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UN climate summit in Bonn: gender perspective as a contributing factor for a just climate protection policy

In the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, gender issues have become increasingly important in recent years. It has long since become clear that men and women not only contribute differently to climate change, they are also affected to varying degrees by its consequences. A side event to the UN World Climate Change Summit in Bonn on November 16 in which ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research participated was highlighting the correlations between the gender perspective and international and national climate protection policies.


Climate change is largely man-made. But who is causing it and to what extent depends on a variety of factors like for instance, age, income, social status or geographical origin. Here, we have a sharp contrast between the countries of the global North and South. Gender also has an impact when it comes to climate change: generally, women and men consume different amounts of resources and are causing different carbon footprints Furthermore, their needs, knowledge and experiences vary, a fact which has to be taken into account when dealing with climate change.

These gender-specific dimensions regarding the causes, impacts and adaptation to climate change have not yet been investigated for the industrialized countries. However, knowledge about these correlations is important if we want to increase the effectiveness of climate policy measures and at the same time ensure greater gender equality.

Relevance of gender relations for effective climate policy measures

The research project of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) on "Gender equity as a contribution to successful climate policy" is currently investigating how gender equality can be better incorporated in national climate policies. This applies both to policies aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to climate change adaptation measures. At a side event held during the World Climate Summit in Bonn, Diana Hummel from ISOE presented the first results of the UBA research project.

The side event titled "Giving Voice, Assessing Impacts. Dealing with climate change in the Global North and South from gender perspectives" was organized by the Federal Environment Agency and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It took place on November 16 in the German Pavilion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn. The aim of the side event was to provide a comprehensive outline of the correlations between gender equality and climate protection policies and to emphasize their importance. The event also provided insights into the effects of climate change from the perspective of women in northern India and Laos.

More about the UBA project:

Giving Voice, Assessing Impacts. Dealing with climate change in the Global North and South from gender perspectives
16.11.2017, 16:30–18:00
German Pavilion, Bonn Zone
Side event program at the German Pavilion



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