ABSTRACT

The year 2010 commemorates 15 years since the Beijing Fourth UN Conference on Women, and is 25 years since the implications of environmental conditions for women's well-being were taken up at the World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the UN Decade for Women in Nairobi, 1985. The UN's Forward-Looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women mentions that the ‘deprivation of traditional means of livelihood is most often a result of environmental degradation resulting from such natural and man-made disasters as droughts, floods, hurricanes, erosion, desertification, deforestation and inappropriate land use’(UN 1985, paragraph 224). So, although not brought up explicitly, the notion of climatic changes – with droughts, floods and hurricanes – was already clearly reflected in this outcome document.