The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has reinforced its Code of Conduct for all participants at its events in order to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all, including during the next COP28 Conference in Dubai. The revised Code of Conduct reaffirms the zero-tolerance stance for all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, and specifies the actions to be taken in cases of wrongdoing. Its implementation will be accompanied by training and awareness-raising activities for event attendees.
"We recognise the critical importance of ensuring that climate change conferences are inclusive, respectful, and safe for all." "We continue to collaborate with Parties, observers, and the Presidency to strengthen institutional capacity to both prevent and respond to any incidents or trends that would negatively impact participants' and staff's sense of safety and belonging," said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell.
In June 2023, an internal task group was formed to evaluate the UN Climate Change Code of Conduct for Events and offer additional advice on the prevention and reporting of misconduct, as well as the execution of training activities.
UN Climate Change and the COP 28 Presidency agree that equitable and meaningful participation in events can occur only in a safe and inclusive working environment, and they are dedicated to fostering good change in this area.
According to the most recent Gender Composition Report produced by UN Climate Change, women continue to be underrepresented in climate decision-making.
The report is produced annually to assist countries participating in the United Nations climate change process in tracking progress towards the aim of gender balance in implementing gender-sensitive climate policy, as outlined in the Enhanced Lima work programme on gender and associated gender action plan.
This year's Bonn Conference on Climate Change featured gender balance among Party delegates for the first time, with equal representation of men and women. However, male overrepresentation in the makeup of Party delegations has historically been stronger at Conferences of the Parties (COP) than at the mid-year meeting in Bonn. for example, between COP26 and COP27, the representation of men in Party delegations was roughly 63%, demonstrating a significant gender imbalance in representation.
This year's study also contains an examination of the gender distribution of the Trust Fund for Participation in UN Climate Change Conferences beneficiaries. This grant is an important instrument for facilitating the participation of under-represented groups, particularly women, at these conferences. The Participation Trust Fund funded 353 designated delegates from developing countries in 2022, with just 131 (just over one-third) of them being women.
The 2023 Gender Composition report also offers a detailed list of UN Climate Change activities to promote gender balance and gender-responsive climate action.
As part of the COP28 in Dubai, a number of events on gender and climate action will be held. Among these are the Conference on Gender and Environment Data and a workshop on gender-just transitions co-organized by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In addition, there will be a gender and climate change thematic day at COP28, including a high-level event and a conversation on financing a just transition, as well as various events in the Impact and Empowerment Lab.