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In Ngorongoro, a remote district in Arusha, rural communities are bearing the brunt of a changing climate that is ravaging many parts of East Africa. The Energize project is working to build new skills for out-of-school pastoralist adolescent girls and young women on biogas and solar energy products, as well as on how to run sustainable businesses.
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Refika Cornoleus, escaped the war in Sudan with her her six children, but had to leave behind her home, her husband and her grandparents. She lives in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, where she makes eco-friendly stoves, which are high in demand.
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Sok Sopheap sets off to run errands and pick up her two grandchildren from school in Tropang Thom village, southern Cambodia. Sopheap is in her 50’s – a stage in life when many women in her country might slow down – but like many local women, she is bearing an increasingly heavy burden as a result of climate change.
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Trin Gim has achieved not only financial success with her pig farm, but has harvested waste from the pigs to be converted into combustible methane gas that can be used as energy for cooking and household needs.
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Martha Benavente, from Tucurú, a small municipality in Guatemala trained for six months to become a solar engineer, and she is bursting with energy. She can’t wait to start building solar lamps so that her community can have sustainable energy at last. One solar lamp could sell for up to 200 Quetzals, a lucrative business opportunity for a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field.
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Suhela Khan currently leads UN Women’s joint programme with UNEP, called "Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme" in India. Launched at COP 21 in six countries, the Programme works on identifying and removing structural gender-specific barriers that female energy entrepreneurs face, enhancing women’s productive use of sustainable energy, and increasing women’s participation and leadership in developing gender-responsive energy policies. UN Women spoke to Ms. Khan about how women’s access to clean energy and entrepreneurship can be improved in India, which is in the midst of a profound transformation in the energy sector.
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UN Women will showcase its best solutions on women’s role to boost the world’s access to energy, while at the same time fighting climate change, at this year’s EXPO in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 10 June to 10 September 2017.
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There is a clear link between energy access and women’s economic empowerment and well-being
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A truly transformational agenda on climate action and sustainable development with a historic gender equality compact was achieved in 2015. Parties to the Paris Agreement committed to take decisive action to arrest global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to respect, promote and consider their obligations on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls when addressing climate change. This could and must be a departure point for ensuring that the fight against climate change must not only be about saving the one planet we have for future generations but equally about making it a Planet 50/50 for women and girls here and now and into the future.
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Following the historic Paris Agreement, as the first Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22) convenes in Marrakech from 7-18 November, the meeting provides a unique opportunity to ensure policy direction towards implementation of gender-responsive climate actions at all levels. The Paris Agreement, signed by 197 Parties (ratified by 94 to date) commits to promote gender equality obligations when addressing climate change.
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To combat the impact of climate change, the indigenous women of Laramate in Peru have turned to ancestral farming techniques with support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. In addition to healthier crops and improved incomes for the community, the programme has boosted indigenous women’s participation in public spaces and decision-making.
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A joint programme in Ethiopia brings together six UN Agencies to help women save and invest in energy-saving cooking stove technology cooperatives.
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N Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director, Yannick Glemarec undertook a three-day mission to New Delhi from 1-3 May to intensify UN Women’s joint efforts with partners in assessing women’s energy needs in India.
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Eisha Mohammed, 41, is a solar engineer working and living in Mjimwema, a remote village in southern Tanzania. She spent six months training to be a solar engineer at the Barefoot College in India, supported by UN Women and the Government of India.
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In a statement on the adoption of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of ensuring that women’s needs are taken into account and their active participation and agency isrealized in all aspects of climate policy and response.
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On 9 December, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec visited COP’s Climate Generations areas, where international and civil society organizations emphasize among the general public the commitment of all generations to local and global solutions to climate change.
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On 8 December, the UNFCCC-designated ‘Gender Day’ at COP 21, in coordination with the Government of Morocco and in the presence of Ségolène Royal, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy of France, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participated at the opening session of Gender Day at the Morocco Pavilion, entitled “Women: Active and Engaged in the Fight against Climate Change”.
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Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Charity gala for the French National Committee, 7 December 2015, Paris.
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Starting the second week at COP21, UN Women Executive Director met with civil society, indigenous and women's group representatives at the Women's Caucus meeting on Monday morning.
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Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at GLOBE International’s annual legislators’ summit dubbed “Towards Coherence and Impact” at the Assemblé Nationale of Paris, 4 December 2015.