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Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations
I have the honor to introduce in behalf of the delegation of the Philippines the draft resolution entitled “Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in Climate Policies and Strategies” contained in E/CN.6/2011/L.1
More than the issue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, climate change is about people. It is about how it will impact on people around the world and on nations, rich and poor. It is about how its impact will be felt and differently distributed between various groups. Climate-change related impacts have a range of implications. The effects of climate change will be felt most acutely by those segments of the population that are already vulnerable owing to geography, gender, age, indigenous or minority status and disability.
As an archipelagic state with a largely agricultural and rural population, and as a country beset by numerous natural disasters. The Philippines knows this first hand.
Women are among the most vulnerable to climate change. In many countries, they make up a larger share of the agricultural workforce and they tend to have less access to income-earning opportunities than men. Women manage households and care for family members, which often limits their mobility and increases their vulnerability to sudden weather-related natural disasters.
MY government has implemented policies that seek to bring economic growth and development to all sectors of our society. But climate change is a challenge that urgently calls for greater global cooperation.
Since women are among the most vulnerable to climate change, they should be part of the solution in addressing the challenges brought about by climate change.
This resolution calls for the need to facilitate and ensure women’s effective participation in the crafting and implementation of climate change policies, strategies and programmes.
My delegation continues to engage constructively with other delegations to gather co-sponsorship and wide support of the resolution by consensus.
I would like to thank all delegations who actively participated in the many consultations held for this draft resolution. The discussions were lively and animated, but always courteous and productive.
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