The policies on limiting and adapting to global warming will be more efficient if taking into account the equality of women and men. While women are the first victims of global warming, they are better able to find solutions, said the French Minister of the Environment and Energy Ségolène Royal: "without women, it is impossible to achieve the target of 1.5 degrees" she said. This is only fair, since "women are the most affected by climate disasters," affirmed the minister: "seventy percent of the victims of the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia were women".
175 countries convened on 22 April 2016 at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York for the signing ceremony of the climate agreement reached in December 2015 in Paris on the occasion of the COP21. According to the UN, this figure is a record in terms of the number of countries signing an international agreement in one day.
Ségolène Royal, President of the COP21, presented on April 20 in New York a series of proposals to promote the role of women in the fight against climate change, especially in Africa and Asia. She participated in a meeting organized by the African Union at the UN. Ségolène Royal called to integrate the gender dimension in all national contributions submitted by countries committing to the Paris agreement.
The Minister has put forward a series of necessary actions "to recognize women's role in climate". Starting with the "integration of a gender dimension in 100% of the national contributions". For now, as argued Ségolène Royal, only 36% of the contributions submitted by States take into account gender differences. Click here and here to know more.