“Khartoum is the Capital of Arab Women”

Social Development Undersecretary Addresses a Panel Discussion on Gender and Climate change

Haffiya Abdalla 

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Development, Jamal El-Neel Abdullah, affirmed Sudan’s commitment to international conventions and agreements and sustainable development goals, especially goal 13, noting that women are the most vulnerable to climate change and victims of these changes.

During his address to the panel discussion on gender and climate change, within the framework of Sudan’s presidency of the 41st session of the Arab Women’s Committee under the slogan “Women is a homeland”, which was organized by the National Council for Environment and Natural Resources and in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development on Monday, September 12, in the Hall of the Sudan Academy of Banking Sciences, he said that The Ministry is committed to the recommendations of the panel discussion and their implementation on the ground

The Secretary-General of the National Council for Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Mona Ali Mohamed Ahmed, said that the Sudanese woman is a pillar of her large and small family and a teacher to all societies, and her giving continues always. 

The Secretary-General of the Council indicated the importance of concerted efforts to remove the obstacles that women face, especially in displacement camps. 

She secured a partnership with the Ministry of Social Development to achieve gender equality.

Director of the General Department of Women at the Ministry of Social Development, Souad Dishol, said that the slogan (Women is a Homeland) embodies the greatness of Sudanese women and their role in the development of society, stressing the importance of partnership between institutions to document the concept of climate change.

During the panel discussion, a paper was presented by the environment expert, Dr.Somaya Mohammed El_Sayed on the changes on the changes and their impact on achieving gender equality

 She said climate change is one of the biggest global challenges

 “Climate change” and “global warming” are often used interchangeably but have distinct meanings. Similarly, the terms “weather” and “climate” are sometimes confused, though they refer to events with broadly different spatial- and timescales” Dr.Somaya referred to global efforts on climate change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Kyoto Agreement

She noted that Sudan still faces a challenge in gender equality, as there are differences in equality based on age, family status, marital status, religion, customs, and ethnicity.

She noted that Sudan has signed and ratified many international conventions and protocols, some of which have been included in the country’s national laws.

She also endorsed the Kyoto Protocol and the formation of the National Committee for the Clean Development Mechanism in 2005 and encouraged projects to confront climate change, the most important of which is cooperation with the international community in preserving the environment and limiting the causes of climate change.

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