gendered humanitarian crisis, by Audrey Oettli, IFRC Protection Gender and Inclusion Adviser
- Impact of climate change on reproductive health, by Dr Anna Coates, the SRH/HRP Gender Equality advisor, WHO
- A perspective from Cameroon, by Marthe Wandou, Right Livelihood (virtual)
- Q&A and statements from the floor
- Closing remarks by Ambassador of Germany
Recording link: Recording link: https://ungeneva-vc.webex.com/ungeneva-vc/ldr.php?RCID=87137af38f9d78a69286de19d2c77c74