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With 195 parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

In September 2012, the UN announced that the Rockefeller Foundation had awarded a grant to the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat to launch, Momentum for Change: Women for Results, an initiative to inform governments, the media and the public about “the role of women in solving climate change”. According to the announcement: “The use of efficient energy systems at the household level (e.g. solar cooking stoves and ovens) can reduce emissions and harness the potential of women as actors in the overall solution to climate change.” The mention of solar cookers in the Rockefeller Initiative may help to raise the profile of and attract additional funding for existing and future solar cooking projects.

“Women are often the most likely to suffer as a result of climate change, but are also often on the front lines to responding to these impacts for their homes and their families,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation. “As we see our changing climate increasingly impacting livelihoods, from food security to health, from poverty to education, it is critical that we work together to build the resilience of the poorest and most vulnerable populations, especially women and girls."

Momentum for Change aims to create a public platform that raises awareness about concrete mitigation and adaptation actions being implemented by a wide range of stakeholders at regional, national, or local level. Momentum for Change seeks to demonstrate the multiple benefits of addressing climate change and to transform misperceptions surrounding taking action on climate change.

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Momentum for Change Women for Results Trailer

  • February 2013: Momentum for Change: Call for applications - Applications will be accepted beginning 8 March 2013, International Women’s Day. The Momentum for Change: Women for Results will highlight activities that best meet the following basic criteria:
    • The activity seeks to address increasing resilience to, or mitigating climate change by focusing on the role of women in communities and their capacity to make change;
    • The activity empowers women in their role with the potential to improve their livelihoods and that of their families and communities;
    • The activity has already been implemented and is currently delivering concrete results in the area of increasing resilience to, or mitigating, climate change;
    • The activity is scalable, replicable and demonstrates elements of innovation;
    • The activity is not associated with the UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) or Joint Implementation (JI) schemes.
  • September 2012: UN partners with the Rockefeller Foundation to showcase women’s role - The Rockefeller Foundation three-year grant will support activities to inform governments, media and the public at large about the role of women in solving climate change. Momentum for Change: Women for Results builds upon the results of Momentum for Change: Urban Poor, which was launched during last year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, to highlight public-private partnerships addressing climate change that benefit the urban poor. Read more...

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United Nations Climate Change Secretariat
Luis Dávila, Programme Officer
Martin Luther King Strasse
53175 Bonn

Tel.: +49 (0) 228-815-1137