Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley at the Climate Ambition Summit

Live From the UN General Assembly: The Climate Ambition Summit | Why So Few Women Leaders

The Global Dispatches podcast is teaming up with the United Nations Foundation for a special daily series during the 78th United Nations General Assembly. You can listen to this episode and our full UNGA series wherever you get your podcasts by searching for Global Dispatches–World News That Matters, or following this link.

Throughout this week there has been a notable lack of female leaders. By my count just seven of the 99 Presidents or Prime Ministers to address the General Assembly were women.  This is a recurring issue in every UN General Assembly I’ve covered since 2005. In our second segment today, I discuss the issue of women’s political representation with Hibaaq Osman, founder and CEO of Karama a movement working in the Arab Region on ending violence against women and promoting women’s political participation.

For our first segment, I speak with Pete Ogden, Vice President for Climate and the Environment at the United Nations Foundation. The Climate Ambition Summit convened on Wednesday by Antonio Guterres was the centerpiece of climate diplomacy at UNGA this year. Pete Ogden explains what happened at that summit and how events at the UN and throughout New York this week are helping to shape the outcome of the next major moment in climate diplomacy, COP28, which kicks off in Dubai in late November.