UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (COP28): Side Event

Rising Above the Heat: Forging Women-Led Solutions to Heat Stress

Monday, 4 December 2023, 10:30 am - 11:30 am (Asia/Dubai)
The Resilience Hub, Expo City Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Description

Climate change is increasing the intensity, frequency, and duration of heatwaves in Asia and the Pacific. ADB is launching a 3-year technical assistance project to work with developing member countries to identify and implement adaptation solutions to strengthen women’s resilience to heat stress.

At 1.5C warming, 2.3 billion people could be vulnerable to heat waves, majority in Asia region (South Asia followed by South-East Asia) By 2100, under current emission of greenhouse gasses, 3 of 4 people in the world will be exposed to deadly heat conditions every year.

A focus on increasing women’s resilience to heat stress is critical for policy and practice: estimating how increasing temperatures is impacting women can help establish priorities for climate change adaptation. Studies show that labor losses have been underestimated, comparable to losses from COVID-19, given that some of the sectors most affected are female dominated, countries in the region need to develop responses that will support women to adapt and strengthen their resilience to heat stress.

ADB will invest in knowledge to increase understanding of impacts of heat stress on economies, productivity, health, food security, health, violence, through a gender lens. We will support DMCs in gender responsive heat action planning and identify solutions that governments can invest in and that respond to the needs of women and the poor, who have the least capacity to withstand the impacts of heatwaves.

Resource speakers

Speakers

  • Frederick Kempe, CEO, Atlantic Council
  • Masatsugu Asakawa, President, ADB
  • Hillary Clinton, Secretary, Arsht-Rock Global Ambassador

Panelists

  • Eleni Myrivili, Global Chief Heat Officer, UN-Habitat and Arsht-Rock Resilience Center
  • Sally Capp, Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne
  • Lynda Tabuya, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Fiji

Agenda

Time Session Speakers
10:30 - 10:35 a.m. Welcoming Remarks Frederick Kempe, CEO, Atlantic Council
10:35 - 10:40 a.m. Opening Remarks Masatsugu Asakawa, President, ADB
10:40 - 10:50 a.m. Keynote Speech Hillary Clinton, Secretary, Arsht-Rock Global Ambassador
10:50 - 11:30 a.m. Panel/Open Conversation Hillary Clinton, Secretary, Arsht-Rock Global Ambassador
Eleni Myrivili, Global Chief Heat Officer, UN-Habitat and Arsht-Rock Resilience Center
Sally Capp, Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne
Lynda Tabuya, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Fiji

Event organizers / partners

Contact

Zonibel Woods (Ms)
Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)
Asian Development Bank