COP26 Closing Plenary


During the Closing of COP26 on 13th November Mwanahamisi Singano disclosed the shortcomings of COP26 and welcomed the world to Egypt. While reminding that when you plan your travel to COP27; hypocrisy, false solutions, rhetoric and inaction are strictly prohibited. Read more about the WGC’s assessment in the intervention.


COP26 Resumed High-Level Segment


During the resumed High-Level Segment of COP26 on 11th November, Zainab Yunusa called out state leaders to deliver real actions for transformative and gender-just solutions that embody human rights.


COP26 Intervention Stocktaking Plenary II, Floridea


On 11th November Floridea di Ciommo delivered this intervention at the second Stocktaking Plenary. She demanded that the COP cover decision must be clearly improved concerning ambitious NDCs, targets referring to “net zero” to not undermine the 1.5° goal, and the language on “Nature Based Solutions” – instead the focus should be on ecosystem-based Approaches… Read More


COP26 Intervention Stocktaking Plenary, Regina


Regina Banks delivered this intervention at the Stocktaking Plenary (November 8, 2021). She shared our demands: we need climate finance to address loss and damage, and adaptation. However, no decision remains better than a bad decision. Human rights need to be safeguarded, we need to stop ‘business as usual’, greenwashing & false solutions. Linked here.


COP26 Closing Intervention SBSTA, Cathy


Cathy delivered this Closing Intervention of the SBSTA on behalf of the Women & Gender Constituency (6 November 2021). She urged Parties to make rights & equality red lines in negotiations. She also shared reflections & demands on Indigenous Peoples’ rights, Article 6, technology mechanisms, ACE Work Programme and false solutions.   Linked here.


COP26 Closing Intervention SBI, Pat


At the Closing Session of the SBI (6 November 2021), Pat Bohland delivered this intervention. She reflected on the lack of gender-responsive, intergenerational and rights-based approach in negotiations. In the intervention she also touched upon challenges for Observers’ access. She called on Parties to work on achieving Paris Promises in next week’s decisions. Linked here.


Joint Opening Intervention COP26, SBSTA and SBI, Babitha


At COP26 in Glasgow, Babitha delivered this opening intervention on behalf of the WGC (31 October 2021). She called on Parties to get to work on achieving climate justice. She shared demands for safeguarding human rights, as they are drivers of ambition and effective climate action. Linked here.


COP26 Intervention Open Dialogue 4 November 2021


On November 4, 2021, the Women & Gender Constituency’s Gina Cortés Valderrama delivered this intervention. She made an urgent call for increase of ambition and action. She shared demands for gender targets in NDCs, NAPs, gender-responsive climate finance, and warned for the the false promises of nature-based solutions.   Linked here.


PreCOP26 Joint Intervention


Milan, Italy (September 30, 2021) – Gina Cortes Valderrama delivered an intervention to the PreCOP26 behalf of five diverse rights-based constituencies- Women and Gender, Trade unions, Indigenous Peoples, Youth, the Climate Action Network, and Demand Climate Justice. The intervention shared a collective demand for ambition, justice, and people-powered solutions. Linked here.


SB – Joint plenary to hear closing statements, Kavita Naidu


Virtual (June 17, 2021) – Kavita Naidu on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency, reminded Parties and observers that the world continues to reel from the increasing devastating impacts of the climate and pandemic crisis, which are disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable women in the Global South. Therefore, states must provide scaled up finance… Read More


SB Stocktaking Plenary SB June Session 2021, Lylian Coelho Ferreira


Virtual (June 05, 2021) – Lylian Coelho Ferreira, on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency, urged Parties, particularly those who use the language of inclusion, to stand up and speak out for our space in this process as we have found ourselves muted in this virtual consultations. In the first week, the members of… Read More


SB June session Joint opening intervention, Cathy Yitong Li


Virtual (May 31, 2021) – Cathy Yitong Li, on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency, reminded Parties of the Paris principles – respecting human rights, the rights of Indigenous Peoples, gender equality, intergenerational equity, ecosystem integrity, food security and a just transition – which are critical to all climate action. These are currently not… Read More


COP25 Closing Plenary, Jolein Holtz


Madrid, Spain (Dec 15, 2019) – Jolein Holtz, on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency, welcomes the adoption of the Gender Action Plan but quickly moves on to calling out the lack of acknowledgment by parties as to how human rights are interconnected with every aspect of the negotiations. She highlights that gender quality… Read More


COP25 High Level Segment, Gina Cortes


Madrid, Spain (Dec 10, 2019) – Gina Gortes from Women Engage for a Common Future called out structural violence, armed violence and extractivist violence rooted in patriarchy and colonialism. She laments the lack of progress under the gender agenda item and reminds parties that we are not here to let them trade-off between rights and… Read More


COP25 Pre-2020 Stocktake, Kavita Naidu


Madrid, Spain (Dec 04, 2019) – Kavita Naidu from the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development reminded parties that the Pre-2020 ambition was developed to lay the foundation for the NDC enhancement. She called out the stark contrast between the urgent need for action made clear in recent IPCC reports and only 68 countries… Read More


COP25 Opening Plenary, Antonia Zambra


Madrid, Spain (Dec 15, 2019) – Antonia Zambra, on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency, expressed her solidarity with feminists at the frontlines of the protests in Chile and of the climate justice movement at the Joint Opening Intervention of COP, CMP, CMA, SBSTA and SBI. She challenged systems that prioritize profit over people… Read More


APA1-5 / SBI48 / SBSTA48 Joint Closing, Patricia Bohland


BONN, Germany (May 10, 2018) – Patricia Bohland of GenderCC,  in APA/SBI/SBSTA joint closing plenary, thanked Parties and the Secretariat on the progress, participation and discussion in the gender workshop and dialogue. However, she regretted the pace of negotiations in particular on all APA items and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform. She urged Parties… Read More


Talanoa Dialogue Closing, Maria Nailevu


BONN, Germany (May 08, 2018) – Maria Nailevu of DIVA for Equality, in Talanoa Dialogue Closing, shared her reality, her story of women in Fiji standing at the forefront of climate change. As a diverse woman in a frontline community to climate change, disasters are becoming more frequent and aggressive. Everything in the science and our… Read More


Talanoa Dialogue Opening, Kalyani Raj


BONN, Germany (May 02, 2018) –Kalyani Raj of AIWC, in Talanoa Dialogue opening, welcomed in her statement the decision of the UN and the Parties for initiating the process of Talanoa dialogue, and the work the COP Presidency has put into designing this trust-building approach. Altough she showed understanding for the desire, to avoid ‘finger-pointing’, she… Read More


APA1-5 / SBI48 / SBSTA48 Joint Opening, Natsumi Yoshida


BONN, Germany (April 30, 2018) – Natsumi Yoshida of WECF,  in APA/SBI/SBSTA joint opening plenary, reminded Parties about the great eight – human rights, public participation, gender equality, the rights of indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge, food security, the imperatives of a just transition, ecosystem integrity and biodiversity as well as intergenerational equity – rights-based principles… Read More