Keynote Address for “How a Changing Climate Impacts Women” High-level Roundtable, 21 Sept 2007.
Climate change is already an imminent threat. The planet’s warming is indisputable. Adverse effects are already felt in many areas, affecting agriculture and food security, oceans and coastal areas, and water resources.
The impacts of climate change disproportionately falls on developing countries and communities with low adaptive capacity. The human impact depends on sex, age, income and occupation. Poor people are more vulnerable to climate change due to their limited adaptive capacities to a changing environment. Among them, the rural poor, and rural women and girls are the ones most immediately affected by climate change.