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31st Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women (KCAW 2020)
October 8, 2020 1:30 PM-3:30 PM (JST/GMT+9)
Zoom Webinar

Climate Change and Gender


The 31st Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women (KCAW 2020) will focus on climate change and gender. It will consider how well to promote gender equality and gender-responsive capacity building in mitigating climate change as called for by the Paris Agreement, which has just become effective this year. Goals 5 and 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)1 as well as the Paris Agreement will be discussed.

KCAW 2020 invites Kunzang Lhamu, Director of the National Commission for Women and Children at the Royal Government of Bhutan, to discuss and share Bhutan’s gender-responsive climate initiatives. As the keynote speaker, she will present challenges and measures related to Bhutan’s efforts to mainstream gender in the climate sector. Bhutan is known as a country of happiness with Gross National Happiness (GNH) instituted as the nation’s philosophy and policy direction of development in lieu of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is also one of the most environmentally advanced countries in the world; the country has a net sink of greenhouse gases thanks to its large forest cover and its active efforts to remain carbon neutral.

In addition, two community-based organizations (CBOs) from Japan will present their efforts and achievements to mitigate climate change or to provide gender-responsive shelters during the rehabilitation phase of natural disasters.


SDG 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”

  SDG 13: “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.” The Goal 13 acknowledges that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.


Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020


Location: Online via Zoom Webinar


Free live screening will also be available at the Kitakyushu Municipal Gender Equality Center MOVE, Large Seminar Room (5F).

Live screening at MOVE may become cancelled depending on the spread of COVID-19.


Program: 13:30-13:35 Opening Remarks
Kitakyushu City Mayor


13:35-14:15 Climate Change and Gender: Challenges and Measures in Bhutan (interview)
Kunzang Lhamu, Director of the National Commission for Women and Children, Royal Government of Bhutan 
Interviewer: Mitsuko Horiuchi, President of KFAW 
[English/Japanese simultaneous interpretation provided]


14:15-14:25 Initiatives by the City of Kitakyushu 
Emiko Murakami, Director of Business Promotion, Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society  
[Japanese/English simultaneous interpretation provided]

14:25-14:35 Question and Answer Session




14:40-15:03 CBO Presentations

1. Coping with natural disasters
Kimiko Ōba, Director of KIZUNA Asakura Disaster Support Center for Mothers and Children

2. Efforts to reduce global warming
Ryoko Kizawa, Director of NPO GENKI Net for Creating a Sustainable Society

15:03-15:15 Question and Answer Session


15:15 Closing Remarks


Capacity: Zoom Webinar: 90 people 500 people

The capacity for Zoom webinar has been increased in order to accommodate the unexpected number of registrations.

Live screening at MOVE: 50 people
(Language of screening: Japanese)


Registration form
Register by October 1, 2020, by completing this registration form. (Also accessible from the QR code on this page)
  • Places are limited.  First come, first served.
  • No registration fee is required.
Please address any inquiries to:


Nursery service: Available for viewers at the live screening at MOVE
  • Eligibility: Pre-school children over 6 months old
  • Fee: JPY 500 per child


Zoom Webinar:
  • Zoom will be used as the platform for the webinar.
  • A link to access the webinar will be emailed by October 6.
  • All the presentations will be delivered online.
  • Registered participants may view the conference online (Zoom Webinar) or attend a free live screening at Kitakyushu Municipal Gender Equality Center MOVE.


Archival streaming A video of the conference, with English or Japanese subtitles, will be available online at a later date.  Detailed information will be posted on our website as soon as they become available.


In case of a discrepancy between the Japanese and English versions of this web page, the version in Japanese will prevail.

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