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I am Generation Equality: Natalie Isaacs, climate action warrior

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. Natalie Isaacs is the founder and CEO of 1 Million Women, a global movement of women and girls who take practical action to fight climate change by changing the way they live.

Editorial spotlight: Climate action with women

Friday, September 13, 2019

As the United Nations prepares for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, the world we live in continues to be devastated by catastrophic storms, severe water crisis, drought, and record levels of emissions. Promoting women’s leadership in climate action is at the heart of UN Women’s efforts around the world.

In the Bolivian Amazon, women are protecting the forest and empowering themselves

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

While parts of the Amazon are in flames across Brazil and eastern Bolivia—from fires largely caused by burning to clear arable land—communities in northern Bolivia are protecting their forests through a series of economic empowerment projects.

Ask a climate activist: Why is it important to engage women in promoting biodiversity and sustainable waste management in the Caribbean?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Ruth Spencer, GEF/SGP National Coordinator from Antigua connects with people everywhere she goes—in the market, in church, at the parking lot or in the halls of the United Nations. She builds networks and capacity of local community groups through education, training, resource mobilization and partnership-building, especially for climate action. Recently, she has set up a network of local groups and individuals in the island of Antigua and Barbados to promote sustainable waste management. As a participant in a workshop on gender-responsive global biodiversity framework, she spoke to UN Women about women’s conservation efforts.

In rural Cambodia, biogas helps offset the effects of climate change

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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.

In the words of Mereng Bessela: “I am a fighter and I do everything I need to”

Monday, January 21, 2019

Mereng Alima Bessela, age 50, is a successful entrepreneur from Ntui, in the Central Region of Cameroon. She is a cocoa farmer, which is traditionally farmed by men, has her own restaurant business and a fish farm. Like thousands of women in the region, Madame Bessala has no lack of acumen, but needs access to skills, markets and finance.

Take five: UN Women at the global climate conference, COP 24

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Verona Collantes is an Intergovernmental Specialist with UN Women and the focal point for the three Rio Conventions – climate change, desertification and biodiversity. She works with governments, UN entities and other non-government partners to ensure that intergovernmental processes and their outcomes incorporate a gender perspective. Dedicated to improving women’s participation in global processes, Ms. Collantes works to ensure that women, including grassroots, indigenous and young women are represented in intergovernmental fora.

Press release: UN Initiative to boost resilience of women and youth in the Sahel through climate-smart agriculture launched at One Planet Summit

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A new United Nations initiative, aimed at building the resilience of a million women and youth in the Sahel to climate impacts through smart agriculture, was launched today at the One Planet Summit. The launch coincides with a gathering of world leaders in the French capital to mark the anniversary of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Take five: On the front line of disasters, women are more at risk and less heard

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nguyen Ngoc Ly is the founder and director of Center for Environment and Community Research, an organization in Hanoi, Viet Nam, advocating for participatory and inclusive environmental governance and climate change action. She is part of the Climate Change Working Group that UN Women works with to expand women’s leadership and participation in climate change action and disaster risk reduction. Ms. Ly will be speaking at a side event on “Addressing the Gender Inequality of Risk towards Ensuring More Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate” co-organized by UN Women at COP22 on 15 November.

From where I stand: Lorraine Kakaza

Monday, July 18, 2016

Lorraine Kakaza is a community monitor volunteer from South Africa who uses podcasts to explain how unsafe water impacts women in her community.

From where I stand: Souhad Azennoud

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ahead of World Environment Day on 5 June, we highlight Souhad Azennoud, who is one of more than 200 women to benefit from a project supporting female seed merchants for sustainable development in Morocco.

At COP 21, Yannick Glemarec engages with broad range of partners

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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.

New flagship programme on energy launched at COP 21

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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”.

“This agreement must make sure that the women have a better deal”—Executive Director at COP 21

Monday, December 7, 2015

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Charity gala for the French National Committee, 7 December 2015, Paris.

Executive Director attends COP21 Women’s Caucus

Monday, December 7, 2015

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.

In Paris, Lakshmi Puri stresses women’s role in climate action and decision-making

Friday, December 4, 2015

On 4 December, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri participated in Globe International annual legislators’ summit in its opening session at the Assemblé Nationale of Paris. 

“Women and girls are essential climate actors” —Lakshmi Puri in Paris

Friday, December 4, 2015

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. 

Media advisory: UN Women at COP 21: Gender equality and women’s empowerment in the context of climate change

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Along with other events, on 8 December, the designated Gender Day at COP 21, the Government of Morocco will host a series of events under the headline: “Women: Active and Engaged in the Fight against Climate Change” at the Morocco Pavilion. The events aim to send a forward-looking message to COP 22, discussing the promotion of women entrepreneurs to accelerate sustainable energy access, women’s empowerment through climate-resilient agriculture, and women’s engagement in the climate-change negotiations.

“We can no longer afford to dismiss and waste the potential of women’s agency” — Lakshmi Puri speaks on women and climate action

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “Gender at the Heart of Climate Action” event on 2 December.

Q&A: "Women's voices and the challenges they address must be key components of the adaptive responsive to a changing climate" —ecological expert

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Brahim Jaafar, who holds a doctorate in ecology, is currently the national coordinator of UNDP's territorial development programme in the Tafilalet region and the Director of Territorial Planning in Morocco. He speaks to UN Women about the importance of addressing climate change from a gender perspective.

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