Discussion underlines need for Greater gender role in climate change response

Apr 24, 2013

Phnom Penh – In connection to the visit by Ms. Anna Lindstedt, the Swedish Ambassador for Climate Change, the Swedish embassy held, on 24 April, a discussion on gender-related issues in the context of climate change. The objective was to highlight the need for greater effort by policy makers and practitioners alike in integrating gender into strategies to respond to climate change.

Mrs. Anne Hoglund, Ambassador of Sweden to Cambodia said: “the Swedish Government attaches great importance of the issue of climate change, both globally, regionally and nationally. Cambodia has been assessed as the sixth most vulnerable country in the world to the impacts of climate change, mainly due to weak capacity of adaptation and mitigation at national and local levels. Women and children, especially in rural areas, are amongst the poorest and most vulnerable segments of the population, and will likely bear the most of the burden of climate change impacts, be it through floods or droughts due to changing climate patterns.”

The discussion included participants from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, National Committee for Sub-national Democratic Development Secretariat, the United Nations Development Programme and other development partners and civil society organisations in Cambodia. The participants shared information, lessons learnt and emerging best practices relating to the integration of gender aspects in climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

Sweden is the key funder of the Cambodia Community-Based Adaptation Programme (CCBAP), implemented by the UNDP-Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme that works to help vulnerable communities in 21 Cambodian provinces to increase adaptive capacity and resilience to risks associated with climate change.