Conference of the Parties
Since its creation, UN Women has played an active role in advocacy and technical support around gender and climate change. This has included taking part in and closely following the yearly UNFCCC Conference of Parties sessions, ever since COP 17 in 2011.
In 2017 the UN Climate Change Conference sessions are officially referred to as COP 23/ CMP 13/ CMA 1-2 or the twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP 23); the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 13); and the second part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1.2)
The sessions will take place from 6 to 17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, under the presidency of Fiji. At COP 23, the forty-seventh session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 47), will also meet and consider possible elements of the gender action plan as mandated by decision 21/CP.22. UN Women engages closely with Parties and observers to contribute to the development of the gender action plan.
Specifically, UN Women submitted possible elements of the gender action plan and supported Parties in organizing a two-day informal consultation with a large group of Parties and interested observers in The Hague in March 2017. The summary report of the informal consultation was submitted as input to the in-session workshop during SBI 46 in May 2017 and served as the basis for discussions.
UN Women hopes for a gender action plan that will ensure the implementation of more than 60 decisions with gender-specific mandates adopted by Parties. The gender action plan should have clearly defined priority areas and results to be achieved and specify implementing actors and timelines.
At COP 23, UN Women will lead, co-organize and engage in a number of events to contribute to substantive discussions and to raise the visibility of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the climate change discourse and actions. Among the gender-specific events include: Promoting effective climate action through gender-responsive and human rights-based approaches, networking of gender focal points and focal points of other thematic areas, including education and meeting of women leaders. UN Women will also contribute to events on disaster risk reduction, food security and land use and human settlements. In the One UN Exhibit Booth on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, UN Women, together with UN Volunteers and the International Labor Organization, will showcase women’s leadership and contribution to addressing climate change.