UNESCO is organizing, in collaboration with partners FAO, GGCA, IUCN, UNDP, UNEP and WMO, a forum on Gender and Climate Change to inform participants at the largest gathering of scientists interested in climate change prior to UNFCCC’s COP 15.
In order to be effective and meaningful, a new framework for climate services needs to be closely linked to the needs and expectations of communities and societies at every level. This implies the need to understand the gender dimensions of climate change. The Forum will explore linkages between gender and climate issues, particularly in relation to the role of women as effective agents of change, and enhancing women’s capacities to address climate change.
World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) follows the first two World Climate Conferences; WCC-1 led to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the World Climate Programme and the World Climate Research Programme, while WCC-2 led to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Global Climate Observing System. UNESCO is invloved in all of these. WCC-3 is expected to lead to an international framework facilitating efforts to reduce the risks and realize the benefits associated with current and future climate conditions by incorporating climate prediction and information services into decision-making.
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