Gender, climate change linked together in Danish torch ceremony

01 Sep 2009

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark received a MDG3 Torch from Danish Minister of Development Cooperation Ulla Toernaes. (photo: UNDP)
Women suffer the most from consequences of climate change. Gender issues must be considered as we react to climate changes. Today UNDP Administrator Helen Clark made a commitment to focus on gender and climate change as she received a MDG3 Torch from Danish Minister of Development Cooperation Ulla Toernaes.

“Gender and climate changes are closely interlinked. One example being women facing greater challenges collecting water at wells as climate changes cause more severe droughts. Women and girls play a significant role in agriculture in many developing countries – agriculture being one of those areas likely to be affected the most by climate changes according to UN. An agreement on climate changes should recognize women’s position and special needs. For that I am very delighted that Helen Clark today as she received the Torch accepted to focus on gender and climate,” says Ulla Toernaes.

Receiving the MDG3 Torch Helen Clark committed UNDP to advocate for women with regard to climate change and to raise their voices in the negotiations leading up to COP15 to secure that women’s needs and perspectives are to be taken into consideration as well.

“Today I accepted commitments to focus on gender issues in negotiations prior to COP15. Together with partners in UNEP, IUCN, and WEDO, we in the UNDP will support delegates from the developing countries on gender issues and climate change. In UNDP we will also support female environment ministers taking the lead on a wide range of activities. UNDP will also continue its efforts to secure equal economic possibilities for men and women in the world’s poorest countries,” UNDP Helen Clark said.