FINAL Report – CSW56 Learning Circle: Gender & Climate

March 5, 2012
CSW56 Learning Circle: Gender and Climate Change

12:30-2pm at the Church Center, 2nd floor
777 UN Plaza (44th Street & 1st Ave.)
Below please find brief highlights of the GGCA / NGO CSW NY Learning Circle on Gender and Climate Change.
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150 participants joined in the Learning Circles on Gender and Climate.

Eleanor Blomstrom, WEDO presented the fundamentals of gender and climate - highlighting that "we are working towards a paradigm shift in recognizing the leadership of women in responding to the climate crisis."

Participants discuss climate finance in a learning circle lead by Sarah Twigg, UN Women.

Dr. Loy Rego, UNISDR, leads the Learning Circle on risk reduction.

Lucy Wanjiru, UNDP, leads the Learning Circle on adaptation.

Maite Rodriquez, Huairou Commission, shares highlights from the Learning Circle on Grassroots Community Strategies.

Mrs. Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, calls on the energy of Archbishop Tutu to celebrate the strength and commitment of women leading the charge on climate change and gender.

Hon. Xingwana, Minister of Women, Children & People with Disabilities for South Africa - calls for implementation of the gender provisions secured at COP17 in Durban, South Africa.  Hon. Xingwana also reports that women make up 44% of ministers in South Africa!

March 5, 2012
CSW56 Learning Circle: Gender and Climate Change
12:30-2pm at the Church Center, 2nd floor
777 UN Plaza (44th Street & 1st Ave.)

The Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and NGO CSW Forum co-convened this learning circle as an introduction to key gender and climate issues, building on the CSW56 theme of rural women.  Specifically, this event sought to introduce CSW56 delegates not necessarily familiar with gender and climate issues to its various dimensions, in order to increase appreciation of the important leadership role of women (in particular rural women) in developing and implementing effective climate policy.

We opened the Learning Circle with an introduction providing delegates a basic orientation to the key gender and climate issues and areas for engagement.   Resource experts then led learning circle sessions focusing on climate finance, disaster risk reduction, mitigation, adaptation, grassroots community strategies, nutrition and health, and advocacy.

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PROGRAMME - CSW56 Learning Circle: Gender and Climate Change
co-sponsored by the GGCA and the NGO CSW Forum 2012 
Special Guest respondents include Mrs. Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and Hon.Lulu Xingwana, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, South Africa.
WELCOME – Soon-Young Yoon, Chair, NGO CSW NY
OVERVIEW of Learning Circles – Nathalie Eddy, Coordinator, GGCA
INTRODUCTION to Gender and Climate Change – Eleanor Blomstrom, WEDO
Learning Circle topics: (participants may join two learning circles)

Mitigation (facilitated by Gail Karlsson, ENERGIA and Asha Singh, WOCAN)
Adaptation (facilitated by Lucy Wanjiru, UNDP)
Advocacy (facilitated by Rachel Harris, WEDO)
Finance (facilitated by Sarah Twigg, UN Women)
Risk reduction (facilitated by Loy Rego, UNISDR)
Grassroots community strategies (facilitated by Maite Rodriquez, Huairou Commission)
Health and food and nutrition security (facilitated by Cristina Tirado, Public Health Institute)

Discussion and respondents