The Biden administration is pushing countries to “accelerate” their climate action and spending $3 billion in taxpayer dollars as a pledge to climate and “gender equity” funds, the White House announced Saturday.
At the Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, the White House vowed to spend $3 billion to help its international partners “mobilize finance at the pace and scale required.” Vice President Kamala Harris officially announced the move during her remarks at the COP28 conference where she also laid the groundwork for “a series of new, historic actions across every sector of the economy, including energy supply, transportation, and buildings – all while advancing environmental justice and promoting climate resilient communities.”
“The U.S. is committed to expanding international climate finance,” Harris said. “I am proud to announce a new $3 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund to help developing countries access capital to invest in resilience, clean energy, and nature-based solutions.”
Buried deep in the White House fact sheet are commitments to advancing “gender equity amid climate change,” which include an additional $449 million for new programs such as Global Girls Creating Change, a program that seeks to give 900 girls and young women in 29 different countries “professional opportunities in the sustainable economy.”
The White House said the Rockefeller Foundation will be committing $25 million to the Co-Impact Gender Fund, seeking to “advance gender equity amid climate change.” The UPS Foundation is also committing $3 million to the Climate Gender Equity Fund “to foster a greener world and create economic opportunities for women.”
The White House’s fact sheet on the initiative credited the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which were passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden over the past two years, for pushing the U.S. toward reaching its emissions target dictated by the Paris Climate Agreement. After getting into the White House, Biden immediately rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement a few months after former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the accord in 2020.
The Paris Climate Agreement emphasizes “gender equality” and “international equity” in its preamble, stating, “Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity.”
The U.N. also focuses on gender in its climate policy, claiming, “Gender is a relevant point of analysis for developing and implementing climate policy and action.” The U.N. also states that “gender is socially constructed,” adding that a “gender-responsive approach” to climate policy “is critical to understanding vulnerability and to effectively adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change.”