SBSTA 44 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 44 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 1 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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SBI Closing, Alina Saba, COP21

PARIS, France (December 5, 2015) — On Saturday, Alina Saba from Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) on behalf of the Constituency, provided a statement for the closing of the 43nd Session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). Due to delays in the programme, she was unable to deliver the intervention in person, yet the written statement shared by the UNFCCC Secretariat highlighted that all efforts at COP21 will be “useless if we do not have a gender responsive, binding, agreement and a strong monitoring and implementation mechanism which guarantees that emitting countries meet their obligations to end their harmful emissions, provide reparations and leave us space to develop”.

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SBSTA Closing, Toan Tran, COP21

PARIS, France (December 5, 2015) — On Saturday, Toan Tran from Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) on behalf of the Constituency, provided a statement for the closing of the 43nd Session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). Due to delays in the programme, she was unable to deliver the intervention in person, yet the written statement shared by the UNFCCC Secretariat urged for Parties to implement the Warsaw mechanism as soon as possible and provide compensation to the ones suffering the increasing damage due to global warming and the lack of mitigation action.

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SBI Opening, Kate Cahoon, December 2015

PARIS, France (December 1, 2015) — On Tuesday, Kate Cahoon from GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice, Germany, on behalf of the Constituency, delivered a statement in the opening of the 43nd Session of the Subsidiary Body Implementation (SBI), calling for further progress under the Lima Work Programme on Gender following the first workshop on gender-responsive policy in relation to mitigation actions and technology transfer and development in June. She noted that “in discussions under the new agreement, the linkages between gender and mitigation and technology are still lacking” and therefore  “encouraged Parties to take the lessons learned under this Work Programme into consideration in their deliberations in the ADP”.

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SBSTA Opening, Kalyani Raj, December 2015

PARIS, France (December 1, 2015) — On Tuesday, Kalyani Raj from All India Women’s Conference, India, on behalf of the Constituency, delivered a statement in the opening of the 43nd Session of the Subsidiary Body on Science, Technology and Implementation (SBSTA), calling for safe, affordable and gender-responsive technology development and transfer, a rejection of market-based mechanisms in the new agreement, and progress on gender aspects in other areas of the SBSTA agenda. Drawing on her own experience, she stressed that  ” In India, where 60-70% of the agricultural production is performed by women, their extensive knowledge must also be explicitly recognized in the development of Early Warning Systems to ensure their success. Capacity building to women on the use of communications and other tools should be a priority.”

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COP21 Opening Plenary, Bridget Burns, December 2015

PARIS, France (Dec. 1, 2015)  – On Tuesday, Bridget Burns from Women’s Environmental & Development Organization, USA, held an intervention on behalf of the Constituency in the Joint COP/CMP Opening Plenary. Refering to the ‘act of defiance’ called for by some Heads of State on the previous day, she argued that “a true act of defiance would let us leave this COP committing to a genuinely transformative and binding agreement which challenges dirty economies, political and military systems, and fund renewable and just futures for all.“

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SBI Opening Plenary, Queensley O. Ajuyakpe, June 2015

BONN, Germany (June 1, 2015) — On Monday, Queensley O. Ajuyakpe from Women Environmental Programme, Nigeria, on behalf of the Constituency, delivered a statement in the opening of the 42nd Session of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI), calling for a gender-responsive climate policy related to mitigation action and technology development and transfer. Further, she reiterated the “importance of technology transfer to developing countries and [that] any technology transfer should be made accessible to women and build on existing traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples, local communities and women.”

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SBSTA Opening Plenary, Kalyani Raj, June 2015

BONN, GERMANY (June 1, 2015)– 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 and early warning systems, which take into account the rights and needs of women and men.

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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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SBSTA Closing Plenary, Tess Vistro, June 2015

BONN, Germany (June 11, 2015) — On Thursday , Tess Vistro from Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Philippines, spoke on behalf of the Constituency, and delivered a statement in the closing of the 42nd Session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), calling for tools and solutions which utilise “local and indigenous knowledge systems already in place in communities” and keep women at the forefront of their agenda.

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ADP Closing Plenary, June 2015

BONN, Germany (June 11, 2015) — On Thursday , the Constituency submitted a statement in the closing of the ninth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) calling for “a just and gender-responsive Paris climate agreement that fundamentally will respect and promote human rights and gender equality.”

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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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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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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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