Sabine Bock, High Level Ministerial, Bonn Intersessional, June 6th

“We stand firm that high-risk technologies that create irreversible damage to our health and the planet, such as nuclear, shale gas, geo‐engineering or the like, are not acceptable. These activities have to be kept out of a 2015 agreement which instead should focus on bottom-up approaches that benefit people and communities, respect rights, enhance resilience, reduce current and future emissions and facilitate the genuine transformation that is a requirement for truly sustainable development and climate protection.”

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Andrea Quesada, SBSTA Opening Plenary, June 2014

“In these past months SBSTA has made substantial progress integrating gender in some of its agenda items. Particularly, the Constituency welcomes the report of technical expert meeting on available tools for the use of indigenous knowledge and practices for adaptation, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation considered under agenda item 3 on the Nairobi Work Programme….Lastly, all land sector and land use negotiations should recognize and incorporate gender as a crucial crosscutting issue; recognize women as stakeholders with unique needs, preferences and contributions; focus on resources on/from land, and not the land itself; and ensure that actions proposed are based on a gender-responsive approach.”

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Bridget Burns, ADP Opening Plenary, June 2014

“The Constituency views this session as an important moment for articulating with Parties how gender equality can be appropriately integrated into the new agreement. Examples from the integration of gender into the Green Climate Fund architecture as well as strong language in the Cancun agreements on human rights and gender equality provide precedents and models to review in considering options. The Constituency members are committed to work and support Parties on this articulation at this sessions.”

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Carmen Capriles- SBI Opening Plenary, June 2014

Comments and recommendations for Parties to consider in the areas of adaptation, mitigation, capacity building and participation. “where the SBI reviews work on mitigation and technology, we remind Parties that mitigation policies in general, and for the energy and transport sectors in particular, should build on gender sensitive methodologies to address the energy and transportation needs of women and men, while improving their wellbeing, access to basic services and access to markets.”

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Lourdes Barragan, TEM on Land Use, June 2014

“Women are the majority of the world’s subsistence agricultural producers, poor livestock keepers and involved in natural resource management. Women play an essential role in land use in general and future land sector and land use negotiations should recognize them as rights holders with unique needs, preferences and contributions and ensure that actions proposed are based on a gender-responsive approach that recognizes the gender-differentiated use of, access to, and control of the land resources provided through land use.”

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COP20 Opening Plenary, Carmen Capriles

On Monday, December 1st, Carmen Capriles, Reaccion Climatica, Bolivia, on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency, delivered a strong statement at the opening of the 20th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC, calling for full and equal participation, human rights, and gender equality as essential to achieving progress and climate change– alongside real and ambitions commitments by Countries to combat this planetary emergency.

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SBSTA Opening, Kalyani Raj, COP20

On Monday, Kalyani Raj from All India Women’s Conference, on behalf of the Constituency, delivered a statement in the opening of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), calling for safe, nuclear-free, low carbon technologies which take into account the rights and needs of women and men.

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SBI Opening Plenary, Gertrude Kenyangi, COP20

At the Opening of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI), Ms. Gertrude Kenyangi from Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment, Uganda, called for further strengthening gender-sensitive climate policy via a new decision under the agenda item on gender and climate change. 

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ADP Opening Plenary, Mrinalini Rai, COP20

As negotiations opened on the new Paris Agreement here in Lima, at COP20, the WGC reminded Parties that we need ambition, real solutions and recognition of human rights, gender equality and the rights of future generations.

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SBSTA Closing Plenary, Kalyani Raj, COP20

LIMA, PERU (December 6, 2014)– At the closing of the SBSTA at COP20, Kalyani Raj reminded Parties that low – and especially no-carbon – technologies play an important role in adaptation and mitigation actions, but only if they are safe, nuclear-free, based on the the needs and benefits of women and men, respecting human rights, enhancing resilience, reducing current and future emissions and facilitating a genuine transformation leading to truly sustainable development and climate protection. CCS is not one of them.

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SBI Closing Plenary, Mirna Inés Fernández, COP20

LIMA, PERU (December 5, 2014)– As the SBI came to a close in Lima, the Women and Gender Constituency reacted to progress on a new work programme to support implementation of gender-responsive climate policy. Mirna Inés Fernández of Bolivia, underscored the critical importance of gender equality to climate policy.

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High-Level Segment Closing, Usha Nair, COP20

LIMA, PERU (December 11, 2014)– Presenting at the close of the High-Level Segment at COP20, WGC co-Focal Point Usha Nair delivered a strong statement on behalf of the Constituency, calling all Parties to support gender equality and climate justice!

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COP20 Closing Statement, Marina Parvin

LIMA PERU (December 14, 2014)-- At the close of COP20, two days behind schedule, Carmen Capriles delivered the statement prepared by Marina Parvin, from the Indigenous Mundas community in Bangladesh and representing the Asian Pacific Forum for Women in Law and Development (APWLD), to bleary-eyed delegates around 3:00 AM in the closing moments of the extended negotiating session:

“I have travelled all the way from Bangladesh, leaving my home and family, hoping to see a commitment to an effective and equitable new agreement that is binding, ambitious and transformative; a commitment to uphold human rights, gender equality, and the rights of future generations.”

Parvin continued: “It pains me that when I go back, I will tell my people that wealthy governments just talked about which lands will be lost, communities displaced, cultures destroyed and which lives are less important.”

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Sabine Bock of WECF speaks at the opening of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform

Intervention on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency calling for ambitious and specific measures, and the exclusion of high risk and damaging technology and energy sources.

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Sabine Bock of WECF speaks at the 2nd meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform

Intervention on the role of public particiaption, the risks of nuclear energy, poverty elimation and funding windows for women to enable women to contribute to strong climate mitigation and adapation

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