A new platform has been established to bring together women in climate change and energy at the Conference on Women in Armenia for Climate and Energy held in Yerevan on December 26th.
The conference was organized by Women in Climate and Energy NGO with the support of UNDP Climate Change Programs. Nune Sakanyan, Chair of Women in Climate and Energy NGO, said: "Increasing women's participation and leadership in climate change discussions now more than ever is essential to ensuring a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for all."
The conference consisted of three panel discussions. First Deputy Minister of Environment Irina Ghaplanyan, National Assembly MP Mary Galstyan, UNDP Climate Change Program Coordinator Diana Harutyunyan and UNDP Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Program Coordinator Natalia Harutyunyan participated in the first panel discussions. They emphasized the role of women in the process of climate change. They touched upon the institutional and behavioral changes needed to engage women in these processes.
The second panel discussion was devoted to the issues raised by climate and energy NGOs. What are the reasons why women's participation in climate action is needed and what activities should young women pursue in these areas? Inga Zarafyan, President of EcoLur Informational NGO, Nune Sarukhanyan, President of Green Path Agriculture Support NGO, Astghine Pasoyan, Director of Energy Saving Foundation, and Nune Harutyunyan, Director of Caucasus Regional Environmental Center, delivered speeches on these topics.
The third panel discussion was dedicated to the effective participation of young women in climate and energy problem-solving processes. The discussion was attended by Head of Tariff Policy Development Programs of Public Services Regulatory Commission Gayane Kolyan, the representative of FAST Foundation, young scientist Astghik Hakobyan, the representative of Women in Climate and Energy NGO Hasmik Barseghyan, Eco Step Solar Energy Company and Eco Step Solar Energy Solutions. The youngest participant in these three discussions, Tsaghik Karoyan, aged 17, is the head of “KATIL” Initiative in Ayrum community.
"We aim to support and unite women and youth active in energy and climate change by creating such platforms to discuss sectorial issues, offer solutions, build partnerships and, in this way, participate in public policy-making and decision-making processes," Nune Sakanyan, President of Women in Climate and Energy NGO summed up.
Phot Credit: UNDP in Armenia FB Page
December 27, 2019 at 14:48