Closing intervention by the Women's Major Group

United Nations Environment Programme (2016-05-27)

Thank you chair. Distinguished delegates, my name is Caroline Usikpedo, I speak on behalf of the women's major group. We support the general statement by all the major group stakeholders and rights holders that was just presented. We just wanted to highlight the recommendations of the Global Gender Environmental Outlook that was launched this week, including the recommendation to integrate gender considerations in all environmental policies. While we welcome some of the progress in this field, and the explicit call to respect, protect and promote human rights, gender equality and the role of indigenous peoples in delivering the environmental dimension of 2030 Agenda, we deplore that too many of the resolutions and decisions adopted today are still gender blind. We thus call for increased policy coherence and compliance with existing decisions to mainstream gender in environmental policies.