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WECF representative Marine Franck at Bangkok Climate pre-negotiations for UNFCCC COP17

WECF's Marine Frank is in Bangkok as interim focal point for session for the women and gender constituency, together with partners from WEDO, Gendercc, APWLD and others

07.04.2011 |Sabine Bock

WECF is co-chairing the Women and Gender Constituency for UNFCCC. WECF's Marine Frank is in Bangkok currently the interim focal point for this session for the women and gender constituency. Together with partners from WEDO, Gendercc, APWLD and others she has prepared several interventions, including this one for the opening session of the strand on the Kyoto Protocol.

Thank you Chair.
Distinguished delegates,
We call for a concrete improvement of gender considerations within the AWG KP process through the establishment of an advanced differentiated database to demonstrate empirically the differences between men and women regarding climate change.

Currently, data and existing research do not recognize the gender aspect of climate change or focus on women as a group particularly vulnerable to climate change. This is important as women contribute to climate change - but women emit carbon in quite different amount and for quite different purposes than men do, both in developing as in industrialized countries. In many cases womenís carbon footprints are smaller than menís, as is demonstrated most clearly in the transport sector. Women manage vital resources and are responsible for a great number of consumer-choices, which makes them essential agents of change in climate strategies.

The implementation of a comprehensive bottom-up approach, from local to international, would also require that policymakers are properly trained on the links between gender, vulnerability and solutions for climate change such as decentralized energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.

A next step to take is to assure that women represent 50% in all assessment committees and boards of funding mechanisms. For example, we see the need for independent risk assessment committees to assess and monitor new and existing technologies prior to technology transfer and wide-spread use Ė e.g. for geo-engineering, CCS and nuclear. Polls show that women assess risks differently than men, therefore gender balance in such committees is essential.   

 Thank you

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