As negotiations on the new climate agreement recommence, a meeting of the Troika+ of Women Leaders on Gender and Climate Change was held in the margins of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, on Tuesday 1 December.
The meeting focused on progress to integrate gender equality and human rights into climate action.
Speaking at the meeting Mary Robinson highlighted that gender equality and human rights are mutually reinforcing provisions that will enable the fairest implementation and enhance the effectiveness of the final agreement.
In light of the Lima Work Programme on Gender Troika+ members also discussed women’s participation in climate action and in particular the participation of grassroots women in climate action at all levels. The Foundation presented its latest policy brief ‘Women’s Participation: An Enabler of Climate Justice’ which outlines how increasing women’s participation in the design, planning and implementation of climate actions can lead to improved environment and developmental outcomes for all.
Troika+ Members present at the meeting included Minister Carole Dieschbourg, Minister of Environment, Luxembourg; Minister Hakima El Haite, Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment, Morocco; Ms Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank; Minister Lenita Toivakka, Minister of Trade and Development, Finland; and Ms Dessima Williams, Former Ambassador to the United Nations, Grenada.