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Global Forum on Environment: Mainstreaming Gender and Empowering Women for Environmental Sustainability ( 5-6 March 2020) Paris, OECD

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.

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.

25 years from the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and 10 years before the date set for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, gender inequalities persist throughout the world. They are often at the root of women’s different exposure to natural hazards and environmental degradation, or result in lost economic and education opportunities and reduced well-being. A gender perspective is often missing in environment-related sectors and policies, despite women’s and men’s different relationship with the environment and environmental risks in most of countries and cultures. This OECD 2020 Global Forum on Environment will discuss needed transformations to achieve both environmental and gender equality goals. Check out the OECD on gender equality resources .

From The Agenda,

  • Session 2 -Integrating gender into environmental policies: Data and evidence challenge

The session will identify available evidence and data gaps on the gender-specific impacts of environmental degradation, pollution and natural hazards, and differences in exposure by gender. It will present examples of gender-disaggregated data collection; and discuss ideas for completing the range of existing SDG indicators linking gender and environmental goals

  • Session 3: Differentiated environmental impacts on women’s and men’s health and well-being

This session will focus on the importance of considering gender when evaluating the health impacts of environmental pollution and chemical exposure and identify gap areas where further work could be carried out by governments, also considering the role of the private sector.

  • Session 4. Sustainable and gender-inclusive urbanisation, settlements and transport infrastructure

This session will identify challenges, lessons learned and good practices to make urban and settlement planning and transport infrastructure more gender conscious, and will highlight how a gender lens could reduce the overall environmental footprint of infrastructure.

  • Session 5: Gender-specific consumption patterns, behavioural insights, and circular economy

This session will engage in a discussion between policy makers, behavioural scientists, business and civil society to identify ethical and effective mechanisms to deliver lasting change in consumer patterns and waste management practices to promote sustainability and well-being. It will also present initiatives that have brought about better solutions in water, sanitation and waste management via women’s greater engagement.

  • Session 6: Economic opportunities for women in greener economies (parallel session)

This session will review evidence and examples of the inter-relation between women’s economic empowerment and biodiversity, including policy tools that could be used to support both gender equality and biodiversity restoration. It will also identify challenges and good practices on how gender roles and occupational activities couldbe leveraged for a better management of land and marine resources.

  • Parallel Session 6.2:Greening energy and ensuring a ‘just transition’ for men and women

This session will touch upon the detrimental effects of energy poverty on women, and present the opportunities and challenges arising from the transition to cleaner energy and a low-carbon economy. Special focus will be given in empowering women and engaging them in high-level decision-making roles

  • Session 7: Environmental justice and empowering women and youth

This session will highlight how engagement with women and youth advocacy groups may improve environmental policy-making and governance, and enhance environmental justice for all...see more details and the presenters here

For more information, please contact  

  • Ms. sigita.strumskyte [at] oecd.org (Sigita Strumskyte), Coordinator for Gender and SDGs
  • Ms. eija.kiiskinen [at] oecd.org (Eija Kiiskinen), Global Relations Coordinator
  • Join the conversation on Twitter: @OECD_ENV

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