2023 ADB Gender Forum — 2 Billion Changemakers: Women Leading on Climate Action in Asia and the Pacific


2023 ADB Gender Forum — 2 Billion Changemakers: Women Leading on Climate Action in Asia and the Pacific

21 November 2023 to 22 November 2023

The 2023 Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Gender Forum: 2 Billion Changemakers – Women Leading on Climate Action in Asia and the Pacific was held from 21-22 November 2023 in Manila, Philippines to inform, influence, and inspire action on gender equality and climate change among stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific.

Around 300+ delegates joined from ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs), government agencies, development partners, the private sector, academia, civil society, the media, and women’s organizations involved in gender equality and climate change. It served as a platform to share and promote best practices on gender mainstreaming in climate-related initiatives, inspire innovation among participants, and advance the transformative nexus between Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) on gender equality and SDG13 on climate action.

The 2023 ADB Gender Forum presented an opportunity for partners in both the public and private sectors to showcase their thought leadership and initiatives in gender equality, climate change, and other cross-cutting issues. Partners were able to leverage this dynamic event to increase their visibility and engage directly with ADB stakeholders. The forum provided opportunities for engaging with policymakers, economists, government officials, development practitioners, gender equality and climate change experts, and ADB staff to discuss the latest gender-related developments in policies, project implementation, and research, to explore how these advances can accelerate gender equality in the context of climate action in Asia and the Pacific.

The 2023 ADB Gender Forum followed a four-track sequential structure:

  • Theme 1: Women in the Energy Transition
  • Theme 2: Gender-Responsive Climate Adaptation
  • Theme 3: Women in the Green Economy
  • Theme 4: Gender-Responsive Private Sector-led Climate Action


Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
21 Nov 2023 Keynote Speech
This document links to the full copy of the Keynote Speech delivered byShaila Shahid, 2023 WIN DRR Leadership Awardee.
Shaila Sahid


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