SBI Closing Plenary, Queensley O. Ajuyakpe, June 2015

BONN, Germany (June 11, 2015) — On Thursday , Queensley O. Ajuyakpe from Women Environmental Programme, Nigeria, on behalf of the Constituency, delivered a statement in the closing of the 42nd Session of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI), calling for  “a just and gender-responsive climate agreement in Paris that is equitable, ambitious and provides us with binding adaptation and mitigation commitments in line with the principles of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR).”

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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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Bridget Burns, Informal Dialogue with Incoming COP Presidency, Bonn, June 2014

“We make a strong call to the COP Presidency to ensure that the principles of gender equality and the human rights are fully incorporated in Lima’s outcomes under the ADP. Furthermore, in Lima, we look for concrete progress under the COP agenda item on Gender and Climate Change- taking forward Party recommendations from the Warsaw Conclusions, which included workshops to further incorporate a gender lens across aspects of climate policy; and monitoring and reporting of implementation of gender-sensitive climate actions by Parties.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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