BREAKING NEWS: GENDER DECISION AT COP18
The EU introduced a decision promoting gender balance in the UN climate negotiation process to the COP Plenary session. The decision "Promoting gender balance through improving the participation of women in UNFCCC negotiations and in the representation of Parties in bodies established pursuant to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol" reaffirms Decision 36, adopted at COP7 in Marrakesh, which recognized the importance of gender equality in climate decision making; urged the parties to nominate women to the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol bodies; and requested the Secretariat to report on that.
Besides strengthening the participation of women in bodies and delegations, the decision requests that the Secretariat report on female participation and forward this to the COP on an annual basis in order to enable the tracking of progress towards the goal of gender balance and gender sensitive climate policy.
Finally, the decision requests the Secretariat to convene a workshop at COP19 on gender balance in the UNFCCC process, gender-sensitive climate policy and capacity-building activities to promote the greater participation of women in the UNFCCC process
The Women and Gender Constituency supports this decision, but also expresses concerns that it might be seen as THE progress towards gender equality. Participation is one of the means to implement gender responsive climate policy. The next step must be to implement gender mainstreaming in the whole variety of critical issues for womens and mens lives and livelihoods, and for transforming gender relations.
The decision can be downloaded here