COP 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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Ban Ki Moon Farewell Event, Kalyani Raj

Marrakech, Morocco (November, 17, 2016) - Kalyani Raj spoke at the farewell ceremony that civil society organized for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon who leaves office at the end of this year. She thanked the UN Secretary-General for being a force behind significant policy changes. “Civil societies’ inclusion under your leadership has strengthened enormously and we are extremely happy that NGOs have had number of platforms for participation and providing input at every stage.” Additionally she pointed out that in recent years a number of significant gender decisions under the UNFCCC have been approved and thanked the UN Secretary-General for his support concerning these issues.

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Facilitative dialogue on enhancing ambition and support – Assessing the progress in implementing paragraphs 3 and 4 of decision 1/CP.19, Nanna Birk

Marrakech, Morocco (November, 16, 2016) – Nanna Birks from LIFE underlined the importance that especially developed countries must raise ambition, through both mitigation actions and the provision of finance & technology. In this regard she reminded parties that the Doha Amendment still hasn’t been ratified and that urgent action is inevitable. She concluded by stressing that “ambitious and effective climate action is only possible when women’s rights and gender equality are central to mitigation and adaptation actions.”

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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 Closing, Daniela Rangel

Marrakech, Morocco (November, 14, 2016) - Daniela Rangel from Gender Equity in Mexico, on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency, welcomed in the closing of the 45th Session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) the prolongation of the Lima Work Program. She underlined that the Decision on Gender and Climate Change on Agenda item 16 as well as the devising of the Gender Action Plan “will be a step into the systematic integration of gender equality measures to address the climate crisis.” Yet, she denounced that the Decision is lacking commitments to finance the implementation of the Gender Action Plan and misses a reference for the need to guarantee human rights and to ensure a just transition for all.

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SBSTA Closing, Daisy Emoekabu

Marrakech, Morocco (November, 14, 2016) - Daisy Emoekabu delivered the intervention on the 45th session of the SBSTA and stressed her deep concern about marked based mechanism. “We vehemently reject the inclusion of land use in carbon markets. We are particularly upset about the proposals for an international offsetting mechanism for the emissions produced by the aviation industry, probably the most rapidly growing source of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet.” She highlighted the importance of the SBSTA being guided by science and maintaining its integrity as well as the crucial role that agriculture, and land use in general play, especially for women as they are the majority of the world’s food producers.

 

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COP 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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APA 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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SBSTA 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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SBI 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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ACE Workshop on Article 6 of the Convention (Doha Work Programme)

BONN, Germany (May 27, 2016) – Majandra Alejandra Rodriquez Acha, of WEDO, participated on behalf of the WGC in the ACE Workshop on Article 6 of the Convention (Doha Work Programme). Some of the issues the WGC highlighted included:

  • Ensure balance between all elements of Article 6 (we are leaving public participation and public access to information behind)
  • Civil society is already engaging in non-formal education, popular education, community education – how to connect in a way that makes this visible, that is respectful
  • Importance of gender mainstreaming in ensuring access to decision making, policy and education. Cannot adapt and mitigate climate change if 50% of population has obstacles to accessing participation and education
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APA Closing, Olfa Jalessi, May 2016

BONN, Germany (May 26, 2016) – Olfa Jalessi, of GenderCC, in a closing intervention under the APA, insisted on the urgency of transforming the Paris Agreement into efficient climate action, and how integrating gender in all climate actions will help us improve their efficiency, thus helping raise the ambition and accelerate the process. She stated, “every time we apply a gender lens to a climate issue we are sure to provide a more appropriate and more equitable response. For example, with public transport policies: if we want to efficiently curb down the use of individual cars, especially in cities or in and out of cities, we need to take into account the specific needs of women and men and their use and access to transport systems, such as safety concerns.”

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SBI Closing, Shaila Shadid, May 2016

BONN, Germany (May 26, 2016) – Shaila Shadid, of the Gender and Water Alliance in Bangladesh, in a closing intervention for the SBI congratulated the Secretariat on a very engaging and inclusive 2-day workshop on gender-responsive climate policy, which produced a wide variety of recommendations and saw the participation of many Parties. She also recognized progress made by Parties in Conclusions under the SBI which set the stage for a strong set of activities to be outlined in Marrakesh to take forward the important work of the Lima Work Program on Gender– and welcomed that Observers were fully engaged and welcomed in these informal consultations, hoping that this can be a model for other work streams.

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SBSTA Closing, Shaila Shadid, May 2016

BONN, Germany (May 26, 2016) – Shaila Shadid, of the Gender and Water Alliance in Bangladesh, in a closing intervention for the SBSTA addressed that women’s capacity building, contributions, and leadership are central to finding a solution to achieve the principles of Paris Agreement. In order to bring about a paradigm shift towards climate resilient development pathways, globally and in individual countries, all climate change mitigation, loss & damage and adaptation actions need to also pursue broader environmental, social, economic, and development benefits in a gender-responsive way. A clear understanding of gender roles, norms and unequal power relations and how they can be addressed at all phases of water, agriculture and environmental management requires broader attention.

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Intervention on Warsaw Mechanism on Loss & Damage, Shaila Shadid, May 2016

BONN, Germany (May 24, 2016) – Shaila Shadid, of the Gender and Water Alliance in Bangladesh, spoke on the need to improve the capacities of vulnerable groups and to take a gender-sensitive approach in activities that address loss and damage in relation to disaster and climate change. Loss and damage cannot be measured only in terms of physical assets or GDP. Examples of non-economic losses include loss of life, cultural heritage or ecosystem services. Gender differences play double roles in the non-economic losses of climate. First, women often contribute to their families and their communities in non-monetary ways – often termed ‘care work’ (Genanet 2013). Therefore, an assessment of loss and damage that is based only on monetary or financial quantification may not take into account the value of women’s contribution to society. Second, it is possible that loss and damage affects women in developing countries more directly than men, for example, in terms of loss of life, or in relation to nutrition and migration.

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SBI Opening Intervention, Franziska Loibl, May 2016

BONN, Germany (May 17, 2016) – On Tuesday, Franziska Loibl, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) on behalf of the Constituency, provided an intervention at the opening plenary of SBI of the Bonn Climate Change Conference. She reiterated the “importance of technology transfer to developing countries and any technology transfer should be made accessible to women and build on existing traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples, local communities and women, all of which should adhere to the guiding concepts of affordability, safety and appropriateness.”

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APA Opening Intervention, Shaila Shahid, May 2016

BONN, Germany (May 17, 2016) – On Tuesday, Shaila Shahid from the Gender and Water Alliance (Bangladesh) on behalf of the Constituency, provided an intervention at the opening plenary of APA1 of the Bonn Climate Change Conference. She urged “Parties to utilize the platform of the Lima Work Programme on Gender to take forward mandates under the Paris Agreement under adaptation and capacity building- but also critically to ensure that all climate actions are gender-responsive and respect and promote women’s full and effective participation in all climate decision-making.”

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SB44 Opening, Prachi Rao, May 2016

BONN, Germany (May 16, 2016) – On Monday, Prachi Rao from the Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) on behalf of the Constituency, provided an intervention at the opening plenary of the 44th session of the Bonn Climate Change Conference. She called for real, just action, noting that “the terms [of the Paris Agreement] are still unclear, the ambition is too low, and the rights of people and the planet have not been secured.”

 

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High-level segment, Titilope Akosa, COP21

PARIS, France (December 8, 2015) — On Tuesday, Titilope Akosa delivered a statement to the high-level segment of COP21 on behalf of the Constituency. In her intervention she reminded Parties that it is now time to ensure “‘an ambitious and fair agreement”. She stressed that ‘all climate actions, both adaptation and mitigation, must “respect promote, protect and fulfill human rights, gender equality, the rights of indigenous people, intergenerational equity, a just transition and decent work, food security and ecosystem integrity and resilience”.

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