Integrating gender equality into climate change action


March 2016 - In recent year, progress has been made in recognising the gendered impacts of climate change and women’s key contribution to developing effective and locally appropriate climate solutions. The landmark Paris Agreement adopted at COP21 marks another important step forward by providing a mandate for advancing the integration of gender equality into adaptation measures and capacity-building activities. Yet, the real litmus test will lie in how political commitments translate into progress on the ground.

An important entry point is to ensure that climate financing instruments are responsive to women’s needs and priorities. In 2013, only 29% of DAC members’ bilateral aid to climate change was gender-responsive – which shows that the vast majority of ODA to climate change still fails to take into account women’s needs and interests. This represented only 6.9 billion out of the USD 23.7 billion of total bilateral ODA provided by members of the OECD-DAC to address climate change in 2013. Scaling-up gender-responsive climate finance and making climate financing instruments responsive to women’s needs are interests should be a key priority going forward in order to achieve sustainable development for all.


Further reading

Making climate finance work for women: Overview of bilateral ODA to gender and climate change, OECD-DAC Network on Gender Equality (2015)





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