In parallel with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Meeting in Bangkok, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia participated in the Training of Trainers on Gender and Climate Change. This Asian chapter of the training is the fifth in a series of successful workshops held previously in Europe, USA, and the Caribbean and the Americas. Forty five Asian sustainable development and climate change practitioners attended this three-day-training course which was convened by the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) during Sept. 24-26, 2009 in Bangkok.
The main focus of the training course was building blocks of the Bali Plan of Action (mitigation, adaptation, technology and finance) and was conducted in two parts: a three-day workshop with practitioners (Training of Trainers), followed by a half-day briefing to negotiators. IUCN ROWA Gender focal point Ms Fidaa Haddad coordinated with the League of Arab States to ensure the Arab negotiators’ participation in the Briefing to Negotiators. Thirteen delegates from Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Sudan, in addition to a delegate from the League of Arab States attended the briefing. This briefing is designed to tackle the importance of retaining gender considerations in the UNFCCC negotiating text.
The training is based on a groundbreaking Training Manual on Gender and Climate Change and authored by the IUCN Global Senior Gender Advisor, Lorena Aguilar, on behalf of the alliance. The training manual identifies the links between gender and climate change for the first time - a dimension that has been strikingly absent from climate talks up to now.
Further regional training courses are to be held for the Middle East in Jordan during November 11-12, 2009 in addition to Africa in October 2009, ahead of the UNFCCC Cop-15 to be held in Copenhagen in December 2009.