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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Speaking out against #ClimateChaos at CSW58

Friday, April 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, as part of the EWA program, WEDO was proud to host a side event alongside, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD), and Equidad de Género entitled “Sustainable Solutions to Ending Climate Chaos –

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58th Commission on the Status of Women: Recap and Analysis

Friday, April 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – From 10th to 21st March, WEDO and partners took part in the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) at UN Headquarters in New York.

Focused on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, this CSW was of particular significance in relation to ongoing processes to review the MDGs, set to expire in 2015, and to frame …

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Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Gender Experts Meeting on Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 9, 2014)– From April 2nd to 4th in Bonn, Germany, WEDO participated in a Joint meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi work programme, focused on Available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge (ITK) and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation. The meeting included several members of the GGCA and the WGC including Bridget …

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Mobilizing for a Social COP in Lima

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 8, 2014)- Beyond the formal negotiations at the recent ADP 2.4 session of the UNFCCC climate negotiations, there was much discussion of the road to Lima and opportunities for action and mobilization to ensure strong political will and ‘people’s voice’ at COP20. Constituencies were invited to speak with the Secretariat on the organization of the COP20 in Peru. This included introductions to the civil society liaison team which the Government of Peru …

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Towards a new climate agreement

Monday, April 7th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 7, 2014)–From March 10th to 14th, the first meeting of the UNFCCC in 2014 was held in Bonn, Germany. The fourth meeting of the second session of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Action (ADP 2.4) – which is the group tasked with developing the new climate agreement- included two work streams: 1) discussion on the elements (adaptation, mitigation, finance, technology, capacity building and MRV) of the new …

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