WEDO and the NWMLE at COP18

Doha, Qatar (November 27, 2012)– On Tuesday, December 4, from 10am – 12pm, WEDO will take part in an event with the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders of the Environment (NWMLE) and UN and civil society partners, building synergies among stakeholders.  Facilitated by Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, the closed event will feature opening statements by the co-chairs of the NWMLE, followed by presentations and an exchange of views on gender and climate change, with a focus on equity, health and finance issues.

WEDO will join civil society partners in presenting these COP18 issues through the lens of equity and inclusion. Participating partners are from the Women’s Major Group for Rio+20, the Women and Gender Constituency at the UNFCCC and a team of climate experts that WEDO is co-coordinating with WECF in support of the Empower Women Benefit All program; countries include Egypt, Paraguay, India, Georgia, Philippines, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Germany and the Netherlands. The Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the NWMLE will present a declaration on gender and climate change. The event will also allow time for an official meeting of the NWMLE to discuss issues of business.

Periodic discussions such as these, among parties, the UN and civil society, are a key tool in improving the gender-responsiveness of the climate change framework – both at national and international level.