Women’s Caucus - UN CBD advocates for a stand-alone gender equality target in opening statement in OEWG 4

Coordinator Mrinalini Rai
delivering the Caucus’ opening
statement at the WG2020-4
By Women's Caucus - UN CBD

“A gender-specific target would serve to guide all biodiversity-related planning, policies and implementation with a gender lens that would ensure the full realization of the global biodiversity framework. It would drive action towards gender equality priorities and would ensure that countries consider this issue more concretely in their planning, monitoring and reporting processes” said Women’s Caucus - UN CBD Coordinator Mrinalini Rai during the plenary session on the opening of the Fourth Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in Nairobi, Kenya.

Rai also stated that this is “an opportune time to strengthen synergies” among the Rio Conventions. In this connection, she pointed out that during the Fifteenth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the Gender Caucus recognized the importance of gender equality in addressing land degradation through the Abidjan declaration on achieving gender equality for successful land restoration (available at https://www.unccd.int/news-stories/stories/abidjan-declaration-achieving-gender-equality-successful-land-restoration

Delegates were also invited to look at the Women’s Caucus - UN CBD text recommendations for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (available at https://www.women4biodiversity.org/recommendations-for-text-proposals-for-cbd-open-ended-working-group-on-the-post2020-global-biodiversity-framework-fourth-meeting/).

Read the full opening statement at bit.ly/wcopening or watch it being delivered at https://fb.watch/dNwRGhNWP5/.

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