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EBRD focuses on gender equality and climate action at COP27

EBRD focuses on gender equality and climate action at COP27

 November 16, 2022

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) presented at COP27 - Gender Equality & Climate Action Nexus: Creating Transformational Opportunities, discussing how gender is key to the green transition.

The 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COP27 – builds on the outcomes of COP26 to deliver action on an array of issues critical to tackling the climate emergency – from urgently reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building resilience, and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, to delivering on the commitments to finance climate action in developing countries.

Offering a systemic approach to accelerate gender equality in climate action


Under the leadership of Egypt, the EBRD, in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) brought together representatives of the private and public sectors as well as financial institutions to offer participants key insights on how to put forth a systemic approach to accelerate gender equality in climate action. The event presented a new digital Gender Equality in Climate Action Accelerator, which will aim to support private sector companies to improve gender-responsiveness of their corporate climate governance. The Accelerator will also support governments to promote gender-sensitive climate sector policies, accelerating their green transition.

Opening remarks were made by Dr. Rania Al Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt, with introductory remarks from Odile Renaud-Basso, President, EBRD and Cassilde Breniere, Deputy Chief Operations Officer of the French Development Agency.

Barbara Rambousek [pictured above], Director, Gender & Economic Inclusion, EBRD, moderated the event with speakers including Dr Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, CoP 27 Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy, Egypt, Dr Magued Osman, National Council for Women of Egypt, Manal Hassan, Chief Sustainability Officer, Elsewedy Electric, Egypt, and Christine Arab, Country Representative, UN Women.

Heike Harmgart, Managing Director, SEMED, EBRD, made the closing remarks. 

“If we were to close gender gaps, we could add to the global GDP 20% of value," said Mafalda Duarte, Chief Information Officer of Climate Investment Funds.

Collaborating with knowledge, shared information and ideas 


The EBRD also met with co-leaders of the Feminist Action for Climate Justice Action Coalition during COP27, and exchanged knowledge, shared information and ideas for accelerating leadership, youth empowerment and engagement on gender equality in climate action. Further members included African Union, Nordic Council of Ministers, and UN Women. 

Gender-responsive green jobs recovery 


Barbara Rambousek also provided closing remarks at the African Development Bank Group's COP27 event Enabling and tracking gender-responsive green jobs recovery. 

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