Calls for climate and gender justice as COP28 nears conclusion

12 December 2023

Today marks the final scheduled day of the COP28 summit, where Plan International has been represented by a delegation of staff members and youth advocates from around the world.

As the summit draws to a close, Kathleen Sherwin, Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer for Plan International said:

“As we approach the end of COP28, it is more important than ever that world leaders collectively commit to bold action to tackle the climate crisis. The climate crisis is the biggest intergenerational and social injustice of our time. It is already having profound consequences on children’s lives, especially girls – who are already missing school, being forced to flee their homes because of unprecedented extreme weather or being placed at greater risk of gender-based violence.”

“COP28 is too important to fail. Failure to reach a comprehensive, inclusive deal will have far-reaching and profound consequences for human rights, children’s rights and gender equality. We need a deal that places children, especially girls, at the centre of climate decision making and action, and guarantees them meaningful participation in future climate policy. Time is running out for COP28 leaders to step up for climate and gender justice.”