The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is one of the lowest-lying climate-vulnerable atoll nations in the world. It faces substantial risk of climate change impacts, including increasing temperatures, prolonged droughts, and frequent tropical storms, which are not equitably distributed across communities.
Over the past few decades, RMI has made a concerted effort to advance gender equality and human rights across institutions and sectors. Last year, members of World Resources Institute and NAP Global Network helped identify the strengths and challenges of RMI’s climate policies and put forward a set of recommendations to inform the enhancement of RMI’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), National Adaptation Plan (NAP) as well as overall climate action in the country.
Through this event, we will first reflect on the importance of integrating gender equity and human rights into national climate action using theatre of the oppressed exercises. This will be followed by presentations by WRI and NAP Global Network on their gender and human rights analysis for RMI, with a focus on the methodology and frameworks used for the assessment. Then, a representative from RMI will discuss how they plan to move forward towards a gender-just implementation of their climate commitments and strengthen the focus of gender and human rights in their climate action moving forward.