Climate change and women
Joint workshop organized by the French Embassy, Apollo Hospitals and Public Health Foundation of India.
New Delhi, 28 May 2015
On the occasion of the International Women’s health Day, and in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), the French Embassy in India organized a workshop entitled “Tackling climate change for healthier women”, in partnership with Apollo Hospitals and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).
This public event was held in the presence of H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, on Thursday, 28th May 2015.
The discussion was moderated by Bina Agarwal, Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, and University of Manchester, UK. The panellists included: Dr Sutapa Agrawal, Epidemiologist, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI); Dr Lalita Badhwar, Senior Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Apollo Hospitals; Dr Bharati Chaturvedi, Executive director, Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group; Dr Vandana Shiva, Author & Founder, Navdanya.
Identifying a wide-range of solutions to prepare the future will be one of the goals of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be held in December, this year, in Paris. In the lead-up to the Conference, the French Embassy has organized several debates at the crossroad between climate change and several economic and social issues to initiate a fruitful dialogue on themes that will be relevant to the upcoming negotiations.
Climate change not only has an impact on the ecosystem and the biodiversity but also on the habitus and ways in which daily-life is organized both in rural and urban areas. Women appear are one of the first stakeholders of climate change.
On the occasion of the International Women’s health Day, this debate aimed at understanding the implication of climate change consequences on women livelihood and highlighted best practices and relevant experience to reduce the exposure of women to climate change risks.
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Paris in December this year. An effective and equitable international agreement will be critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature rise to 2 degree Celsius and for supporting adaptation to climate impacts. France, as the host and chair of COP21, is committed to the role of an impartial facilitator for forging an ambitious agreement at COP 21.