UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will co-host the Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action.
Current and former women heads of state and government, ministers, leaders from grassroots, youth and indigenous organisations, civil society, the private sector and the scientific community, and the UN System will come together to demonstrate women’s leadership on climate action and highlight gender-responsive actions at all levels.
The Forum takes place a day in advance of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Summit aimed at mobilising action by governments, business, finance, and civil society in areas that will enable the world to shift towards a low-carbon economy. It has been welcomed by the Secretary-General’s office as an important contribution to the objectives of the Summit.
The Forum will also be an important contribution to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing+20). The Beijing+20 review is a critical opportunity to position gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment at the center of the discussions on climate change and sustainable development in the post-2015 development agenda and the elaboration of Sustainable Development Goals.