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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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