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Media Invitation: UNEP leads groundbreaking assessment on Gender and Environment

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) invites journalists and media to attend an event announcing the Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO) at the 59th Meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) in New York. Requests for interviews are welcomed.

WHAT: GLOBAL GENDER AND ENVIRONMENT OUTLOOK (GGEO)
DATE: Friday, 13 March 2015
WHO: H.E. Ms. Elin Bergithe Rognlie, Consul General of Norway, New York Mr. Elliott Harris, UN Assistant General and Head of, UNEP-New York Office Dr. Monika MacDevette, Deputy Director, UNEP Division of Early Warning & Assessment
FOCUS: Presenting the Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO), the world’s first comprehensive, global assessment on gender and the environment.
VENUE: Conference Room 11 – UN General Assembly Building
MEDIA CONTACT: François Rogers, +44 7 585 707 220, francois.rogers@catalysd.com

UNEP is leading a ground-breaking, multi-stakeholder, initiative to produce the world’s first comprehensive, integrated and global assessment about gender and the environment. The Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO) will firmly place gender analysis at the heart of global environment assessment and bring gendered perspectives on the environment to the attention of the world’s policy-makers and sustainability leaders. The report is due for completion in May 2016.

“Recognizing and highlighting the interplay between gender and the environment is critical if we are to provide credible, scientific data and policy-relevant environmental assessments that drive sustainability,” says Dr. Monika MacDevette, Deputy Director at UNEP’s Division for Early Warning and Assessment in Nairobi. “The GGEO will provide a comprehensive compendium of gender-responsive environmental information that will set a new global benchmark for gender-inclusive, environmental analysis and decision-making.”

Around the world, environmental conditions impact the lives of women and men in different ways as a result of existing inequalities. Gender roles often create differences in the ways women and men act in relation to the environment, and how they are enabled or prevented from acting as agents of  environmental change. Everyone, regardless of gender, has an important role to play in moving towards environmental sustainability. While an impressive body of work already makes clear the benefits of including social and gender considerations in environmental analysis, most of the knowledge and data is scattered and have not, to date, been fit for use in a comprehensive, integrated and global assessment.

“The development of the GGEO is a massive, collective, accomplishment not only for UNEP and the governments that it supports, but also for the gender community at large,” says Dr. Joni Seager, Professor in Global Studies from Bentley University and Lead Author of the GGEO. “It is the culmination of many people’s work for decades to bring gender into the mainstream for environmental analysis.”

The GGEO will be tabled at the second United Nations Environment Assembly in May 2016 and its contents will, in turn, inform the writing of the 6th Edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) due in 2017.

Media Contact:
François Rogers, GGEO Communications, +44 7 585 707 220 or francois.rogers@catalysd.com