KASAMA Vol. 23 No. 4 / November-December 2009 / Solidarity Philippines Australia Network

Women are Agents of Change

17 December 2009 – Leaders from around the world gathered for a photo opportunity demonstrating their support for gender equality in the global climate change agreement. The 2009 UN Climate Change Conference was held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark from 7 to 18 December. The conference included the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 5th Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 5) to the Kyoto Protocol.

Women are Agents of Change

The Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the governments of Finland and Denmark in partnership with South Africa, Jordan, Grenada, Ghana, Lesotho, Costa Rica, AOSIS (Alliance of Small Island States), and UN Foundation organised an official high-level COP15 side event titled Investing in Women’s Leadership for Climate Solutions. Featuring a number of high-profile women, the event focussed on the importance of gender equality as critical to mitigation and adaptation and enhancing the effectiveness and reach of climate change funding.

Speakers included Tarja Halonen, the President of Finland, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the President of the Philippines, and the U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi declaring: I Am An Agent of C Change.

The Philippine Climate Change Act was signed in October 2009, creating a commission to implement strategies for the country to better prepare for and respond to natural disasters. The Philippines is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It is predicted that the country will experience more typhoons, floods, droughts, heat waves and crop production shortages as a result of climate change.

Only one-third of the delegates attending the COP this year are women, which can make it more difficult for equal representation of women and men’s views.

Source: Global Gender and Climate Alliance
(GGCA) press release.

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