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Women at COP25: Gender Day

COP25, the UN Climate Change Conference, is being held in Madrid, Spain, to delliberate on the environmental crisis we are facing. 

Carolina Schmidtz, new President of COP25.

Carolina Schmidtz, new President of COP25. / Photo: instagram.com/cop25cl

The Woman Post Luisa Fernanda Báez Toro

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From December 2nd to December 10th, COP25 will gather world leaders in order to discuss what needs to be done to accomplish the goals created at the 2015 Paris Agreement, in which all countries agreed to limit global warming to 1.5°C and boost climate action financing according to the UN. 

On 2020, nations must create new climate action plans, so this conference will settle the goals and will focus on the importance of financing climate action worldwide and create a plan that helps nations achieve the three goals of the Paris Summit:

1. Reduce emissions 45 per cent by 2030

2. Achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2050

3. Stabilizing global temperature rise at 1.5°C by the end of the century.

This year COP25 has dedicated a day of their agenda to women. Gender Day, as they called it, will take place on December 10th and aims to recognize and celebrate gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in climate policy and action.

As read on UN, the programme includes a technical workshop which will focus on sharing recommendations and country for development and implementation of gender-responsive Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs).

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It will also showcase the four winning projects of the “2019 UN Global Climate Action Awards under the Women for Results”, higlighting the importance of women's participation when it comes to tackling climate change and how to promote and create a gender responsive climate policy. 

The event will count with the presence of women leader in one of the sections, which aims to promote higher levels of ambition through leadership and share experiences and lessons on the importance of integrating gender in climate change and biodiversity policy.

Women leading COP25

As read on Sify News, COP25 will count with the presence of three important women that will help lead the world to new climate plans: Teresa Ribera, Sanish Minister for Ecological Transition, Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt and Patricia Espinosa, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary. 

"This year, we have seen accelerating climate change impacts, including increased droughts, storms and heat waves, with dire consequences for poverty eradication, human health, migration and inequality," said Patricia Espinosa in a UN press release. 

She added that the world`s window opportunity to address climate change is closing rapidly and multilateral cooperation is very needed to put the world on a “transformational path towards low carbon and resilience”.

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Carolina Schmidt, president of the COP25 recognized the importance of multilatural work when it comes to facing a common problem: the climate crisis. "I want to thank Teresa, and through her all of the government for their enormous support and generosity in hosting the COP25, which Chile presides. This is the best possible example of multilateral work and fraternity in the face of a common problem: the climate crisis”, she said. 

"We have to change course. Countries must work together and commit to more ambitious goals that will allow us to bridge the gap between current commitments and those needed to avoid the rise of temperatures above 1.5 degrees Celsius as the science dictates," she added.

 

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