WEDO at Cop21
The Twenty-First Conference of Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) begins on Monday, November 30th, in Paris, France lasting through Friday, December 11th.
As COP21 is the last sessions to work towards a just and ambitious agreement, WEDO and its allies will work first and foremost to push countries to work towards a fair, equitable and legally binding agreement, with sufficient quantified GHG emission reductions, that reflects the urgency and level of commitments needed, as highlighted in the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
WEDO will also work to ensure that gender equality and human rights, including women’s human rights, are central to the new climate agreement, and all climate policies and actions.
There are several initiatives taking place at COP which fall under this program:
The Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice Campaign
The Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice Campaign is a de-centralized global campaign for gender-just climate action in preparation for COP21. The campaign calls on all women and girls from around the world to stand up for climate justice. Thousands of individuals and organizations have joined the call and pledged actions based on the campaign’s six themes: energy, economy, solutions, survival, power and climate justice.
Women Climate Justice Advocates Program
The Women Climate Justice Advocates Program supports the participation of women advocates across 8 regions, particularly from frontline communities to consult with women’s groups regionally and bring forth their work to influence the UNFCCC climate change negotiations. Check out some of these advocates below!
Partnerships for Gender-Just Actions
The Partnerships for Gender-Just Actions focus on developing tools for effective implementation of gender-just actions in order to influence international policy on climate change through broad stakeholder preparation such as capacity building, advocacy, and technical support.
First and foremost, the WDF works to address a gap in women’s participation, particularly focusing support toward Least Developed Countries (LDCs) that have already limited capacity and resources to attend and effectively participate in the climate negotiations.
For the fourth year, WEDO is working closely with Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) on ‘Empower Women, Benefit All’ (EWA), a joint initiative to support a team of women’s rights and environmental activists.
The Women’s Major Group (WMG) for Sustainable Development will be active at COP21 – with a number of members taking part over the two weeks of the COP.
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