COP24: Climate Change is a Gender Issue

Women are bearing the consequences of climate change without having the opportunity of shaping the measures to combat it
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(PANOS / OECS Media Release) The OECS Commission, OECS climate change representatives and PANOS Caribbean are participating in COP24 – the global climate conference being held at Katowice, Poland, to advance the position of its Small Island Developing States in the global fight against climate change.

About 20 000 people from 190 countries will take part in the event, including politicians, representatives of non-governmental organisations, scientific community and business sector.

This year’s summit will include: 24 Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), 14 Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 14) and the Conference of Signatories to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1).

It is “Gender Day” at COP24, the global climate conference, and on this occasion Panos Caribbean is releasing a video to highlight the gender dimensions of the climate-change crisis and the role that women play, at all levels, to respond to this situation.

Directed and produced by Jamaican Esther Figueroa, this documentary features four leading Caribbean professionals and activists who share their views and their experiences, including Grenada’s former Ambassador Dessima Williams, who chaired the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) between 2009 and 2011, and who reminds us that “women, when they emerge as decision-makers, make a marked, step-change contribution to decisions that affect people”.

Read more at: Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

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