STIMSON CENTER: The Climate Crisis and Gender: Regional, National and Local Approaches

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Immediately following COP28, an international panel of experts will discuss the outcomes of the conference as they pertain to the climate-gender nexus. The discussion will explore the actions needed to strengthen approaches and address the gendered dimensions and impact of climate insecurity.


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In October this year, the U.S. government released its Women, Peace and Security Strategy and National Action Plan recognizing the importance of ‘elevating women as leaders in climate risk mitigation, adaptation and response’. In addition to national action plans, feminist foreign policies and gender-responsive approaches to foreign policy have recognized the climate crisis as a security issue, and the importance of gender mainstreaming and integrating the concerns of diverse women and other under-represented groups as part of climate processes. These are all welcome developments, yet there are still significant gaps that need to be overcome to ensure that approaches to the climate crisis are gender-responsive, and that structural inequalities that diminish women’s agency and restrict access to resources are addressed.

Moderated by Lisa Sharland, Director of our Protecting Civilians and Human Security program, this discussion will also explore what action is required to strengthen approaches to address the gendered dimensions and impact of climate insecurity, particularly efforts to end violence against women and girls and embed the participation of women peace-builders in these processes.

Featured Speakers

Aubrey Paris, Senior Policy Advisor for Gender, Climate Change, and Innovation in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) at the U.S. Department of State

Linda Ogallo, Climate Change Adaptation Expert, IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre – ICPAC

Eiko Ikegaya, Chief, Mediation Support and Gender, Peace and Security, Policy and Mediation Division, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations

Benjamin Pohl, Head of Programme Climate Diplomacy and Security, adelphi


Lisa Sharland, Senior Fellow and Director, Protecting Civilians & Human Security program, Stimson Center 

More speakers to be announced.

This panel is the last of a series of Climate Talks with the German Embassy to the United States. The other talks, which took place over the course of the fall of 2023, covered:

  • Climate Change and Small Island Developing States
  • Climate Finance
  • Climate Change and UN Peace Operations
  • Climate Change and the Global South
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