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COP26: UK stakes £165m funding to progress gender equality while tackling climate change

COP President Alok Sharma announced how £165 million of UK funding will progress gender equality while tackling climate change.



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Little Amal and Brianna Fruean at the Advancing Gender Equality

During COP26 Gender Day on Tuesday, the UK announced £165 million to tackle climate change while addressing the inequalities that make women and girls more vulnerable to climate change and empowering them to take climate action.

Around the world, the UN has found that women are more vulnerable to the effects of this than men, in part because they constitute a large majority of the world’s poor and often depend on small-scale farming for a livelihood, which is particularly vulnerable to climate change.

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Audience members listen to speakers at the Advancing Gender Equality

Women and children can comprise 80% of those displaced by climate-related disaster. But addressing gender inequality has also been proven to advance efforts to tackle climate change.

In 2017, Nigeria adopted the International Gender Action Plan by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and in 2020, the country developed its National Action Plan on Gender and climate change.

The main goal of the plan was to ensure that national climate change efforts in Nigeria mainstream gender considerations to guarantee the inclusivity of all demographics in the formulation and implementation of climate change initiatives, programs and policies.

An implementation strategy was developed in 2021 with UK support, and it set out how gender action should be implemented under five climate change priority areas:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use;
  • Food Security and Health;
  • Energy and Transport;
  • Waste Management; and
  • Water and Sanitation.

Other national climate plans on adaptation and mitigation including Nigeria’s revised Nationally Determined Contribution or NDC and its recently published Adaptation Communication highlight measures to enhance gender integration in climate change policies and actions.

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Alok Sharma, COP26 President, speaking at the Advancing Gender Equality

COP26 President Alok Sharma and UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency, Anne-Marie Trevelyan hosted the UK’s Presidency Gender Day event accompanied by Little Amal, the 3.5 metre puppet travelling 8,000km in support of refugees, and Brianna Fruean, a Samoan Climate Change activist.

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said:

“It is women, girls and those who are already most marginalised, that will be most severely impacted by climate change. But they also have a critical role to play to address the climate crisis.

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Anne Marie Trevelyan, Secretary of State for International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience

“The UK is committed to addressing this dual challenge head on, committing new funding to empower communities and women’s groups to take locally-led adaptation action, to build local, national and global resilience. I urge more countries to make commitments to implement the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan and deliver the goals of the Feminist Action for Climate Justice.”

Catriona Laing CB, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, said:

“Climate change has led to the preventable loss of lives through actions that are insufficient or delayed, rolling back women’s economic gains of past decades. Aligning resources and responses, and taking deliberate action will provide us an opportunity to improve livelihoods of women, create a sustainable economic future and better protect the planet.

“Throughout the UK’s COP26 Presidency, we are encouraging countries around the world to put gender equality at the heart of climate action. I am pleased that Nigeria is engaged on this agenda and is putting gender considerations at the core of national climate and development plans.”

Through its COP26 Presidency, the UK has been urging countries around the world to put gender equality at the heart of climate action, and today, convened ministers and other actors to discuss new action to tackle gender and climate change.


A number of countries and stakeholders also announced bold new gender and climate commitments today.

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The UK jointly launched a toolkit on gender-smart climate finance. Co-led by CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, the toolkit will improve understanding on the opportunities of gender-sensitive climate investment by providing guidance to the finance community on how to deliver climate outcomes while promoting gender equality and women’s economic opportunities.


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