UK centers gender equality in international COVID-19 response, 2021 COP26 climate meeting agendas

The UK will put gender equality at the heart of its approach to supporting an international COVID-19 recovery, said UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.

Speaking at the 75th UN General Assembly (UNGA) on October 1, 2020 and on the anniversary of the watershed UN Beijing Declaration on the Status of Women, Raab highlighted the harmful impacts that the COVID-19 crisis has had on gender equality to date, including the surge in gender-based violence and the estimated 20 million girls who are unlikely to return to education.

Raab also noted that the UK will continue to champion twelve years of quality education for every girl in the world and co-lead on the Action Coalition tackling gender-based violence (the Action Coalitions are organized by UN Women). Raab affirmed that the UK will continue to champion women’s rights including their right to access reproductive health, and the government will be using its presidency of the United Nation’s COP26 (the 26th Conference of the Parties, which is the next of the annual global meetings under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) next year to raise attention to how women are being impacted by climate change.

Press release – UK government