Time to put the most affected women and girls at the heart of UN climate talks, says CARE

Leaders must put the needs of those disproportionately affected by climate change impacts – women and girls – firmly at the heart of talks during the 23rd annual UN climate summit (COP23), urges CARE International.

With the UN climate talks, presided over by the government of Fiji, set to take place from 6 to 17 November in Bonn, Germany, an estimated 25,000 participants from nearly 200 countries have a chance to ensure that the disproportionate consequences of climate change on women and girls around the world are tackled.

CARE International will be attending COP23 with 24 international delegates from over 10 different countries, including the most vulnerable, such as Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya and Vanuatu. Two members from CARE Canada have joined CARE International’s delegation to participate in these discussions.

Wolfgang Jamann, CEO CARE International, said:

“The quick successions of an unusually strong hurricane season in the Caribbean, recent typhoons and floods in Asia, and droughts and forest fires in recent weeks are a stark reminder that today millions of poor people are already suffering from climate extremes and are being displaced from their homes and stripped of their livelihoods. The devastation and suffering are acute in many of the poorest countries, for example, in Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Fiji, Vanuatu and many parts of Africa, and CARE is actively supporting measures to build climate resilience in these countries. Women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change in situations of poverty, and the majority of the world’s poor are women: we are calling on the international community to give greater attention and invest more in helping the poorest and most vulnerable take actions to increase their resilience.”

Shaughn McArthur, advocacy and government relations advisor for CARE Canada:

“Canada's feminist foreign policy is extremely relevant to any discussions about climate action for the most vulnerable people. COP23 is an opportunity to ensure women can lead the fight against a changing climate. For Canada, this means working towards productive negotiations that assist women worldwide who are facing the impact of climate change today. At the same time, Canada can reinforce this by ensuring its international climate change investments reflect the critical role women play in fighting climate-related hunger, migration and instability.”

Fanny Petitbon, Advocacy Manager CARE France, said:

“Governments should come out of Bonn with an ambitious gender action plan. It must boost the effective participation of women in climate-related decision-making, who are still largely underrepresented among countries’ delegation leads and technical bodies, according to new UNFCCC statistics. Such a plan should also provide tools for countries to better mainstream gender equality in their national climate policies and promote direct access to climate finance for grassroots, women-led organizations and local communities. However, we are concerned that richer countries are not willing to adequately resource such a plan.”


CARE has bilingual Canadian and international spokespeople available in Bonn at the COP23 discussions. To arrange an interview, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada | 613-228-5641

Media in Bonn may also contact:

Camilla Schramek
Climate Change Communications Officer | CARE International | +45 50 22 92 88

Read CARE’s key recommendations for COP23 here: