SBI 45 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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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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Facilitative dialogue on enhancing ambition and support, 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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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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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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COP 22 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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Traditional Knowledge and Gender Sensitive Adaptation

Best practices and available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches for understanding and assessing impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

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