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From Beijing to Kyoto: Gendering the International Climate Change Negotiation Process

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C. Dennison
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Despite the overt United Nations (UN) commitment requiring all UN processes to abide by the principles for mainstreaming a gender perspective, the international climate change negotiation process has not complied with these principles by assuming men and women can be treated identically and by failing to engage in gender-analysis. This failure has not only resulted in the process coming up short on gender equity principles, but also this has had, and will continue to have, injurious effects on the process in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. The international climate change process will be unable to achieve truly global legitimacy or relevance until it adopts the principles of gender equity at all stages of the process, from scientific research, through analysis, agenda formation, negotiation and decision-making, regime implementation, and finally in further development and evaluation.Conclusions and recommendations include:- Although numbers of women and men participating should be equal - to ensure adequate representation, women must be acting on behalf of other women, and in women's interests;- Develop a mentoring process to effectively integrate newcomers to the negotiations, both women and men as required;- Data collected to study the impacts of climate change on human populations should be disaggregated by sex- Recommendations for improving the equity and efficiency of the international climate change negotiation process will only increase in number as more and more stakeholders are empowered to become involved in the process.