UN Gender Focus: climate change, gender equality and rights of LGBT

Women impacted “disproportionately” by climate change

Women and girls are essential climate actors. File Photo: UN Women

Women are disproportionately impacted by climate change, especially those living in developing countries. That’s the view of Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri, who’s one of the leading voices arguing for greater acknowledgement of the problems they face, at the COP21 summit in Paris. Cristina Silveiro caught up with her at the UN conference, and asked her to outline her concerns, and hopes for what an agreement could mean for women.

Call to break “gender imbalance” at UN climate conference

"Gender Day" at COP21. UN News Centre/Stephanie Coutrix

Gender equality must also be featured in the new climate change agreement, but so far it does not figure prominently enough. That’s according to dozens of non-governmental organizations that are attending COP21.  Stephanie Coutrix reports from Paris on what’s been dubbed as “Gender Day” at the climate summit.

When the rights of the LGBT community are denied, "we all suffer"

Pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida

That's according to Charles Radcliffe, of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). He was highlighting the financial and social cost of discriminating against LGBT people across the world. To mark this year's Human Right's Day the UN released a video called The Price of Exclusion, narrated by the Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto.Mr Radcliffe spoke to Matthew Wells, about the message behind the video.

Presenter: Veronica Reeves
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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