At this year’s UN Climate Change Conference, COP 28, UN Women will ensure that women and girls’ rights, abilities, and priorities are taken into account in climate debates and influence government policies in order to raise climate ambition.
Women and girls have been at the forefront of climate activism and can offer unique knowledge and expertise—including among Indigenous, rural, and young populations—that can support more ambitious and effective climate action.
As extreme weather events increase in intensity and frequency, and slow onset climate changes bring about new ecosystem challenges, women and girls across Asia and the Pacific are exposed to disproportionate challenges, including increasing food insecurity, depleting natural resources, and increased exposure to gender-based violence.
As countries in the region look to transition their economies away from fossil fuel extraction and other harmful environmental practices, it will be essential to ensure that the benefits of these changes are fairly distributed, ensuring gender-responsive transitions that prioritize the rights of women and contribute to gender equality in the region.
At COP 28 and throughout its programming, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific works to integrate gender equality and a Leave No One Behind approach into the design, funding, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and programmes on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Read more about gender & women at COP 28 on the UNFCCC website.
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