“Making Climate Finance Work for Women” Event at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (11 December 2017 )


Because women play a key role in combating climate change, on Monday, 11 December 2017, on the eve of the One Planet Summit, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs is holding a public conference that will consider the issue of women-focused financing and the challenges of mainstreaming gender in this sphere.

Nathalie Loiseau, the Minister for European Affairs, will open the event, which will bring together many experts, politicians and representatives of civil society. Her introduction will be followed by a keynote speech by Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. The discussions will be moderated by Brigitte Collet, ambassador for the negotiations on climate change.

Since the Paris Agreement, the preamble of which mainstreamed gender for the first time, and the adoption of a Gender Action Plan at COP23, appreciating and strengthening the contributions of women as key players for the climate has been a central issue.

The conference will look at the major problems related to this issue:

  • mobilising the players concerned on the challenges of financing women-centred climate actions;
  • identifying the factors that prevent women from accessing climate finance;
  • sharing existing best practice that can be replicated;
  • mobilising resources to increase the proportion of climate-related “gendered assistance”.

Climate change is a primary concern for women. It affects them proportionately more than men, especially in developing countries, where they are heavily involved in agriculture, health and energy.

Learn more about the role of women in the fight against climate change


1. Women, climate change and access to finance: how things stand at present

  • Mrs Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Foundation North America
  • Mr Yannick Glemarec, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
  • Mrs Fatou Ndoy (ENDA Graf Sahel, Senegal)

2. What place for women in multilateral climate financing?

  • Mr Maxime Forest, professor at Sciences Po Paris
  • Mr Howard Bamsey, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund
  • Mr Hart Schafer, Vice-President, Global Themes, World Bank
  • Mrs Michèle Sabban, President of R20 (Regions of Climate Action)

3. How to act at local and national level?

  • Mrs Célestine Ketcha Courtès, Mayor of Bangangté, Cameroon, President of the Network for Locally Elected Women of Africa
  • Mrs Sri Mulyani, Finance Minister of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Mrs Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands

4. Conclusions

  • Call from NGOs: Mrs Fanny Petitbon, Advocacy Officer, CARE France
  • Mrs Teresa Ribera, Director of IDDRI (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations)
Practical information:
Monday, 11 December from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, 35 Quai d’Orsay, Paris
Mandatory registration via secretariat.dgm-ddd-huma at diplomatie.gouv.fr