On January 28, 2016, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), through its University Program for Sustainable Strategies (PUES) and in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), coordinated a Gender and Climate Change discussion program titled Género y Cambio Climático: Hacia la construcción de una agenda para la investigación, el diseño de políticas públicas y la acción social. Within this framework and with the support of the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and IUCN’s Global Gender Office (GGO), a one-day working session was organized on Gender Equality and Sustainable Energy in Mexico.
The event, which took place in Mexico City, was designed to identify the main challenges, gaps and research priorities for understanding the linkages between gender equality and sustainable energy, as a means for prioritizing the energy, environment and social agenda in Mexico. The day initiated with a series of technical panels, including the participation of high-level representatives from the Energy Secretariat, the National Science Commission, leading researchers and gender experts, including GGO’s Itzá Castañeda and Ana Rojas.
The afternoon session was dedicated to the identification of priority research questions in the areas of environmental and social impact assessments of energy projects, gender and energy efficiency, and gender and renewable energy. It is expected that GGO will continue to provide support to these activities in Mexico through its national team as well as encourage dialogue and further expansion of the gender agenda in the energy sector through its GECCO* initiative, particularly its G-REEN platform.
*The former Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative is now part of a broader program, Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT), which aims to improve development outcomes by strengthening environmental programing through gender integration and achieving gender equality outcomes.
Posted: February 11, 2016