4th Engendering International Conference. 5-6 November 2015. Istanbul, Turkey
ENGENDERING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
The Conference Engendering the Sustainable Development Agenda will explore how gender issues intersect with the global sustainability agendas, by
exploring feminist perspectives of architecture and urban planning practices, as well as the gender dimensions of mitigation and adaptation to climate change. 2015is a very important year for sustainable development in the world. The 17 SDGs and 169 accompany targets approved by the United Nations General Assembly in September will provide a holistic framework applicable to all countries. In December, the world’s governments will adopt a new global agreement on climate change.
The 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will agree on the rules for a new mitigation and adaptation regime.
Earlier in March, the UN Commission on the Status of Women celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Beijing World Women’s Conference in which gender mainstreaming was recognized as a main tool for promoting gender equality in all elds of policy.
When it comes to consider the gender dimensions of development and sustainability, the focus of international organizations is normally limited to social aspects–sexual violence, access to land, health, education, or economic empowerment of women, and the like. This limitation can be observed in how gender
issues have been integrated into the SDGs and targets. Goals # 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, all of which address key areas of urban development and building (water and sanitation, clean and affordable energy, industry, innovation and infrastructure, consumption and production, climate action), do not properly integrate gender dimension into their targets and indicators.
The Conference Engendering the Sustainable Development Agenda will focus on gender perspectives in critically important areas for sustainable development, including professional and institutional architectural and planning practices. This focus will provide tools and new perspectives geared to fully encompass the implications for gender equality of development processes, including energy, infrastructure, and city building.