Women Deliver’s 4th Global conference will begin on Monday May 16 till Thursday May 19 in Copenhagen, Denmark with an overarching focus on Sustainable Development.

The conference is one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and one of the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last decade.

WEDO is coordinating with Global Greengrants Fund (GGF) and  International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF) on  the Environment & Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience & Education thematic cluster which will also include three concurrent sessions for the conference:

  1. Voices from the Frontlines: Grassroots Women Combatting Climate Change
  2. Climate Change Financing for Women & Girls
  3. Women Environmental & Human Rights Defenders.

Key Events

16 May: WEDO presentation on "Gender Dimensions of Climate Change" 10:00-11:00am

WEDO’s Juliana Velez and Maria Alejandra Rodriguez Acha (Majandra) will be presenting on the Gender Dimensions of Climate Change at Women Deliver’s Pre-Conference Workshop for Journalists.

This presentation will serve as a briefing for some of the top journalists that will be covering the three-day conference. Participants include journalists from the following media outlets: BBC, World Pulse, The Herald, Times New Media, and Inter Press Service. The main focus of the presentation will be on the gendered impacts of climate change as well as women-led solutions to climate change.

17 May: "10 things you need to know about the SDGs" 1:30-2:30pm

WEDO’s Eleanor Blomstrom will be speaking at one of the concurrent session panels, “10 things you need to know about the SDGs.”

Eleanor will focus on how gender equality, health and development fit into the prevailing discussions around climate as well as how the Women’s Major Group will help to advance the cross-cutting agenda as we move to implementation, particularly as it relates to financing the Sustainable Development goals.
This session will primarily focus on 10 points:
  • how the SDGs differ from the MDGs;
  • why they are a useful international framework through which to advance the health, rights and well-being of girls and women;
  • the role that the SDGs can play in achieving gender equality;
  • how the principle of universality impacts the implementation of the SDGs;
  • how the SDGs are more inter-sectoral and how this will impact implementation;
  • how governments are taking steps to implement the broad SDG agenda;
  • ways in which the SDGs can be financed;
  • the role of NGOs to help governments translate the SDGs into relevant and actionable policy;
  • how community groups – especially young people – can work with governments and NGOs to promote and ensure the effective implementation of the SDGs; and
  • why countries must look at packages of indicators rather that singular indicators when they are forming policy.
17 May: "Investing in Girls & Women to Combat Climate Change" 3:00-4:00pm

This is one of the three concurrent sessions that WEDO co-organized and the main focus will be on “Investing in Girls & Women to Combat Climate Change”. This session will look at the roles of different actors in finance such as Green Climate Fund, women’s funders, IFC, corporate foundations and investors in providing financial support to women and girls or feminist organizations.

It will also showcase women sharing experiences with securing funds for their urgent work on climate change.
The session seeks to
  • raise awareness about climate finance landscape, especially in relation to funding for women and girls, and gender equality.
  • examine methods and challenges of getting funds that benefit and can be managed by women and girls.
  • provide resources on how access climate finance.
18 May: "Women Defending Environmental and Human Rights" 10:30am-12pm

Co-organized by WEDO, this session on “Women Defending Environmental and Human Rights” will bring together funders and grantees, providing strategies for best practices for Women Human Rights Defenders activism and health

It will also focus on strengthening their collective contextual analysis of the situations in which they operate in their various countries.
Speakers for the event include: Emem Okon, Judith Pasimio, Marcela Ballara, and Kate Kroeger as moderator.
18 May: "Female Voice from the Frontlines of Climate Change" 1:30-2:20pm

Addressing the impacts of climate change on women and girls, in this session, participants will learn about unique challenges girls and women are facing in relationship to climate change and how women of all ages and from all regions of the world are leading climate change adaptation and resilience initiatives on local, regional, and international levels.

This session within the environmental and climate change cluster features Majandra on the panel and Eleanor as the moderator. High-level presenters also include Mary Robinson of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Change.

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