CSW66 side event - Untapped potential: Expanding women's leadership on climate and disaster resilience in Central Asia
Climate change has an enormous impact on Central Asia, a region already highly vulnerable to natural disasters – climate-related and unrelated – such as droughts, floods, earthquakes, and mudslides. According to the World Bank, natural disasters cost Central Asia $10 billion a year affecting 3 million Central Asians annually.
Despite commitments in the Sendai Framework, and increased recognition that gender equality, social inclusion, women and girls’ leadership, and empowerment are essential ingredients for meaningful, sustainable, effective, and transformative resilience to disaster and climate risks – this has not translated into concrete actions on the ground.
The main objective of the side event of the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) is to review how gender considerations are being incorporated in the implementation of the gender-responsive climate change and disaster preparedness commitments – from understanding risk (e.g. through disaggregated data and analysis) to building the enabling governance environment for sustained gender-responsive action, and addressing barriers to implementation. The event will bring together representatives of state institutions, practitioners, gender experts and representatives of the international development organizations. It will provide recommendations for gender and age-responsive and inclusive climate, environment and disaster management actions in Central Asia.
English-Russian translation will be provided.