On 26-28 July 2017, GGGI’s Senior Gender and Social Development Specialist, Ingvild Solvang, and Principal Program Manager for Indonesia, Dagmar Zwebe, spoke at an ADB conference in Seoul, focused on gender equality in climate change and disaster risk management in Asia and the Pacific.
The event was designed to build capacity and facilitate knowledge sharing between ADB government counterparts, financial institutions and other ADB Partners on the linkages between gender equality and women’s empowerment in climate-resilient agriculture, natural resource management, environmental protection and infrastructure development, clear energy production and consumption.
A series of sessions were held to focus on knowledge sharing on global gender-inclusive climate change policies and financial mechanisms: national climate change policies and climate adaptation and mitigation programs. The aim has been to promote collaboration between climate change experts, senior government officials, ADB sector staff and gender specialists to increase gender equality results while reducing climate change impacts in the Asia Pacific Region.
GGGI has 27 member countries globally, of which 10 members are in the Asia Pacific Region. GGGI supports the development of Inclusive Green Growth plans and policies, which aim to generate economic growth that is simultaneously environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. From government plans at national and subnational levels, GGGI works to align green investments to fund green initiatives that are replicable and scalable.
GGGI primarily works in energy, water, sustainable landscapes and green cities. Within these sectors, GGGI promotes green technologies and financial vehicles and instruments, while also promoting inclusive governance, economic empowerment and financial inclusion, which are essential to communities’ ability to adapt to climate change and disaster risks. Inclusion is also pivotal to ensure future sustainable growth. Example of GGGI’s approaches is the promotion of sustainable livelihoods that simultaneously support the protection and restoration of peatlands in Indonesia, methodologies for green city planning which has been used across Cambodia and introduction of solar refrigeration in Vanuatu to support the tourism industry in remote areas.