As many of you no doubt noticed, all last week Taylor posted about the intersection of gender and the environment. Today (as Taylor foreshadowed) is Gender Day at the COP and it began with the launch of the Results of the Environment and Gender Index. I started my day by attending the launch breakfast, where I heard from Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of UNCCD, and Ana Chichava, Deputy Minister for Coordination of Environmental Affairs in Mozambique.
The EGI is the first of its kind, looking at gender equality in the environmental sector and where improvements are needed. The motivations of the study were to “move beyond lip service” and provide countries with actual data to enable them to (or maybe more aptly goad them into) put actual policies in place. The purposes of the EGI include: monitoring the implementation of global commitments; promoting transparency and accountability; expanding access to environmental information; increasing aid effectiveness; and demonstrating that measurement is possible.
The EGI itself scored and ranked 72 countries looking at 27 dimensions in six categories (ecosystem, gender based education & assets, governance, country reported activity, livelihood, and gender based rights & participation). Iceland ranked number 1. The US is number 14 (due to its lower performance on women in policy-making positions). Panama was the highest ranking Latin American country. South Africa was the highest ranking African country. See the full report here.