The 23rd UN Conference of the Parties on climate change (COP23) that took place in Bonn in November 6—17 took a step forward on emphasising the role of women in the global fight against climate change by adopting a gender action plan (GAP).
Building on existing frameworks, the plan will create new processes to enable women to become agents of change for climate action. The GAP’s main goal is to support and enhance the implementation of gender-related decisions and mandates so far adopted by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through specific initiatives over the next two years.
The GAP moves beyond gender parity in policy negotiations. It integrates gender equality in all aspects of climate policy and action. That means strengthening women’s roles in all activities related to climate adaptation and mitigation as well as implementing processes, including technology development and transfer.
Priority areas in the plan include capacity-building, knowledge sharing and communication; and gender balance, participation and women’s leadership.