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Global Forum on Environment: Mainstreaming Gender and Empowering Women for Environmental Sustainability



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5-6 March 2020
OECD Paris
Global Forum

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This OECD Global Forum on Environment focuses on "Mainstreaming Gender and Empowering Women for Environmental Sustainability". It will identify and propose ways to capitalise on synergies between environmental policies and economic and social goals, such as achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

It will also highlight gender specific impacts of environmental degradation and discuss how a gender lens could reduce the overall environmental footprint.

The two-day Forum will bring together policy makers and experts from OECD Member and Partner countries to share best practices and discuss policy challenges. Representatives from business, inter-governmental organisations, research centres, civil society organisations and relevant institutions are invited to join the discussions.

Session topics

This Global Forum on Environment will review selected environment-related sectors and policies through a gender and inclusiveness lens, including:

  • Environmental impacts on health and well-being
  • Infrastructure development, including transport, city and settlement design
  • Consumption patterns, circular economy and waste management
  • Biodiversity, agriculture and fisheries
  • Green energy and a “just transition”
  • Environmental justice and the empowerment of women and youth.

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss needed transformations at global, national and local levels to achieve both environmental and gender equality goals.

Agenda and meeting documents

The following Issue Notes for the different sessions will be uploaded as they become available:

  • Session 2: Issue Note - Integrating gender into environmental policies: Data and evidence challenge
  • Session 3: Issue Note - Differentiated environmental impacts on women’s and men’s health and well-being
  • Session 4: Issue Note - Sustainable and gender-inclusive urbanisation, settlements and transport infrastructure
  • Session 5: Issue Note - Gender-specific consumption patterns, behavioural insights, and circular economy
  • Session 6.1: Issue Note - Biodiversity, agriculture, fisheries: Changing economic opportunities for women and men
  • Session 6.2: Issue Note - Greening energy and ensuring a ‘just transition’ for men and women
  • Session 7: Issue Note - Environmental justice and empowering women and youth



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