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COP27: The UN Climate Change Conference

The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP27) takes place from 6 to 18 November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The two-week long conference brings together world leaders, government officials, UN representatives, scientific experts, climate activists, mayors, civil society representatives and business leaders to catalyse much-needed climate action, and especially stronger commitments to financing, to deliver on the promises of the Paris Climate Agreement. COP27 is also an important opportunity to highlight Africa’s leadership in tackling climate change and its vision for a just and sustainable future that leaves no one behind.

Women and girls bear the brunt of climate change’s worst impacts, which are already reversing gains in gender equality around the world. They face greater obstacles to climate adaptation, disproportionate economic repercussions, increased unpaid care and domestic work, and heightened risk of violence due to the compounding impacts of the climate crisis.

UN Women is working to ensure women’s and girls’ voices and perspectives are integrated across all UNFCCC workstreams and processes at COP27. We are urging all countries to rapidly scale up implementation of all commitments on gender equality and climate and increase their investments in gender-responsive climate action that prioritizes care for people and the planet.

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous and Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia will be attending COP27 together with Susanne Mikhail, UN Women Regional Director for the Arab StatesChristine Arab, UN Women Country Representative in Egypt, and our COP27 team. They will be engaging with the formal session and in events throughout COP 27 with special focus on the events on Gender Day, which will take place on 14 November 2022. UN Women events include the following:

  1. Gender Lens Investing for Caribbean Resilience, 10 November 2022 at 02:00 - 3:30 pm Cairo Time. 
  2. Call to Action - Addressing Climate Change in the Arab States through Surging Women’s Employment in the Green Economy, 11 November 2022 at 01:00 - 02:00 pm Cairo Time.
  3. Disability inclusive actions for a greener future, 12 November 2022 at 05:00-06:00 pm Cairo Time.
  4. High-level Opening Panel: Voices of Women Leaders in Climate Debates, Policies, Implementation and Beyond, 14 November 2022 at 10:30-11:30 am Cairo Time.
  5. Climate Justice Panel: Unequal Impact of Geography and Gender on People, 14 November 2022 at 11.40 am - 12.40 pm Cairo Time.
  6. COVID-19 & Climate Change: Women at the Centre of Planning & Response, 14 November 2022 at 03:00-04:00 pm Cairo Time.
  7. Nordic Council of Ministers/African Union/UN Women: Nordic and African Leaders – Why Gender is Key to the Green Transition, 15 November 2022 at 01:15 -02:45 pm Cairo Time.
  8. Tackling the Triple Planetary Crisis by Promoting a Gender-Transformative Just Transition, 16 November 2022 at 04.45-06.15 pm Cairo Time.