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.