Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, meets with Mary Robinson, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change, to discuss the connection between gender equality and climate change.
CATHERINE MCKENNA (Minister of Environment and Climate Change): Well I’m thrilled to be here with Mary Robinson. She is an amazing leader on many files and especially women and climate.
So why was it really important to have this discussion?
MARY ROBINSON (President, Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, Former President of Ireland, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights): Well we formed a few years ago a troika-plus of women leaders on climate change (Troika+) because there were three women who presided over three conferences of the parties, and they… all three of them were in Cancun together and… Connie Hedegaard, Patricia Espinosa, and Maite Mashabane. And we meet regularly to try to bring gender in a much more significant way into the climate discussions because gender matters so much in climate. And we got what’s called the “Doha Miracle,” which was a decision about gender balance that led to the Lima Work Programme. And both of those are being reviewed in Marrakech, the next COP in Morocco in November, so we were planning again with them to make sure that we have a real impact in those decisions.
MINISTER MCKENNA: It’s really critical because, as we know, climate change impacts vulnerable people, especially women.
MARY ROBINSON: And we’re really keen that this quite influential troika of women leaders can create space for grassroots women.
MINISTER MCKENNA: Yes.
MARY ROBINSON: And I think you spoke very well about indigenous women in Canada which I really appreciated. And we need to be hearing those voices at the table as much as possible, include them in delegations, and have them part of climate action going forward.
MINISTER MCKENNA: I could not agree more and I’m happy to join. Thank you.
MARY ROBINSON: Okay, great. Thank you.