Following up on my post from December 3rd, the advance unedited version of the draft decision on the Lima work programme on gender has been released. The decision varies considerably from the conference room paper presented by Malawi at the first session on gender at COP20, but it still includes the same underlying value that women and gender incorporated into the UNFCCC. Among other provisions, the decision “Encourages Parties to support (a) training and awareness-raising for female and male delegates on issues related to gender balance and climate change, and (b) building the skills and capacity of their female delegates to effectively participate in UNFCCC meetings via training on, inter alia, negotiation skills, drafting of legal language and strategic communication; . . . Decides to clarify the meaning of the term “gender-responsive climate policy” from an implementation perspective and improve the development and effective implementation of gender-responsive climate policy; . . .[and] Requests the Executive Secretary to appoint a senior gender focal point, who is an expert in this subject matter, to develop and ensure the implementation of, within existing resources, an action plan for the two-year work programme on gender and climate change.”
As Mary Robinson said “No society can develop – economically, politically or socially – when half of its population is marginalised.” Hopefully this decision will lead to furthering the participation of women in the UNFCCC and in sustainable development policies generally.