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Upcoming women’s summit in New York to build momentum on climate change

2013 September
by kkeeton

Source: Flickr ( Francesco Fiondella/CGIAR Climate)

From September 20 to 23, more than 100 prominent women’s rights leaders and activists from over 35 countries will gather in New York for the first ever International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit. The purpose of the summit is to build international momentum for increased attention, funding, and action on climate change and to develop a Women’s Climate Action Agenda, which will be presented to the United Nations next week.  The summit is scheduled on the eve of Climate Week NYC, before the release of the fifth assessment report on climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Stockholm on September 23.

In a statement about the summit, Osprey Orielle Lake, founder and co-director of the IWECI and head of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus, said, “Nature will not wait while politicians debate. Women around the world are facing the impacts of a changing climate every day, and we are coming together to say ‘enough is enough’ and it is time for actions that address the roots of this crisis and foster just solutions.”

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