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.
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.
Bali is More than Paradise: newest entry of our Gender Senior Advisor´s Blog on gender, climate change and more
Bali hosts the 2014 Summit on Women and Climate. Lorena Aguilar gives us a scoop of what happened during this meeting.
For four days, more than 100 people from these two funds have been discussing how to bring together the environmental agenda to the women's rights approach under the topic of gender and climate change. Our role representing IUCN's Global Gender Office has been to share our experience in this matter and guide the discussions.
This blog entry is also available in the Huffingtonpost
- · Increase awareness and understanding on gender and large-scale renewable energy and low emissions development planning
- · Identify key entry points and opportunities
- · Define future actions at the international, regional, and national levels
- · Identify knowledge and capacity gaps and potential avenues for closing them
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- New members of "Momentum of Change Advisory Panel"