UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women promotes the advancement of human rights and gender equality is at the heart of UN Women’s work globally. On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force. The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The SDGs are interrelated and speak strongly to the importance of sustainable environmental development as is reflected in SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 15.
The islands of the Caribbean are not considered to be major global producers of greenhouse gases. Yet, they are among the planet’s most vulnerable countries regarding climate change and the impacts of climate change such as disasters. According to the IPCC Climate Change can be defined as “A change in the climate that persists for decades or longer, arising from either natural causes or human activity”. The impacts of Climate Change include sea level rise, extreme storm events and droughts, coastal erosion, inundation, saltwater intrusion into groundwater systems in low-lying atolls, coral bleaching, ecosystem destruction, ocean acidification, adverse effects on crops and fisheries and increases in vector-borne diseases.
Climate change and disasters affect women and men, girls and boys differently, with many women experiencing heightened risks and impacts from the effects of disasters and climate change and variability. Situations of crisis, such as those caused by disasters and climate change, exacerbate pre-existing gender inequalities and compound intersecting forms of discrimination that affect some women and men to a different degree or in different ways than men or other women.
Disaster risk reduction has been defined ( according by UNISDR) as, “ the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyse and manage the causal factors of disasters, including through reduced exposure to hazards, lessened vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment and improved preparedness for adverse events.
The impact of climate change directly affects livelihoods in the Caribbean, particularly women and men who are involved in agriculture and depend on the natural environment for their economic security. Given the high vulnerability in the Caribbean to economic shocks and natural disasters, equitable access to social protection becomes paramount in order to strengthen resilience against the impact of these events.
Experience shows that the resiliency of households and communities depends greatly on the resilience of women. Social, economic and environmental policies, programmes and finance, therefore, need to incorporate and benefit from this know-how, while also supporting women and their families as they face today’s unprecedented challenges to sustainable development.
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Objectives of the Assignment
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO – Caribbean Representative the consultant will be contracted to support UN Women in strengthening its programmes and tools on the impacts of climate change and disaster risk resilience.
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The consultant contracted will be required to sign a statement of confidentiality and freedom from any conflict of interest with potential future contractors with respect to the TORs and work that they will be delivering.
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