Commemorating this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), UN agencies and other international organizations called for gender equality and women’s empowerment, under the theme of ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality.’
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) showcased its Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The UNEP-UNDP PEI project provides energy-efficient stoves in Malawi, reduces deforestation and decreases the risk of sexual assault that women face when they gather firewood. Observing that natural resource exploitation often fuels violent conflicts, particularly for women, UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner described the benefits of such projects and called for increasing efforts to ensure that government policies address the role of women in the environment and the economy.
UNEP also featured a project to boost women’s health and prevent flooding in Afghanistan through the re-invention of traditional Afghan stoves that are more energy-efficient. UNEP’s GRID-Arendal further shared progress on the Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO), which will be the first comprehensive and integrated assessment on gender and the environment.
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