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  • Greenland - NIKK
    different needs wishes behaviour patterns and lifestyles we can enhance climate work Solutions are also rendered more efficient by including both men s and women s needs and wishes The Nordic region wants to develop and advance gender equality Unfortunately gender neutral measures have often in fact turned out to be gender blind measures By including women in climate change work we can thus also advance gender equality A sustainable society requires gender equality According to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Mathai there can be no sustainable development without an equitable development and there can be no equitable development without gender equality Climate and gender is a topical theme both nationally and internationally Up to now we have often focused on the South dimension but climate change also affects us up here in the North This is obvious for example when looking at Greenland where the effects are already being felt These changes affect entire societies and cultures and consequently then also the relationships between women and men The traditional livelihood of Inuit men hunting is at a risk as the climate becomes warmer and the periods of continual ice shorten Men and their families are forced to move into cities for other jobs and this leads to social challenges You can read more about the effects of climate change upon the Inuit here Climate change has similarly led to a growing number of extreme weather phenomena in the North that affect women and men in diverse ways But in the Nordic region we also contribute strongly to climate change through our consumption and energy use In the Nordic region we need to lower our emissions change our lifestyles and work for adaptation measures In the Nordic region we have promised to integrate a gender equality perspective into all important

    Original URL path: http://www.equalclimate.org/en/whats_being_done+/greenland/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Iceland - NIKK
    to participate effectively in that effort This is why Iceland emphasizes the importance of integrating gender considerations into all main aspects of the climate negotiations It was recognized in the Cancun agreements that the effective participation of women is important for effective action on climate change Such references give politicians and officials a mandate which is upon us all to seize We must of course translate nice words into action A lot of this means learning by doing Even if we have considerable experience with inclusion of gender issues in general policy making and development programmes our response to the climate change challenge is still a work in progress Iceland has taken several steps in order to follow up on gender issues with regards to climate change For example gender equality and women s empowerment has been formally integrated into Iceland s foreign and development policies such as Iceland s strategy for Development Co operation 2011 2014 where gender equality is both a cross cutting issue and a specific objective in its own right Furthermore as part of Iceland s Gender Responsive Budgeting initiative contributions to development cooperation through international organisations and NGO s have been analysed in accordance with the OECD DAC Gender Equality Policy Markers The results showed that in 2009 74 of that part of Iceland s ODA had gender equality and women s empowerment as a principal or significant objective Gender issues have been integrated into the Geothermal Training Programme the Fisheries Training Programme and the Land Restoration Training Programme all of which can be said to have climate change angles and Iceland hosts as a part of the United Nations University In addition to these three programmes Iceland supports a pilot programme focusing on gender equality and women s empowerment the Gender Equality Studies and

    Original URL path: http://www.equalclimate.org/en/whats_being_done+/iceland/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Norway - NIKK
    point from the policies of the Norwegian government They are goal oriented and identify the results to be achieved at the national level One indicator is the Nature Index for Norway Norway works on behalf of a global ambitious and binding agreement to reduce the global average temperature by two degrees to the situation of pre industrial times Norway has agreed that global emissions should peak by 2015 at the latest and be reduced by 50 85 percent before 2050 to 2000 levels in accordance with the UN Climate Panel A well functioning global carbon exchange is needed to cover the investment needs that ensue from switching to a more climate friendly society CO2 charges and a quota system among others are the key tools of Norwegian climate policy They fix the price of emissions and make it more expensive to act in ways that are harmful to the environment About half of Norwegian emissions are to be covered by the quota system as of 2013 The Norwegian government has set energy use charges for vehicles so that the most climate friendly cars are now cheaper The government will also reduce traffic expansion and invest more on mass transit fuel efficient cars and alternative motor technologies At least 3 5 percent by volume of annual fuel sales for road traffic will consist of bio fuel Simultaneously improvements will be made in the possibilities for cycling and walking Other methods used by the Norwegian government include Starting to build a testing centre for isolating and storing carbon dioxide in Mongstad Initiating negotiations with industry to reduce emissions Increasing funding for climate research and research on renewable energy Establishing national guidelines for municipal climate and energy planning and coordinating land use and transportation planning The Klimaløftet the climate promise or How to act on CO2 is the Norwegian government s investment in climate related information aimed at citizens and addressing among other things national climate activities and advice about how individuals can contribute through more climate friendly lifestyles An official report about society s vulnerability and need for adaptation to the consequences of climate change concludes that Norway is in a good starting point in this work The report emphasizes that what is required for Norway in order to remain strong in the future is that the work to adapt begin now The report will be followed by a new account White Paper by the Norwegian government to parliament on Norwegian climate policy The Norwegian government s climate and forest initiative The government s climate and forest initiative was presented by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg during COP 13 in Bali in 2007 Norway invests NOK 3 billion annually in measures to combat deforestation and the destruction of forests in developing countries as an essential measure in the fight against global warming The overarching goal of Norwegian foreign and development policy is to promote sustainable development and to combat poverty In the work to achieve the various goals one of the targets is

    Original URL path: http://www.equalclimate.org/en/whats_being_done+/norway/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Sweden - NIKK
    of having a transport sector that is no longer dependent on fossil fuel promoting renewable energy and creating the conditions for further improvements in energy efficiency Beyond emissions targets for greenhouse gases up to 2020 the government has proposed goals and strategies to ensure that Half of Sweden s energy consumption by 2020 comes from renewable energy sources By 2030 Sweden will have a fleet of vehicles that do not run on fossil energy Sweden s net emissions of greenhouse gases reach zero by mid century Energy use is 20 percent more efficient by 2020 By 2020 the use of renewable energy is improved by 10 percent in the transport sector Sweden has shown that reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can be combined with economic growth From 1990 onward Sweden s emissions have declined by slightly more than 12 percent at the same time as its GDP has increased by slightly more than 50 percent 1990 2008 Total greenhouse gas emissions continue to decline As the world struggles to overhaul the way that it builds lives and uses transport Sweden is working as a trailblazer on this front At the same time as Swedish companies contribute to emissions reductions opportunities are emerging for developing Swedish trade and industry The climate challenge will serve as an economic lever for job creation exports and economic growth To secure Sweden s leadership position the government is prioritizing investment in a fleet of cars that are not reliant on fossil fuels in renewable energy and in environmental technologies Climate change and gender equality In the view of the Swedish government equality between women and men and between girls and boys is one of the preconditions for sustainable development In the area of climate change and gender equality Sweden has up to now had very few initiatives Annica Kronsell from Lund University has concluded in her pilot study that Swedish climate policy is gender blind She has studied the gender balance of various committees and groups that have produced background reports to the Swedish government s two propositions regarding climate and energy policy that were presented in March 2009 She has further analysed relevant texts regarding climate policy from a gender perspective In development work the issue does emerge quite often in the context of sustainable development which has to be founded on equality and women s increased power to influence Sweden wants to improve women s and men s access to water energy provisions education employment and health This improves particularly the lives of women and girls in developing countries because they are often responsible for securing water firewood and food provisions and therefore have less access to schooling health care and employment opportunities To promote sustainable agriculture there is a particular focus on the need for strengthening women s roles for example through ensuring the same access to technology and land that men have A key issue is to enhance women s opportunities to take part in decision making processes Gender equality and

    Original URL path: http://www.equalclimate.org/en/whats_being_done+/sweden/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Faroe Islands - NIKK
    What s being done Recommendations Links You are here Frontpage What s being done The Faroe Islands The Faroe Islands Check back soon for more information Denmark Finland Greenland Iceland Norway Sweden The Faroe Islands Åland The Nordic co operation

    Original URL path: http://www.equalclimate.org/en/whats_being_done+/the_faroe_islands/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Åland - NIKK
    It is not at all about getting a worse life but instead about choosing slightly differently and being more conscious aware and smarter when making these choices We have to create a sustainable development and a sustainable wellbeing because the world s resources are not endless and climate change threatens large parts of humanity We have a financial crisis a climate crisis and a global ecosystem crisis When we discuss the future talk often turns into the green technologies and green innovations that will save us These are supposed to save both the climate and the world and they cost a fortune We discuss new nuclear power plants carbon storage windpower parks and enormous solar panels in the Sahara There appears to exist an absolute value in the huge cost of technology and this turns into a legitimate reason for us not being able to afford to switch to a sustainable lifestyle Equally important as individuals women and men and families acting is that society the state and munipalities act Environment work needs to be carried out on all levels internationally nationally on the municipal level and on the individual level so that it will be successful The government sector has all available possibilities to both encourage and make demands Households are only small entitities but combined they become one of the biggest actors in the economy and play a very big role in the level of societal sustainability The measures and answers look alike for individuals families and municipalities It is about energy efficiency properties and houses that use as little energy as possible green consumption public transport and roads for bicycles eating less meat and more seasonal produce and above all throwing away less food One of the most important things within environment politics is to create hope

    Original URL path: http://www.equalclimate.org/en/whats_being_done+/aland/ (2016-02-09)
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  • EU - NIKK
    women and the environment Read more about EIGE EU Climate Commissioner Hedegaard More information is needed on the connection between gender and climate change Connie Hedegaard the Danish EU Climate Commissioner is one of the trio of the world s leading women working to ensure that gender is a key consideration in climate work Hedegaard s view is that EU consumers are crucial in the fight against climate change but

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  • User Driven Innovation - NIKK
    as technologically incompetent uninterested in science and in general more service oriented Women are under represented in business and in the technological branch women are often found on the lowest paid levels of production lines Men are more likely to be supervisors and directors earn higher salaries and have better opportunities for being creative and innovative 2 In Sweden for example women account for only 25 of researchers in business and only 20 in Norway 3 Men produce 90 of all technological products and services while women influence 80 of all consumption decisions The proliferation of computers has diminished the digital difference between women and men and has made it easier for women to work from home and to create new women owned businesses 4 But using the new technological solutions does require time and money which is not available to everyone in the same degree Diversity in the workplace promotes innovation According to one study diversity has been shown to do the following Creates new successful concepts products and services that incorporate the needs and preferences of both men and women Leads to a higher level of local engagement Increases the share of technology used by women in their daily lives Increases the share of women who own their own businesses Leads to better gender equality in science and technology which in turn creates economic growth through the increase in human capital Furthermore the equal participation of women in science and technology gives them an opportunity to influence the research agenda and thus the kinds of themes that affect women s lives Including only persons of one gender in the planning of for example new medical instruments can lead to the other gender s needs being overlooked According to a study conducted in 2007 by the Council of Technology

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