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WOCAN COP21 Side Event: Gender and Climate Finance

Monday, December 7, 2015 -
7:00am to 8:30am

(Europe/Paris)

Gender and Climate Finance
COP21 side event

Monday, December 7th, 10:00-11:30, 
IUCN Pavilion- Blue Zone

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are pathways to achieving greater progress in better development outcomes, including reducing greenhouse gases and building resilience for climate change impacts.

  
Climate finance is a critical element of the climate agreement, but which climate finance mechanisms exist that are ‘truly’ gender-responsive and inclusive for women in their design, governance and implementation? Can the progressive gender policy of the Green Climate Fund be realized and inspire other investors to use innovative policies, approaches and tools to achieve similar goals? How can investors be confident that their funds are contributing to changes in the conditions and positions of women and gender equality?

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) hosts this side-event to highlight innovative approaches to gender-responsive climate-finance. Speakers will present approaches and tools they are using to shape a more inclusive climate change financing environment that benefits women and gender equality.

Objectives

  • Share perspectives of investors on the benefits of investing in gender equality and women’s empowerment and their approaches to do so
  • Highlight gender policies and mechanisms of the Green Climate Fund
  • Share a tool to measure outcomes of investments that benefit women (W+ Standard)

Moderator:  Jeannette Gurung, WOCAN

Discussants

Jacob Waslander             Green Climate Fund Board member, Climate and Energy Division,

                                           Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands 

Bernard Giraud               The Livelihoods Fund, France

Maria Lee                         WOCAN W+ Standard

Raju Laudari                   Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Nepal

Lorena Aquilar                IUCN, USA

Liane Schalatek               Heinrich Boll Stiftung North America

 

Key Contacts:  Jeannette Gurung (jeannettegurung@wocan.org)   Maria Lee (maria.lee@wocan.org)