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Inger Anderson, Next IUCN Director General, Interviews with Kvinfos Web-magasin about Gender and Climate Change

Inger Anderson, the current Vice President of the Middle East and Notrh Africa (MENA) at the World Bank and next Director General of IUCN, recently interviewed with Kvinfos Web-magasin, a Danish web-based magazine which focuses on gender research. In this interview, Anderson discusses the role of gender in energy use, consumption, and production. She explains the importance of considering women as more than just victims and the necessity of including women in technical and financial decision-making committees. Anderson also mentioned the work of the Global Gender Office in collaboration with the Global Gender Climate Alliance (GGCA) to develop the Environment and Gender Index ranking countries' progress in meaningfully incorporating gender into climate change policies. 

Read the full interview here

New guide in gender and energy is online

By: Jackie Siles, Programme Officer, IUCN Global Gender Office 
The  "Guía sobre Género y Energía para Capacitadoras/es y Gestoras/es de Políticas Públicas y Proyectos" reflects the experience of organisations linked to the gender and energy networks of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as some government bodies in the energy sector in Nicaragua and Uruguay. The experience of specialists such as ENERGIA - the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (www.energia.org), the Global Gender Office of IUCN (www.generoyambiente.org), and OLADE (www.olade.org) are also included. Our hope is that this training guide offers useful information for trainers, women's groups, governments, civil society organizations, and private companies, helping them in  mainstreaming gender in energy initiatives, whether political, programs and/or business processes, with the aim  that the inclusion of gender issues becomes a reality. Read the full report here: http://generoyambiente.org/dmdocuments/GuiaGeneroEnergia-corregida-web.pdf

Meeting of Regional Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Gender Advisory Panel

On August 27, 2014, Mangroves for the Future (MFF) met with IUCN senior managers and representatives from Sida and WOCAN at the IUCN Asia Regional Office in Bankok, Thailand, to discuss the establishment of a Gender Advisory Panel for MFF and IUCN Asia. The Gender Advisory Panel will work towards MFF’s principles of equality, participation, transparency, and accountability.

Following these principles, the panel will act to strengthen gender mainstreaming in MFF’s Phase 3 programme. Ms. Aban marker Kabragi, IUCN Regional Director, noted in her opening remarks that MFF’s mandate for gender integrated planning, implementing, and reporting makes MFF a vehicle for strengthening gender mainstreaming in the region.

Dr. Arzu Rana-Deuba, IUCN Regional Councillor, and Ms. Meher Marker Noshirwani, IUCN CEESP Regional Vice Chair, were elected co-chairs of the Gender Advisory Panel. Although unable to attend the meeting, leading gender practitioners from UN Women, IUCN Global Gender Office, and USAID LEAF confirmed their interest in the MFF Gender Advisory Panel.

The entry points and practical steps for the Gender Advisor Panel discussed include institutional, policy and strategy, capacity building, reports and publications, and monitoring and evaluation. The revised MFF Gender Framework and Action plan will be presented at the Eleventh MFF Regional Steering Committee (RSC-11) on October 25th-28th, 2014.


Foro presentará la nueva agenda internacional de género y cambio climático en México

El Programa de Investigación en Cambio Climático (PINCC) de la Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), llevará a cabo el foro "Género y Cambio Climático".
El objetivo principal del evento es presentar la agenda internacional de género y cambio climático, así como dar a conocer los avances, perspectivas y retos vinculados al sector 
académico, sociedad civil y organismos internacionales en México. Esta actividad está siendo coordinanda en estrecha colaboración con a Oficina Global de Género de la Unión 
Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN).
El evento tendrá lugar el próximo 23 de octubre, a las 13:00 a las 15:15 horas, en el Auditorio Nabor Carrillo de la Coordinación de la Investigación Científica de la UNAM, México D.F. Para más información pueden revisar la agenda en el siguiente link.

From Peru to the World: Ensuring a New Climate Change Framework that is Gender Responsive

From Peru to the World: Ensuring a New Climate Change Framework that is Gender Responsive

By: Lorena Aguilar, Global Senior Gender Adviser, IUCN Global Gender Office  


I find myself in Peru, one of the oldest civilizations of Latin America. Peru will be the host country, in December of this year, of the twentieth Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 20).


From these shores and mountains , that keep and embrace one of the most megabiodiverse countries in the world, we are examining the links between gender and climate change.


In the context of ancient knowledge we are discussing with youth, negotiators, scientists, policy makers and women's groups how to develop an advocacy strategy that will allow COP20 to constitute a milestone to mobilize and strengthen the issue of gender equality.


The importance of gender considerations in climate change policy-making, programming and finance has gained significant recognition in recent years—and subsequently, 32 decisions of the UNFCCC have included substantive text on gender that primes Parties for gender-responsive action at national level.


The upcoming COP 20, will be an important opportunity to continue to build enabling elements of an effective, efficient, and equitable gender-responsive climate change framework. The Government of Peru, particularly as host of this vital COP, is in a position to take leadership on propelling progress in several areas.


Delegates to Peru will thus have the important opportunity to provide a mandate for developing a comprehensive framework including a two-year work program, for implementation of gender provisions.


A COP 20 decision can strengthen and substantiate progress on gender-responsive climate policy and implementation.  A time-bound framework for action can ensure that concrete steps are in place to turn words into action, with impact across all key issues and programs of the UNFCCC.


Peru the world will be watching you, you have in your hands the possibility of having an impact in the life of million of women around the world.