Climate Change

One of the most urgent issues of our time, climate change has widespread implications — from the exacerbation of poverty, to the breakdown of infrastructure, to the loss of environmental, political, economic and social security. Experts agree that climate change threatens to set back development efforts by decades, placing least developed countries and already-vulnerable populations in an even more precarious position. Yet a critical aspect of climate change has remained largely on the outskirts — gender.

Women, as the majority of the world’s poor, are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. They are also critical to climate change solutions. WEDO approaches gender and climate from many angles to ensure that women are present at all levels and dimensions of climate change policy-making, strategizing and action.

Our work in the area of climate change focuses on:
• Advocacy at the UNFCCC for gender language in the global climate change agreement
• Advocacy on climate change finance: making sure women have access to money for adaptation and mitigation
• Training on gender and climate change linkages

WEDO’s work on gender and climate change also includes work with the Global Gender and Climate Change Alliance (GGCA). The GGCA is a unique network of 13 UN agencies and 25 civil society organizations, working together to ensure that climate change decision-making, policies and initiatives, at all levels, are gender responsive. Click here to find out more about the GGCA.

Find out more about our Climate Change initiatives by clicking on the categories on the right, exploring our policy work in the UNFCCC section of the site and by accessing key documents in the Library and below!

Key Climate Change Documents

The following are links to key publications on gender and climate change:

Manila Declaration (2008)
Nairobi Action Plan for African Parliamentarians (2009)
Nordic Summit Declaration (2009)
Monrovia Call for Action (2009)
Gender, Climate Change and Human Security Report (2008)
Statement of the CEDAW Committee on Gender and Climate Change (2009)
Case Study: Gender and Climate Change in Nepal (2008)
Climate Change Connections: A resource kit on gender, population and climate change (2009)
GGCA Gender and Climate Change Training Manual (2009)
US Resolution (H.R. 98) on Women and Climate Change (2009)
GGCA Resources page

US Climate Change Campaign

Below are key documents on US Climate Change Advocacy:

Climate Change Facts- WEDO
“U.S. Climate Change Policy: Why Women Matter”- Women Demand U.S. Action on Climate Change (WDACC) Campaign (2008)
Green Jobs Now! – From Katrina to Copenhagen: WDACC Campaign
US House Concurrent Resolution 98 on Women and Climate Change (2009)
Letter to President Obama- Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Climate Change and Women Factsheet- Oxfam America (2008)

The Latest Climate Change News

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Women’s Mobilizing Meeting for the People’s Climate March

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

[ July 24, 2014; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

NEW YORK (July, 17 2014)– In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change.

Igniting ambition, action and urgency to this moment, in New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilization – in size, beauty, and impact. This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention …

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Gender Equality in the Climate Investment Funds (CIF)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

NEW YORK (July 3, 2014)-- On behalf of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance, WEDO’s Bridget Burns attended the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum, specifically sitting in the Observer seat of the Pilot Programme on Climate Resilience (PPCR), in addition to attending other meetings in Montego Bay, Jamaica during the period of June 21-28.

At least two other GGCA CSO members were in attendance for the Partnership Forum, Nisha Onta (WOCAN) and …

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Towards a New Climate Agreement – Update from June Climate Talks

Monday, June 30th, 2014

NEW YORK (30 June 2014)– From 4-15 June 2014, in Bonn, Germany, WEDO and its partners from the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), working alongside members of the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), attended the fortieth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40), as well as the June session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for …

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Step Change for Women’s Leadership at the UN Climate Talks: Women Delegates Fund

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

NEW YORK (June 26, 2014)- The Women Delegates Fund was founded in 2009 to provide travel support, capacity building and networking opportunities to women from the Global South, particularly those who have both climate change and women’s empowerment expertise, to join and participate on their national delegations at the UNFCCC. The Fund is supported by the Government of Finland, with additional funds from the Government of Iceland.

Now in it’s sixth year of operation, …

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Assessing the ‘Building Blocks Towards a Gender-Responsive New Climate Agreement’- WEDO/GGCA Side Event in Bonn

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

NEW YORK (June 24, 2014)– On Friday, June 13th 2014 in Bonn, Germany, WEDO and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), co-hosted a side event entitled ’Building Blocks Towards a Gender-Responsive New Climate Agreement‘.

The links between gender equality and climate change is supported by undeniable data in terms of differentiated impacts and contributions to action. A gender perspective frames the enabling conditions needed for solutions to be effective as well as …

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