United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Major Group: Women

Women?s input on climate change
On behalf of Women as a Major Group we are pleased to note that paragraph
28 of the Secretary General?s Report specifically recognizes women?s
vulnerability. We also thank the representatives of Mexico, the Solomon
Islands and South Africa for acknowledging the disproportionate effects that
climate change will have on women.
We therefore call upon governments and institutions to implement measures
that will address the vulnerability of women, and men, by conducting gender
impact analyses and vulnerability assessments. These approaches can
identify gender specific needs with regard to protection from floods, droughts
and other climate-related disasters, and adaptation measures to ensure
sustainable livelihoods. Information is also needed in connection with gender
roles in management of natural resources.
We support the statement made yesterday by the representative of Ghana
and reinforce their call for governments and institutions to involve women in
all climate change mitigation and adaptation decision making processes and
take particular advantage of their skills in natural resource management.
Women and local communities must be involved in the development of
policies for all sectors affected by climate change, including the choice of
technology options for adaptation to climate change and the development of
Disaster Risk Reduction activities and the establishment of early warning
systems to reduce vulnerabilities.
Governments and Major Groups should work more closely with women?s
organizations to improve women?s access to and control of natural resources,
without which they would be less able to cope to the impacts of climate
Developed countries should channel additional resources to ODA to build
adaptive capacity and resilience by vulnerable countries as well as support
them to engage in a cleaner energy development path.
Governments should fully comply with their commitments to the UNFCCC and
the Kyoto Protocol. Developed countries are the major source of greenhouse
emissions and therefore should take their responsibility for the injustice that
climate change imposes on the poor. We call upon the North to change its
energy production and consumption patterns, towards the promotion of
increased access to affordable energy alternatives including clean energy
saving technologies.