COP20, the UN climate conference is now underway in Lima, Peru (20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol). Concerted efforts are being made to engender the new climate agreement that the countries are negotiating, informed and influenced by numerous non-government groups.
The 9th December was Gender Day at COP20. Gender issues were recognized in a series of papers, none unfortunately addressing the aquaculture and fisheries sectors, in the UN magazine, Outreach. Nevertheless, the set of papers is a good outline of the history so far of how gender is and is not incorporated and makes a strong case for much more systematic incorporation of gender into climate policies and actions on the ground.
Contents (download pdf of whole report here).
1. Time to act: Let’s make this the century of women’s empowerment and rights
2. Gender and climate change: Shoehorned or real?
3. Gender equality in a new climate agreement 4 The silent sufferers of climate change
5. Measuring, reporting and verification for women’s empowerment: The W+ Standard
6. All India Women’s Conference’s initiatives at national level to abate climate change
7. Connecting the dots: Relating forests and food to women’s empowerment and community resilience at the COP20 negotiations
8. Gender in the climate negotiations – moving from a side issue to a common thread