Special News Bulletin | 08 November 2022
Enhancing rights-based and gender-responsive climate policy:

Advancing gender and the environment at UNFCCC COP 27
At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 27th Conference of Parties (COP 27) hosted from 06-18 November in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, AGENT and its Gender-Based Violence and Environment Linkages Center (GBV-ENV Center) is collaborating with partners to highlight entry points relating to the need to include gender safety within gender-responsive climate actions:

NEW RELEASE! Policymaker’s brief:
Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls in the Context of Climate Crisis and Environmental Degradation
In March, the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) convened Member States and key stakeholders to agree on a set of recommendations on gender and climate change, which includes groundbreaking policy recognition of GBV and climate change linkages. See this brief for an overview of agreed language from CSW66 outcomes and how national governments, environmental funds and initiatives are already mobilizing recognition and action across the globe.
Save the date!
AGENT at COP 27 side events:
Rising to the challenge: 
Driving gender-responsive and inclusive climate actions 

9:30 – 11:00 AM
November 14, 2022
(breakfast provided)
Global Environment Facility Pavilion
Co-hosts: IUCN, GEF, UNCCD, Binghamton University, 1 Million Women
This side event will spotlight progress by global partners across conventions, civil society, and Indigenous women’s leadership towards reducing gender inequality in relation to: socioeconomic inequality and poverty in the context of exclusionary growth; patriarchal, discriminatory, and violent cultural patterns; the sexual division of labor and the unfair social organization of care; and the concentration of power and hierarchical relations in the public sphere.
Our Climate Future is Female: 
A Progress Report on Implementing U.S. Efforts to Advance Women and Girls’ Climate Action 

1:30 – 2:30 PM
November 14, 2022
U.S. Center Pavilion
Host: The U.S. Department of State (DOS) & the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
At COP26, the United States announced a renewed whole-of-government commitment to promoting gender equity in mitigating and responding to climate change, underscored by the associated climate strategic priority in the U.S. National Gender Strategy. In this session at COP27, local climate leaders and key U.S. Government partners will report on progress in this area – including through an AGENT-supported process to develop a national Climate Change Gender Action Plan in Guatemala – and discuss a vision for the future of sustainable, local, and gender-responsive climate action.
Indigenous Women’s Insights:
Stewarding the Earth

A global campaign highlighting the voices and leadership of Indigenous women and girls in environmental and climate action
At COP27, AGENT will be working with partners to provide technical and mentorship support to next-generation Indigenous women leaders building a profile in international climate policy on behalf of their organizations and communities:
Meet the cohort
Emerging leader: 
Sara Bo
Tikonel, Guatemala
Emerging leader: 
Neema Lekule
UCRT, Tanzania
Emerging youth leader: 
Aisatou Musa
Afkanerd Tech, Cameroon
Meet the mentors
Lola Cabnal
Director of Environmental Advocacy, Ak’Tenamit
Lucy Mulenkei
Executive Director, 
Indigenous Information Network
These women represent the voices of the global IUCN campaign on Indigenous Women’s Insights – Stewarding the Earth, which will use events, storytelling, and skills-building events to promote the importance of Indigenous women and girls in environmental action – seeking to inspire Indigenous girls and emerging women leaders from around the world – and building global support for them.
Learn. Act. Create change.
The GBV and Environment Linkages Center is hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) under its Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) partnership with USAID. It works to close the knowledge gap on GBV-environment issues while mobilizing learning and forging collaborative action towards ending GBV and securing environmental sustainability.
Filling information gaps.
Making the case.
Tailored technical support.
Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) is a collaboration between the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase the effectiveness of environment programming through the robust integration of gender considerations, while improving gender equality and women’s empowerment outcomes.
The information provided in this email is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.