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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Climate Change Briefing on Gender, Mitigation and Technology

Monday, August 18th, 2014

BONN, GERMANY (August 18, 2014)– From 18–21 August 2014, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is hosting the Ninth meeting of  the Technology Executive Committee (TEC). The work of this Committee is to provide an overview of technological needs and analysis of policy and technical issues related to the development and transfer of technologies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. It’s work is undertaken alongside the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), …

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Women’s Major Group to the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, PrepCom1

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Women’s Major Group Activities at the 1st PrepCom for the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
July 14-15, 2014
Geneva, Switzerland

The Women’s Major Group (WMG) engaged actively with the PrepCom1 from the preparatory phase through the conference itself. Activities of the WMG included sending introductory email messages on the 3rd World Conference process and how to engage with the WMG; drafting, incorporating input and delivering oral and written WMG statements at multiple opportunities …

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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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