Major UN climate conference focuses on special needs of women

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A woman rests by the side of the road after gathering sticks to build a hut to sleep in after her home was flooded. UN Photo/Staton Winter

A three-day conference focusing on strengthening the involvement of women in weather and climate services is opening in Geneva on Wednesday.

Senior UN and government officials as well as experts, civil society representatives and women's rights advocates are participating in the conference convened by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

WMO Spokesperson Claire Nullis says the conference is also aimed at reducing the vulnerability of women to disasters and climate change.

"The World Meteorological Organization is spearheading a drive to try to make sure that weather and climate services, weather forecasts, seasonal outlooks etc. do more to take into account the special needs and strengths of women. We think there's big potential to use this to reduce vulnerability of women to disasters and climate change, but also to realize the very real potential that women do have as champions of community resilience."(28")

Ms. Nullis says the general focus of the meeting is on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, health, water and food security.

She adds that the agenda also includes discussions on how to attract and promote more women scientists in the fields of meteorology and hydrology, as currently only 30 per cent of people involved are female.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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