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  1. THE GENDER-ENVIRONMENT NEXUS: INTEGRATING A GENDER LENS IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE POLICIES Dimitra Xynou, Policy Analyst Environment Directorate, OECD
  2. Preliminary work EPOC Survey on integrating gender in environmental policies Gender and environmental statistics Brochure Cohen, G. and M. Shinwell (2020), "How far are OECD countries from achieving SDG targets for women and girls?: Applying a gender lens to measuring distance to SDG targets"
  3. Gender and the Environment report – the need for an integrated policy framework on the nexus • Gender equality and environmental goals are mutually reinforcing; • Gender-disaggregated data across environmental sectors is limited; • Large labour gaps in environment-sensitive sectors remain. Apply an integrated policy framework to leverage the nexus OECD (2021), Gender and the Environment: Building Evidence and Policies to Achieve the SDGs
  4. Country work – the case of Greece The gender-environment nexus is not systematically applied in Greece. 30 Recommendations under 5 target areas: • Gender mainstreaming in environmental and climate policies • Women’s economic empowerment in male-dominated environmental sectors • Women in green innovation • Women in green jobs • Women in green entrepreneurship • Women’s presence in environmental leadership and decision- making • Gender-sensitive environmental justice • Women’s green behaviour • Statistical data and monitoring progress OECD (2022), Empowering Women in the Transition Towards Green Growth in Greece
  5. • Limited presence of gender- sensitive measures in the OECD Green Recovery Database. • No gender-relevant measures found in the agriculture, forestry, maritime transport, air transport, industry or waste management sector categories. • Half of the gender-relevant measures identified relate to skills and training, and R&D subsidies. • Focus on climate change mitigation and air pollution. Gender-sensitive and green measures during the COVID-19 pandemic OECD (2021), "Gender-relevance of policies in the OECD Green Recovery Database" https://data.undp.org/gendertracker/
  6. • Other work  Gender-environment indicators  Women’s leadership in environmental action  Gender equality and climate change adaptation in Latin America and the Caribbean Other work under the gender-environment nexus • Possible future work  Environmental Performance and Green Growth Policy Reviews  Household Consumption (EPIC) Survey  Willingness-to-pay (WTP) to avoid chemicals-related negative health impacts
  7. Supporting Women’s Empowerment through Green Policies and Finance Valentina Bellesi, Policy Analyst, Environment Directorate, OECD
  8. Gender-responsive sustainable finance OECD (2022), Supporting women’s empowerment through green policies and finance • This OECD Policy Paper devoted a chapter on the gender- environment nexus in sustainable finance. Key messages include: o To date, gender- and environment-related considerations have been largely considered in silos, as ‘distinct lenses’ that are integrated separately in a variety of financial instruments and investment approaches. o Making the financial system work for people and the planet requires applying an ‘integrated lens’ that draws connections between environmental objectives and gender equality (and other social) objectives. o Further efforts are needed to create synergies between the environmental, gender and social dimensions of sustainable finance policies.
  9. Gender integration in ESG investing and metrics • Gender-disaggregation of E- metrics and further development of gender metrics in the S and G pillar • Increased transparency and comparability of metrics and methodologies • Mainstreaming gender across all ESG investment strategies • Low transparency of ESG rating methodologies • Limited/incomparable information on metrics and weights • Limited inclusion of gender across the whole range of ESG investment strategies available What’s needed Main challenges
  10. Follow-up, upcoming work OECD is conducting a series of capacity building activities with the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK) on sustainable finance for women’s empowerment in Indonesia  Series of Focus Group Discussions, i.e. workshops to assist OJK’s efforts to ensure that sustainable finance products and services advance women’s empowerment in Indonesia, as part of the OECD Clean Energy Finance and Investment Mobilisation (CEFIM) country programme in Indonesia  Analysis and discussions with local financial institutions and other stakeholders to build capacity and raise awareness on: • The interlinkages between gender-responsive sustainable finance and financial consumer protection, literacy and inclusion • Integrating gender in sustainable finance products and services • Measuring, reporting and disclosing gender and sustainability performance
  11. `z Thank you! For more information, please contact: Dimitra Xynou: Dimitra.xynou@oecd.org Valentina Bellesi: valentina.bellesi@oecd.org
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