COP 22 Closing, Carmen Capriles

Marrakech, Morocco (November, 18, 2016) - Carmen Capriles delivered the final intervention for the COP22, highlighting the key areas where Parties need to work on commitment and ambition. She stated for example, ““Women, youth and Indigenous peoples are telling you that unending growth, over-consumption and privatization entrench structural inequalities. As the climate stakes rise, women human rights defenders protecting their land and water are at risk of being murdered by governments and corporations. Women climate justice activists like me should not be outlawed and criminalized.”

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High Level Segment, Ipul Powaseu

Marrakech, Morocco (November, 17, 2016) - Ipul Powaseu of the Pacific Disability Network addressed the High Level Segment of the COP22, speaking on behalf of the WGC and sharing her own experiences. delivered the final intervention for the COP22, highlighting the key areas where Parties need to work on commitment and ambition. She shared, “I come from a small island in Papua New Guinea and the impacts of climate change are real for me. The shorelines are eroding almost 1 metre every year and for me, this is threatening my way of life, my livelihoods, and even posing greater challenges that as a woman with disability, I am also confronted with. Issues resulting from climate change impacts such as: decreasing food security resulting in malnutrition, decreasing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, reduced access to infrastructure, shelter and basic services and increasing displacement are realities that I, as an indigenous woman with disability, from a small island in the pacific is faced with.”

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Joint Intervention at High Level Dialogue on Finance, Titilope Ngozi Akosa

Marrakech, Morocco (November, 16, 2016) - Ms. Titilope Ngozi Akosa, of the 21st Century Network delivered a joint intervention on Finance on behalf of Youth, Women and Gender, Farmers and Environmental NGO’s. The intervention including 4 key asks related to enhanced ambition, adaptation finance, and accounting measures. The groups also demanded that all climate finance be 100% gender-responsive, as agreed in the Paris Agreement, with all obligations ensuring gender equality integration. The intervention further called for, “Specific measures must be taken to ensure that climate finance will be consistent with existing human rights obligations and maximise poverty eradication commitments. At the same time, adequate public climate finance must be accessible to the world’s farmers so that they can invest in climate-resilient and productive agriculture in the face of an increasingly uncertain future.”

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SBI 45 Opening, Mabel Monica Agba

Marrakech, Morocco (November, 7, 2016) -Mabel Monica Agba, delivered the opening of the SBI addressing three specific agenda items, the extension of the Lima Work Programme on Gender, with a call for the establishment of a Gender Action Plan, capacity building, the composition of the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and National Adaptation Plans. Mabel included a call for, “specific measures to address climate migrants and Internally Displaced Persons. For example, in my region, West Africa, loss of livelihoods due to sea erosion or desertification has led to displacements in some cases to increased violent conflicts.”

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SBSTA 45 Opening, Gertrude Kenyangi

Marrakech, Morocco (November, 7, 2016) - Gertrude Kenyangi, for the opening of the SBSTA, raised concerns about the Sustainable Development Mechanism mandated under the Paris Agreement, noting that previous market-based mechanisms developed under the UNFCCC have failed to reduce GHG emissions and have often caused human and women’s rights violations as well as other environmental harms. The WGC demanded a transformative approach that moves away from the offsetting logic to genuine actions that truly ensures GHG reduction while securing human rights, gender equality, the rights of indigenous peoples and environmental integrity.

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APA 1-2 Opening, Nkiruka Nnaemego

Marrakech, Morocco (November, 7, 2016) - Nkiruka Nnaemego focused the opening intervention of the APA on NDC implementation, raising concerns that current NDCs are inadequate to meet the objectives of the Paris agreement and fail to respect the principles of the convention, in particular CBDR. Additionally, the intervention reiterated that NDCs should include not only elements of the Paris agreement but also elements of the Preamble, in particular, gender equality, human rights, just transitions and the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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COP 22 Opening, Hawa Nibi Amenga-Etego

Marrakech, Morocco (November, 8, 2016) - Hawa Nibi Amenga-Etego delivered the WGC’s opening address to the COP, stating that “While the agreement in Paris may represent a starting point for collective action– the terms are still unclear, the ambition is too low, and the rights of peoples, the ecosystem and the planet have not been secured. People, namely indigenous peoples and local communities, and women in particular are both “at the frontlines of crisis and the frontlines of change.” While the Preamble of the PA mentions the need to respect human rights, gender equality and the rights of indigenous peoples, many environmental defenders have lost their lives fighting to keep the promise of a sustainable world for example Berta Caceres.

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Usha Nair, ADP 2.6 Opening, October 2014

As negotiations towards a new climate agreement commenced in Germany this week, on behalf of the  Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), Ms. Usha Nair called Parties to raise ambitions, prioritize safe and truly sustainable solutions and ensure gender equality and human rights in all climate policies and action.

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