Feminist climate activism in 2020: dates, submission deadlines and information


A new year has got started and we hope that 2020 will raise ambition and bring us closer towards a feminist, just and 1.5°C world!

In this post you will find key important dates, submission deadlines and information to build up strong feminist climate activism in 2020.

2020 is filled with major milestones also outside the UNFCCC bubble having the 25 year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 75 year anniversary of the UN amongst others.

The following are key important dates for 2020’s climate action advocacy:

 

Calls for Submission under the UNFCCC:

Due January 30, issue: Research and Systematic Observation

Views on possible topics and considerations for the meetings of the research dialogue to be held in conjunction with SBSTA 52 (June 2020), and beyond.

Due February 15, issue: Action for climate empowerment

1) Information on steps taken to implement the Doha work programme and in relation to Action for Climate Empowerment, including activities and results, best practices, lessons learned, and emerging gaps and needs, as well as recommendations and views on future work to enhance the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement

2) Information on their activities to support the implementation of the Doha work programme and Action for Climate Empowerment, as well as recommendations and views on future work to enhance the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement

3) Views on the agenda for the 8th in-session Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment, which will advance the discussions on ways to enhance the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement, following the review of the Doha work programme.

(Call for evidence) Due February 28, issue: Information and data for the preparation of the 2020 Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance Flows 

The Standing Committee on Finance has initiated the preparation of the 2020 Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance Flows, and is looking for evidence on:

  • Methodological issues relating to measuring, reporting, and verifying climate finance flows;
  • Data on climate-related finance flows, and
  • Assessment of the effectiveness of climate finance flows, including drivers, impact results, meeting needs, and access
  • Information relevant to Article 2, paragraph 1(c) of the Paris Agreement.

(Call for evidence) Due February 28, issue: Information and data for the preparation of the 2020 Report on the determination of the needs of developing country Partiesrelated to implementing the Convention and the Paris Agreement

The SCF has initiated the preparation of the 2020 report on the determination of the needs of developing country Parties, and is looking for evidence in accordance with the outline approved at its 21st meeting (see Annex), including on:

  • Information and data on the needs of developing country Parties;
  • Processes and approaches utilized for the determination of needs of developing country Parties;
  • Underlying assumptions and methodologies; and
  • Challenges, gaps and opportunities.

Due March 31, issue: Gender and climate change

Lessons learned among Parties that have integrated gender into national climate policies, plans, strategies and action and on the actions that Parties are taking to mainstream gender in any updates thereto

This call for submissions is part of priority area D: gender-responsive implementation and means of implementation, activity D.6 Exchange information on lessons learned among Parties that have integrated gender into national climate policies, plans, strategies and action, as appropriate (e.g. information on results, impacts and main challenges), and on the actions that Parties are taking to mainstream gender in any updates thereto, as appropriate

Due March 31, issue: Dialogue on the ocean and climate change

Inputs to inform the dialogue on the ocean and climate change to consider how to strengthen mitigation and adaptation action in this context

Due March 31, issue: Dialogue on the relationship between land and climate change adaptation related matters

Inputs to inform the dialogue on the relationship between land and climate change adaptation related matters, not intervening in other processes under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, including those carried out under the SBSTA.

Due March 31, issue: Methodologies for reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of adaptation and support

Methodologies for reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of adaptation and support – submissions to the Adaptation Committee and the Least Developed Countries Expert Group

Due April 19, issue: Koronivia road map under the Koronivia joint work on agriculture

Submissions from Parties and observers on: Topic 2(e) – Improved livestock management systems, including agropastoral production systems and others, and Topic 2(f) – Socioeconomic and food security dimensions of climate change in the agricultural sector

Due August 14, issue: Earth Information Day 2020

Views from Parties and relevant organizations on possible themes for the Earth Information Day in 2020 to be held in conjunction with SBSTA 53 (November 2020), and those in subsequent years

Due September 27, issue: Koronivia road map under the Koronivia joint work on agriculture

Submissions from Parties and observers on future topics not listed in decision 4/CP.23 and views on the progress of the Koronivia joint work on agriculture in order to report to the Conference of the Parties as per decision 4/CP.23, paragraph 4

 

Activities to be implemented from the Gender Action plan during SB52

Priority area A: Capacity-building, knowledge management and communication

Activity A.2: Discuss and clarify the role and the work of the national gender and climate change focal points, including through providing capacity-building, tools and resources, sharing experience and best practices, workshops, knowledge exchange, peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and coaching

Leading: Secretariat
Contributing: national gender and climate change focal points, relevant organizations, Parties
Deliverables: In-session workshop
Outputs: Recommendations on the role of the national gender and climate change focal point


Priority area D: Gender-responsive implementation and means of implementation

Activity D.6 Exchange information on lessons learned among Parties that have integrated gender into national climate policies, plans, strategies and action, as appropriate (e.g. information on results, impacts and main challenges), and on the actions that Parties are taking to mainstream gender in any updates thereto, as appropriate

Leading: Secretariat
Contributing: national gender and climate change focal points, relevant organizations
Deliverables: In-session workshop on lessons learned and actions taken in any updates and until SB53 (2020)
Outputs: Informal workshop report


Activities to be implemented from the Gender Action plan during COP26

Priority area C: Coherence

Activity C.3 Strengthen coordination between the work on gender considerations of the subsidiary bodies under the Convention and the Paris Agreement and other relevant United Nations entities and processes, in particular the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as applicable

Leading: Secretariat
Contributing: Parties, constituted bodies, relevant organizations
Deliverables/Outputs: In-session dialogue on Gender Day focused on one thematic area relevant to the Convention and the Paris Agreement to promote coherence reflecting multidimensional factors


 

About the Women and Gender Constituency 

The Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) is one of the nine stakeholder groups of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Established in 2009, the WGC now consists of 29 women’s and environmental civil society organizations, who are working to ensure that women’s voices and their rights are embedded in all processes and results of the UNFCCC framework, for a sustainable and just future, so that gender equality and women’s human rights are central to the ongoing discussions. As the WGC represents the voices of hundreds and thousands of people across the globe, members of the Constituency are present at each UNFCCC meeting and intersessional to work alongside the UNFCCC Secretariat, governments, civil society observers and other stakeholders to ensure that women’s rights and gender justice are core elements of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Check out our website where you can find past interventions, position papers and more. You can also follow us on Twitter.

About the co-focal points of the Constituency

The Co-Focal Points of the Women and Gender Constituency are largely responsible for the facilitation of the exchange of information between members of the constituency, observer organizations and the secretariat. The current Co-Focal Points are Ms. Bridget Burns and Ms. Ndivile Mokoena who can be contacted via the WGC website

Funding Opportunities: The WGC will have funding to provide support 5 advocates for attendance of SB sessions and COP26. A call for applications will be sent separately.