March 29, 2022 @ 12:30 – March 29, 2022 @ 13:30


As the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) taking place from 14 to 25 March, 2022 concludes. The Secretariat of the International Gender Champions (IGC) together with the World Trade Institute (WTI) at the University of Bern, as part of the Know the GAP gender lecture series, presents the webinar titled Gender and Climate Change: an Update from the Commission on the Status of Women.

This one-hour hybrid webinar aims to bring focus and clarity to the key messages, challenges and opportunities emerging from CSW66 and the priority theme: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies, and programmes. Speakers will bring insights from their area of work and bring forward suggestions for collective action to address feminist action for climate justice.

The event is open to scholars, including Permanent Representatives, heads of United Nations agencies and other International Organizations, Champions of the International Gender Champions.

  • Opening remarks by Ambassador Valentin Zellweger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda/Permanent Representative to UNON (Recorded Message).
  • Speakers:
    • Prof. Elisa Fornalé, Swiss National Science Foundation Professor at the World Trade Institute, the University of Bern
    • Adriana Quiñones, Director, UN Women Liaison Office in Geneva
    • Dr Mithika Mwenda, Co-founder and Executive Director, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
    • Joni van de Sand, Global Co-Director, MenEngage Alliance – TBC
  • Moderated by Fleur Heyworth Head of the International Gender Champions Secretariat and Head of Gender Equality and Inclusive Security at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.