February 23, 2024

COP28 unveils gender-responsive just transition and climate action partnership

68 countries endorse the initiative at Dubai meeting

Ministers and senior officials attending COP28 in Dubai have engaged in discussions facilitated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to ensure a gender-responsive transition to bolster the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Led by UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, Razan Al Mubarak, the culmination of these high-level dialogues held during COP28’s Gender Equality Day has resulted in the unveiling of the COP28 Gender-Responsive Just Transitions & Climate Action Partnership by the COP28 Presidency.

Sixty-eight countries have endorsed the initiative. The partnership comprises a comprehensive set of commitments, spanning actions related to data, finance, and equal opportunities. A second convening during COP31 is slated to review the progress of the implementation.

ILO warning

Highlighting the urgency of the matter, the International Labour Organization (ILO) emphasises that 1.2 billion jobs, equivalent to 40% of the global labour force, are at risk due to the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation.

With their high representation in climate-sensitive sectors, women are anticipated to endure most of these challenges.

Recognising the transformative nature of the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy, ministers and high-level officials have collectively endorsed commitments to support women’s economic empowerment. These measures aim to safeguard women’s livelihoods during this transition, acknowledging the potential for eliminating and transforming jobs.

In a statement, Razan Al Mubarak underscored the gendered impact of climate change, emphasising that it disproportionately affects women and girls.

She stressed the need to reform the global financial system and ensure equitable finance distribution to regions and populations most in need. Al Mubarak also emphasised the imperative of investing in women’s economic empowerment to avoid leaving anyone behind.

Follow-up action

The newly announced partnership builds upon the goals outlined in the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan.

The COP28 Gender-Responsive Just Transitions & Climate Action Partnership revolves around three pillars: enhancing data quality for decision-making in transition planning, ensuring more effective finance flows to regions most impacted by climate change, and providing education, skills, and capacity building to support individual engagement in transitions.

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous stressed the centrality of women’s rights in climate action, calling for their active participation in decision-making processes. She emphasised the importance of inclusive decision-making to amplify the voices of feminists, youth, indigenous communities, and grassroots movements at both local and global levels.

With predictions indicating that climate change could push up to 158 million more women and girls into poverty globally by mid-century, it is crucial to address the existing gender data gap.

This step is deemed essential for understanding the specific impacts of climate change on women and tailoring climate finance to meet their needs, especially in vulnerable regions.

The 68 countries that have endorsed the new COP28 Gender-Responsive Just Transitions & Climate Action Partnership are:

1. Albania

2. Andorra

3. Antigua and Barbuda

4. Armenia

5. Austria

6. Australia

7. Azerbaijan

8. Bangladesh

9. Belgium

10. Burkina Faso

11. Canada

12. Chile

13. China

14. Chad

15. Colombia

16. Comoros

17. Costa Rica

18. Cote d’Ivoire

19. Cyprus

20. Denmark

21. DRC

22. Dominican Republic

23. Finland

24. Fiji

25. France

26. Germany

27. Guatemala

28. Hungary

29. Ireland

30. Israel

31. Jordan

32. Kiribati

33. Kyrgyzstan

34. Latvia

35. Lebanon

36. Lesotho

37. Mali

38. Mexico

39. Micronesia

40. Moldova

41. Monaco

42. Mongolia

43. Morocco

44. Netherlands

45. Nicaragua

46. Nigeria

47. Norway

48. Pakistan

49. Palau

50. Paraguay

51. Peru

52. Poland

53. Portugal

54. Rwanda

55. Serbia

56. Seychelles

57. Sierra Leone

58. Slovenia

59. Sri Lanka

60. Spain

61. Sweden

62. Tuvalu

63. UAE

64. Ukraine

65. United Kingdom

66. United States

67. Uruguay

68. Venezuela

Featured image: Climate change could push 158 million more women and girls into poverty globally by mid-century. Image: Deepak Kumar

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto

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