Welcome to the online consultation on ensuring integration of women and LGBTI people’s needs in health and climate change action.
Climate change and environmental degradation will increasingly have serious implications for health and economic development. Evidence suggests that women and LGBTI people will face a disproportionate impact due to entrenched gender inequality, social marginalization, stigma and discrimination, and higher incidence of poverty. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fault-lines of social injustice that dramatically increase risks to health for already vulnerable groups; climate change threatens to further exacerbate these existing vulnerabilities and inequities.
Gender inequality is acknowledged as a key driver of vulnerability in the face of climate change. Likewise, full, meaningful and equal participation of women and LGBTI people in all aspects of climate policy and action is vital for achieving long-term climate goals. However, the connections between gender, health and climate change are not yet being made by decision-makers or translated into concrete measures and actions.
UNDP is mapping opportunities to facilitate greater engagement and integration of the needs of women and LGBTI people in the Asia Pacific in ways that contribute to people-focused, gender-transformative, rights-based, and equity-oriented approaches to health in the face of challenges posed by climate change, pandemics and other shocks.
We look forward to hearing from advocates and regional and national organizations working on women and girls’ rights, LGBTI inclusion, marginalized youth, indigenous people’s rights, human rights and public health in the Asia-Pacific.
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Recommendations from the consultation will be used to strengthen UNDP’s programmatic engagement on climate justice and health equity in the Asia-Pacific, with a specific focus on vulnerabilities driven by gender and sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC), and enhancing participatory approaches that engage women and LGBTI people.
- Mapping the linkages between Climate Change, Health, Gender and SOGIESC for the Asia-Pacific Region
- Climate Change, Health, and Equity: Opportunities for Action
- WHO: COP 24 Special Report, Health and Climate Change
- Writing a More Inclusive Playbook: How COVID-19 Is Impacting LGBTQ+ Communities Around the World
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- Partner: Equal Asia Foundation (CSO)