At a first glance, the links between the results of the UN negotiations on climate change and gender issues may not be obvious. However, I believe that gender did indeed play a role in these discussions. This was not a role of the first order, but it was nonetheless a significant one. I would like to explain this impression by analysing briefly the three ‘communities’ which have shaped the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Kyoto Protocol. The first community consists of the different countries’ governmental delegations, the most important players in the negotiations. The second community consists of business and its representatives, and the third consists of environmental NGOs.
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