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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COP23/CMA Closing, Chiara Soletti

BONN, Germany (November 17, 2017) – Chiara Soletti, on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency, in COP23/CMA joint closing plenary, thanked the Fijian Presidency for their commitment towards making COP23 a success. Yet, she also warned all Parties that this COP was characterized by slow progress and insufficient commitments. Whereas the adoption of the Gender Action Plan as well as of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform were milestones, funding for loss and damage was not put on the table.

 

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SBI47/SBSTA47 Joint Closing, Ndivile Mokoena

BONN, Germany (November 14, 2017) – Ndivile Mokoena of GenderCC-Women for Climate Justice Southern Africa,  in SBI/SBSTA joint closing plenary, appreciated the adoption of the first Gender Action Plan under the UNFCCC. She emphasised that the implementation of the GAP needs to be closely monitored and fully funded, and that Parties need to come forward with those voluntary contributions. She also explained the WGC’s full support of the proposals of the Indigenous Forum and urged Parties not to undermine the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that clearly recognizes the right of Indigenous Peoples to participate fully and effectively in decision-making that impacts on their territories.

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Intervention for Informal stocktaking plenary by the President, Dinda Yura

Bonn, Germany (November 11, 2017) – Unfortunately no interventions by Constituencies could be delivered in the Informal stocktaking plenary by the President. In the intervention Dinda Yura would have delivered on behalf of Women and Gender Constituency, she would have began with the intervention with congratulating Parties on the finalization of the text for the Gender Action Plan. She emphasised that the Gender Action Plan shill advance the implementation of existing gender-related decisions and mandates under the UNFCCC towards the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the process and towards the development and implementation of gender-responsive climate policies. She also urged the Parties to committ to work on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples platform. Lastly, she expressed her concern about the negotiations have been conducted behind closed doors, therefore wanted to stress our demand for a transparent and inclusive process.

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Intervention for Presidency’s Open Dialogue with NGO Constituencies and Parties, Lisa Göldner

Bonn, Germany (November 8, 2017) –Lisa Göldner of GenderCC in Presidency’s Open Dialogue with NGO Constituencies and Parties delivered the intervention on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency. She re-emphasised the importance of full and equal participation of women and other marginalised peoples’ groups in UNFCCC process and the necessary  funding to support those groups. She also highlighted that civil society’s unique perspective should be promoted, such as  gender-just solutions which is showcased by the Women and Gender Constituency. She also shared the concerns of other Constituencies and urged the Convention must engage civil society to ensure a transparent process.

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COP 23 Opening, Laura Cooper Hall

Bonn, Germany (November 7, 2017) – At the opening session of COP 23 Laura Cooper Hall of WEDO delivered the intervention on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency. She highlited the urgent need to raise pre-2020 ambition and accountability for long-term finance by providing increased levels of public finance. She further emphasised both GCF and the GEF as operating entities of the Financial Mechanism must mandate further progress to ensure that all financing is programmed and implemented in a gender-responsive way, serving public interests instead of corporate benefits.  She also asked the Parties to report qualitative information and focus on increasing transparency, accountability, adequacy, ease of accessibility as well as gender-responsiveness of financial flows.

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APA 1-4 Opening, Vera Zhou

Bonn, Germany (November 07, 2017) – Vera Zhou of WEDO delivered the intervention on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency at the opening session of the APA. She emphasised that the implementation of the Paris Agreement must promote gender equality, human rights, the rights of indigenous peoples, just transition, and food security, additionally, she demanded all countries to fully mainstream gender into their NDCs. She also urged the Facilitative Dialogue to be a moment for enhancing ambition and delivering on finance.

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SBI/SBSTA Joint Opening, Shradha Shreejaya

BONN, Germany (November 6, 2017) – Shradha Shreejaya of APWLD,  in SBI/SBSTA joint opening plenary, addressed the Gender Action Plan and reminded Parties that a comprehensive, targeted and resourced Plan is a critical outcome for COP23 and that Parties must make explicit financial commitments. She also emphasized the urgent need to break free from fossil fuel and ensure just transition regarding SBSTA agenda item 9 and the Nairobi Work Programme. She further asked the Parties to ensure a comprehensive participation of women’s civil society organisations and gender experts, throughout this process as well as on national levels.

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APA 1-3 Closing, Stacey Kimmig

Bonn, Germany (May 18, 2017) – Unfortunately no interventions by Constituencies could be delivered in the closing plenary of APA 1-3. In the intervention Stacey Kimmig would have delivered in the name of the Women and Gender Constituency, we urge developed country Parties that their current commitments are insufficient to meet the 1.5° goal. We furthermore expresses our deep concern with the decision for exclusion in upcoming roundtable discussions mandated under the APA. We reminded Parties that observers are representing rightsholders and have for many years provided critical inputs to effective climate action.

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