Women demanded ‘system change not climate change’ at global negotiations in Paris. We’re in Bonn to demand implementation.

The Forty-Fourth session of the UN Climate Change Conferences comprising of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) begins on Monday, May 16th in Bonn, Germany till Thursday, May 26th.

The meetings mark a start in preparation of the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement which was signed by almost 150 countries on the 22nd of April in New York. The meetings are set to focus on gender-responsive climate change policies specifically on adaptation and capacity building, in support of the continuation of the Lima Work Programme on Gender.


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. The WDF is supporting 17 delegates from 17 different countries to attend SB44. 


Key Events

13-14 May: WDF Night School

From May 13 to 14, WEDO is hosting a night school for the new Women Delegates Fund members at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut e.V in preparation for the conference in Bonn.

This will aim to engage and train the new delegates effectively in the UNFCCC process. This two night series will focus on drafting text for interventions, decisions and other written outcomes of the negotiating process, with the aim of strengthening the participants’ capacity to participate effectively in the negotiating process. The training will include experiential learning through a mock negotiation exercise and provide a set of tools and materials that participants can utilize in upcoming UNFCCC meetings. Beyond the training, this is aimed to provide a space for engaging with other women delegates.


18-19 May: SBI Workshop on Gender-Responsive Climate Policy

The SBI workshop will be held May 18-19 with a focus on gender-responsive climate policy, adaptation and capacity building.

The workshop will be held for three hours on each day. The first day will include presentations of best practices as well gaps in integrating gender approach and participation of women at international, national and grass root level in adaptation and capacity building.

The second day will include group work on the three levels and consider further action to overcome the gaps.

19 May: 'Capacity for Change' Networking Event

On the occasion of the May Bonn intersessional, the UNFCCC Secretariat in partnership with WEDO will host a reception to celebrate women’s leadership in climate diplomacy and create an opportunity to share ideas for enhancing more equitable and effective information sharing, public education and capacity building. The networking reception will feature a short programme beginning at 19:00, with inputs from women delegates and experts on capacity building under the Convention.

25 May: WEDO side event "A Gender-Just Transition"

Through this event, WEDO will discuss the implementation of Paris agreement in a just and equitable manner; taking into account a feminist analysis of a just transition and promoting energy democracy.


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