Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment
Statement as Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor
Human Rights Council – 52nd Session
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
Thank you, Special Rapporteur Boyd, for your important report on the disproportionate effects of the climate crisis and environmental degradation on women and girls.
We have seen how climate-related disasters can initiate a domino effect of violence, conflict, and displacement, which particularly affect the safety, health, including maternal health, education, and livelihoods of women and girls in all their diversity.
The United States has adopted a two-pronged approach to the climate crisis that seeks to address its disproportionate effects on women and girls, while at the same time empowering them as leaders in finding solutions and combatting the climate crisis.
To make our collective efforts more successful, we all need to prioritize the empowerment of women, girls, and gender-diverse persons as innovative and effective leaders. This includes Indigenous women and girls, whose knowledge of community needs is indispensable in designing and implementing culturally appropriate solutions.
Mr. Special Rapporteur, how can the United Nations support women and girls as climate leaders across various sectors?
I thank you.