The human aspect of climate change

02 December 2008 | News story

For the first time delegates at the UNFCCC were trained on how to promote gender considerations in the climate change negotiations.

The session, which was organized by IUCN and the Women’s Environment and Development Organisation on the behalf of Global Gender and Climate Alliance, attracted more than 50 delegates from Africa, Arab States, Central and South America, Asia and Europe.

“We had an incredible turnout for this training event and tremendous interest from the parties to include gender considerations in the negotiations,” says Lorena Aguilar, IUCN’s Senior Gender Advisor.

“They are aware, for example, that women are more vulnerable to climate change than men. More women die after extreme weather events, such as storms and floods. The parties are becoming more and more concerned about this human aspect of climate change.”

The training session on climate change and gender equality was held the day before the UNFCCC opened. It focused on how to include gender in issues such as adapting to climate change, reducing greenhouse gases and transferring clean technology to developing countries so they can cut their carbon emissions.

Delegates who attended the session identified the urgent need to enhanc the collaboration between the national focal points on climate change and gender equality. They considered the approach adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity in relation to gender equality as an encouraging example at international level.