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.

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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 and solutions. She also called for more equitable climate finance and for human rights to be safeguarded in particular in all actions referring to markets if decisions on Article 6 were adopted.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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 and meaningful support for adaptation and loss and damage. At the same time, she urged Parties to stop funding and promoting false climate solutions such as market mechanisms that are environmentally unsustainable and deadly for environmental rights defenders and ethnic minorities. In addition, the UNFCCC process must drive efforts for greater inclusiveness as we have found many important voices, in particular of grassroot-activists, including women who are at the frontlines of resisting the structural drivers of the climate crisis, as well as communities hardest hit by climate change not being equally represented the past weeks in this virtual format.

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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 the WGC have been increasingly concerned about references to nature-based solutions. We continue to call on Parties to utilize commonly agreed language around ecosystems-based approaches as opposed to undefined “nature-based” solutions – particularly as it relates to our land and oceans. We hold up our role, as gender experts, women’s rights advocates and feminists in this process – to engage in all aspects of these negotiations – from common time frames and transparency – to agriculture and capacity building.

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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 respected in the disourse on so-called “solutions” by large emitters fail to meet the need of this moment, which is a full-scale transition away from fossil fuel and dirty energy infrastructure, and a commitment to safe, sustainable and regenerative consumption and production models. More often, “solutions” instead only work to further green neocolonialism via offset projects in developing nations. During the SB informal consultations on Article 6 human rights safeguards need to be established. She concluded that the global COVID-19 pandemic has fueled even greater disparity between developed and developing countries, and among people and communities, while the climate crisis grows, with commitments from countries – from NDCs to finance – show us far away from reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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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 is closely linked with human rights and that parties’ commitment to patriarchy, capitalism, militarism, colonialism, racism, and ecocide make them complicit when environmental defenders are harmed. She assured them that we will be there to watch them, raising our voices in solidarity until these systems of oppressions are dismantled.

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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 resources, and we expect that governments will uphold their human rights commitments and gender equality and not rollback in the GAP, in Loss and Damage or in Article 6. She urges parties for real leadership and reminds them that the lives of women environmental rights defenders, indigenous women and activists depend on them.

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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 having enhanced their ambition so far, representing only 8% of the global emissions. She urges parties to increase their efforts for gender equality,to protect human rights and deliver on climate finance to achieve just and equitable solutions to the climate crisis.

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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 and elites over majority, that privatize critical public goods, and uphold a model of resource extraction, environmental exploitation and militarization. She demanded climate action that ensures a rights-based and people-centered global framework that works towards a just transition for all.

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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 to make better use of their time in Bangkok and to not forget about the rights of the Preamble of the Paris Agreement— gender equality, rights of indigenous peoples, ecosystem integrity and protection of biodiversity, respecting human rights and intergenerational equity, ensuring food security and just transition as well as public participation – that have become to be known as the great eight – and should be fully integrated into the Paris “rulebook”.

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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 daily experience tells that we are so late as current commitments lead us to a 3 degree+ rise scenario. She asked Parties to urgently lay out the political process for ensuring the Talanoa Dialogue, including clear activities at the next session in Bangkok leading to real enhancement of ambition, via support and stepped up NDCs, in the context of equity and justice.

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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 also emphasised that in the quest to establish ambition, all participants must not lose the opportunity for frank and critical dialogue. She reminded that in the end everything in the science and daily experience tells that the world is so late as current commitments lead to a 3 degree+ rise scenario. Therefor she requested immediate ambition rising.

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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 which need to be integrated into the Rules for Implemenetation of the Paris Agreement. Ahead of 2.5 days of gender related mandated events she requested Parties to support the Gender Action Plan adopted by COP23 with financial means and forms of legal policy.

 

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