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UNESCO to Convene Forum on Gender Equality

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June

2008: Women are both the most exposed

to the consequences of climate change, and the best placed to influence changes

in behaviour, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural

Organization (UNESCO). According to

UNESCO, this situation exists because women are most affected by natural

disasters while at the same time they play a key role in managing water and

fuel resources, thus wielding an essential influence for change.

These and

other issues will be discussed during the Fourth UNESCO Forum on Gender

Equality, with the theme “gendered dimensions of climate change,” to be held on

19 June 2008 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. [UNESCO

announcement]

Photo: Women and children at Makolé market, Toraja

country, Celebes Islands, Indonesia. Credit: UNESCO/Georges Malempré.