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.