For International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023, UNEP is organizing a celebration highlighting "Women, Girls, and the Triple Planetary Crisis". IWD, celebrated each year on 8 March, is a time to reflect on progress made on gender equality, to call for change and to celebrate the contribution of women to numerous challenges around the globe. This session will discuss the role of women and girls in addressing the triple interconnected planetary crisis of pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss.
IWD is an opportunity to recognize that women and girls play a vital role as agents of change for sustainable development. It is a day to celebrate and reflect upon their achievements, contributions, and solutions agents of change, along with indigenous peoples and local communities, in safeguarding the environment. In this light, this session brings together women from various sectors of International Geneva who play a crucial role as “agents of change” in tackling the triple planetary crisis.
The triple planetary crisis has also distinct and disproportionate harms on women and girls, threatening and violating their human rights, including the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. To achieve gender equality and ecological sustainability, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment insists in its latest report to the Human Rights Council that States must tackle gender-based discrimination and environmental injustices with urgent, gender-transformative, rights-based climate and environmental action.
Finally, in line with the theme for IWD 2023, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”, the session also aims to recognize and celebrate the women and girls who are championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education, including in the environmental sector. As Geneva plays an important role on data and environment, key stakeholders will also speak on how they are leading the way on this topic.
By order of intervention.
- H.E. Amb. Nella Pepe TAVITA-LEVY | Permanent Representative of the Independent State of Samoa to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
- Osnat LUBRANI | Director, Geneva Office & Head, Humanitarian, UN Women
- David BOYD | UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
- Yana GEVORGYAN | Director, Group on Earth Observations Secretariat
- Sonia PEÑA MORENO | Director, International Policy Centre, International Union for Conservation of Nature
- Rolph PAYET | Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
- Francesca MINGRONE | Staff Attorney, Climate & Energy Program, Center for International Environmental Law
- Sylvie MOTARD | Acting Director, Europe Office, UN Environment Programme
- Damaris CARNAL | Switzerland's Focal Point for UN Environment Programme | Moderator
The event will take place in a hybrid format, at the International Environment House I (Room 2) and online. As most organizations in Geneva return to the office, we encourage you to join us in-person if you can. Kindly register for either in-person or online attendance.
Coffee will be served from 8:15 CET onwards.