Paris must deliver an ambitious and equitable agreement that keeps warming below the 1.5°C threshold, supports just climate action, respects the human rights of all people, and ensures gender equality at its core, as a guiding mandate. However, it is also critically important to look ahead to implementation and continued efforts toward gender responsive climate solutions.
CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research) – together with a range of GGCA partner organizations – produced a range of briefs on the gender perspectives on climate change, which were launched at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris. This collaborative program aims to enhance the management and use of forests, agroforestry and tree genetic resources across the landscape from forests to farms. CIFOR leads CRP-FTA in partnership with Bioversity International, CATIE, CIRAD, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture and the World Agroforestry Centre.
WEDO’s Bridget Burns and Eleanor Blomstrom authored Gender Climate Brief number 9 on “Gender equality in the climate agreement”. The key messages from this brief include:
- Gender equality and respect for all human rights are central to an effective climate change agreement.
- Gender equality and women’s human rights advocates have clear asks for the outcome of Paris, ensuring that gender equality is a guiding mandate for all aspects of the agreement.
- The agreement must be just, ambitious and inclusive in terms of mitigation, adaptation, finance, loss and damage; strong gender language in a weak agreement will not achieve what the world needs.
- Advocates at all levels must follow-up post-Paris to drive political will and implementation, and to hold governments accountable.
- Women are already working to solve climate change, contributing innovative, gender-just and climate-just solutions.
See the full set here: CIFOR.org/gender-climate