COP18 Recognizes Women Role in Climate Change on Gender Day

Doha, November 27 (QNA) – The 18th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) marked their celebration of the first Gender Day on Tuesday with a launch of a book written by the president of previous round of conference of the parties (COP 17th/CMP7), Maite Nkoana Mashabane.
The book, Thuto Ya Bato meaning Teachings from our People recognizes women s critical role in building resilience to climate change.
COP18 President HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyiah, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland who is also the President of Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, spoke at the book launch.
The book inspired the United Nations to launch the  Gender Day  which is dedicated to women for their contribution in the fight against climate change.
In his address at the book launch, COP18 President HE Al Attiyah said, “The world needs our support. It needs us to solve the (Climate Change) issues before it is too late.”
Speaking to Qatar News Agency (QNA),Tuesday, Mashabane, the South Africa s Minister for International Relations and Co-operation and the author of the book, expressed pleasure her publication has inspired a launch for the Gender Day.  “It will remain a legacy,” Mashabane said. 
She hoped the publication would stimulate the Doha climate talks to extend the Kyoto Protocol agreement.
“I hope we make history in Doha by endorsing the second commitment period (of Kyoto Protocol) so that by 2015, we get an agreement that we start rolling by 2020,” she added.
The book tells stories of women s experiences from 40 countries across Africa on adapting to Climate Change.
“Minister Mashsabane decided to write a book comprising women s stories on how they are coping and adapting with climate change, and how they are given leadership roles at the local level,” former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson said.
The book contains stories deemed crucial to the climate change talks in Doha, “because we need more emphasis on adaptation, more equity in financing and in transfer of technologies. We were encouraged by the President of COP 18 is supporting this idea,” she noted.
The UNFCCC Executive Secretary Figueres said the COP 17 president, Mashabane, chose Qatar to launch her book as the country has been putting emphasis on women education and empowerment. (END)

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