Gender and Climate Change

Gender and Climate Change

Climate change threatens to erode human freedoms and limit choice, and gender inequality intersects with climate risks and vulnerabilities. Women in developing countries have limited access to resources; restricted rights, limited mobility and a muted voice in shaping decisions make them highly vulnerable to climate change. The nature of that vulnerability varies widely, but climate change will magnify existing patterns of inequality, including gender inequality. Women play an important role in supporting households and communities to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Across the developing world, women's leadership in natural resource management is well recognized. For centuries, women have passed on their skills in water management, forest management and the management of biodiversity, among others. Through these experiences, women have acquired valuable knowledge that will allow them to contribute positively to the identification of appropriate adaptation and mitigation techniques, if only they are given the opportunity.

Related Publications and Resources

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  • Nov 1, 20112011 Annual Review of UNDP portfolio financed by GEF Chemicals Focal AreaThis report assesses the performance in 2010-2011 of the portfolio of UNDP projects funded through GEF focal areas on chemicals. The report documents results, impact, lessons, and experiences emerging from the portfolio.

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  • 2015 UNDP-GEF Annual Performance ReportMay 31, 20162015 UNDP-GEF Annual Performance ReportThis performance report UNDP-GEF Unit provides a) a snapshot of progress made toward development and environment benefits by projects in each region in 2015; b) highlights progress made in addressing women, work and the environment and c)demonstrates the services UNDP provides to the vertical funds that it is accredited to, in particular the Global Environment Facility.

Programmes and initiatives

Gender and Environment and Energy: Sixty percent of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people are women who are dependent on their natural environment to earn a living and feed their families.