Born as an in-depth column for the Italian Climate Network in 2015, the “Women, Rights and Climate” initiative has evolved into the Climate and Human Rights Department. The group, coordinated by Chiara Soletti, consultant in the field of human rights and climate, carries out activities aimed at analyzing the link between climate change and human rights, with particular attention to gender issues.

“It is well known that climate change does not affect people in the same way. Women and men perceive and experience this phenomenon in different ways due to cultural expectations towards their gender. The roles, responsibilities and rights assigned to women too often translate into a reality that, in addressing the consequences of climate change, can limit the chances of survival. (…) For these reasons, a gender perspective focused on respect for human rights is a fundamental part of the solution to make climate action inclusive and find effective solutions that allow us to collectively address this phenomenon without leaving anyone behind. ” – Chiara Soletti

Thanks to the work carried out by the Department, in 2017 Italian Climate Network became an official member of the Women and Gender Constituency and contributing to advocacy initiatives for the defense of human rights within the UNFCCC. Among the results obtained so far by the Climate and Human Rights Section are:

  • Integration of human rights principles into the Paris Agreement and subsequent negotiation texts for its implementation (Paris Agreement Rule Book)
  • Adoption of the Gender Action Plan (GAP) during UNFCCC COP23 (2017)
  • Designated representative for the Women and Gender Constituency at the closing plenary of the UNFCCC COP23 (2017), at the question-time with the Presidency of COP24 (2018) and during the session on transparency of the 2021 intermediate negotiations (SB52)
  • Spokesperson for the Women and Gender Constituency at the closing plenary of the UNFCCC COP23 (2017), at the question-time with the Presidency of COP24 (2018) and during the session on the transparency of the intermediate negotiations of 2021 (SB52)
  • Organization of side-events at the UNFCCC including:
    • Voluntary compensations: social and environmental benefits of the Faircarbon proposal / UNFCCC COP21 (2015)
    • Protecting Human Rights, Health and Gender Equality from Climate Change / UNFCCC COP23 (2017)
    • Youth engagement in climate action in the Mediterranean / UNFCCC COP23 (2017)
    • ACE in action: examples of youth leadership on climate change education and awareness creation / UNFCCC SB46 (2017)
    • Climate change impacts and the human right to water / UNFCCC COP24 (2018)
  • Reached 2000+ students with the lesson on Rights and Climate for the Italian Climate Network School project
  • Participated in 30+ webinars, events and interviews on issues related to human rights and climate
  • Editing and publication of the contribution “The transition from a gender perspective” for the publication of AltraEconomia “What is the ecological transition?”

For more information about the Women, Rights and Climate Section you can contact the Section Coordinator, Chiara Soletti, and the team at

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