The Hidden Opportunity for Climate Compatible Development

The Aspen Institute

Aspen Global Health and Development, the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, and the U.S. Agency for International Development hosted a dialogue with high-level thought leaders and policymakers to explore the hidden opportunity for climate compatible development. Tony Dokoupil, host of MSNBC Shift’s Greenhouse, moderated the conversation with the Right Honorable Helen Clark, Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme, the Honorable Julia Duncan-Cassell, Minister of Gender and Development of Liberia, and Dr. Jennifer Adams, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health at the U.S. Agency for international Development.

By December 2015, world leaders will finalize a new global agreement to address climate change. Ensuring that gender issues and population dynamics are adequately considered in the agreement is critical to its success and sustainability.

"Climate change exacerbates existing vulnerabilities and inequalities, including those related to gender," said the Right Honorable Helen Clark. "With a new climate change agreement due to be agreed in December, and with a new sustainable development agenda due to be agreed in September, we have a chance to join the dots and press forward on gender equality, women's empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and rights to enable women to play their full role in addressing climate change and other global, national, and local challenges."