Women are more than 50% of the world's population but are still a minority in positions of political and economic power. The latest "Map of Women's Participation in Politics" by UN Women and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), says only 23% of legislative posts are held by women, and this is growing by only 1% a year. Progress is also slow in the private sector. Only 6% of the Fortune 500 companies are run by women.
People fly to the moon, they install equipment on Mars or distant planets, but no scientist was ever able to prevent a thunderstorm. How could one explain these unsettling light and thunder rumbles? Scientists know a bit of whatever it is that happens up there, but not everything, because thunderstorms are highly complicated.
Every day, we are fully immersed in the weather systems that surround us. Over sustained periods of time it is these same weather systems that lead, ultimately, to broader changes in our climate. Climate change, therefore, is just our everyday weather experiences colliding with a broader, global reality.
Climate change presents the single biggest threat to sustainable development everywhere and its widespread, unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable.
Urgent action to halt climate change and deal with its impacts is integral to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).