BONN, GERMANY (June 3rd, 2013)– The thirty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 38), as well as the second half of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2.2) commenced today at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, Germany. The conference will be held from 3-14 June 2013. There will also a number of Forums and in-session workshops and events.

As WEDO reported after the first meeting of the ADP earlier this year in Bonn [See: From LCA to ADP: Framing the UN Climate Negotiations], in 2013, WEDO is not only monitoring the implementation of the various mechanisms, frameworks, work programmes and forums but also putting a high emphasis and focus on the ADP negotiations in an effort to promote a transformative agreement that inspires a gender-sensitive and socially central paradigm shift in our collective approach to the ever-dynamic climate change phenomenon. Specifically in Bonn, WEDO will be monitoring progress in on key areas of the negotiations such as Adaptation, Loss and Damage and REDD+, exploring critical aspects of mitigation and, in partnership with many colleagues from the GGCA and the Women and Gender Constituency, strategizing around effective articulation and implementation of the Decision on Gender Balance taken at COP18.

In Bonn, a Women’s Caucus will be held each morning from 9-10am in Room Air in the Ministry of Environment. WEDO looks forward to working alongside colleagues there and fellow Women and Gender Constituency members on key messaging and advocacy.

In addition, WEDO continues to facilitate the Women Delegates Fund (WDF), a program funded primarily by the Government of Finland, with additional support from the Government of Iceland. The WDF supports women from least developed and developing countries to participate in negotiations as part of their national delegations. In Bonn, the WDF is supporting 6 women from Ghana, Fiji, Liberia, Tanzania, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Key Events and Activities

Side Event: Promoting gender balance and the empowerment of women in the UNFCCC process
Friday, 7 June 2013- 1:15pm to 2:45pm
Ministry of Environment, Room Solar, Bonn
Organized by UN Women, MRFCJ, GGCA, & the UNFCCC secretariat, this June 7 lunchtime event will bring together Parties, observers, UN System entities, experts, civil society representatives and other stakeholders to share insights and discuss efforts to  strengthen gender balance, enhance the empowerment of women in the UNFCCC process, and advance gender-sensitive climate policy. The event will also mark the launch of a desk research conducted by UN Women and MRFCJ on “Advancing the goal of gender balance in multilateral and intergovernmental processes”

Launch of WEDO REDD+ Gender Sensitive Safeguards Publication
Friday, 7 June 2013- 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Gustav Stresemman Institute, Bonn 
WEDO, in collaboration with the REDD+ SES Initiative, is happy to announce the upcoming launch and presentation of our publication on ’Getting gender right in the REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards’. The publication highlights the action research we carried out over the last year in 4 countries using REDD+ SES: State of Acre (Brazil), Ecuador, Nepal and Tanzania. Click here for more information.

Side Event: Gender innovations- strategies to address “gender” in climate change policy
Tuesday, 11 June 2013- 1:15pm to 2:45pm
Ministry of Transport, Room Metro, Bonn
Co-hosted by Life E.V., WEDO and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), this event aims to start a discussion to create awareness about the different gender perceptions in climate change discourses, to identify common ground, and how research can contribute to provide fundamental insights and to speed up gender responsive climate change policy. Click here for more information.

Side Event: Guaranteeing right-based climate policies to secure the rights of the most vulnerable
Thursday, 13 June 2013- 1:15pm to 2:45pm
Ministry of Transport, Room Metro, Bonn
The Cancun Agreements made an important contribution in emphasizing the need for all countries to respect human rights when addressing climate change. This panel, including a speaker from WEDO, will explore opportunities to further implement a rights-based approach within the current and future climate regime. Click here for more information.

WEDO Team in Bonn
Cate Owren, Executive Director, (June 5th – June 9th)
Rachel Harris, Advocacy Coordinator, (June 1st –   June 14th)
Andrea Quesada, Advocacy Team, Forestry/REDD+ Issues, (June 4th – June 13th)
Bridget Burns, WDF/Advocacy/Media,, @bridiekatie (May 31st – June 14th)

WEDO Social Media
Follow updates on the negotiations and our activities at on Twitter @WEDO_worldwide and through WEDO team member Bridget Burns, @bridiekatie. Use the hashtag #ccgender to share and follow updates throughout the week, as well as #shesparks.

Other Notable Gender and Climate Twitterati to Follow
Global Gender and Climate Alliance, @GGCA_Gender
Lorena Aguilar, Global Senior Gender Adviser, IUCN,  @iucngender
Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Foundation North America, @liane_boell
Gail Karlsson, Senior Policy Advisor, ENERGIA, @gailkarlsson
Beth Eggerts, Gender and Climate Finance Specialist, UNDP, @betheggerts
Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, @mrfcj
UN Women, @UN_Women
Click here to see who else to follow for updates on the climate talks!

Key Documents
SBI 38 revised provisional agenda (find all agenda item documents here)
SBSTA 38 Provisional agenda (find all agenda item documents here)
Overview schedule
Overview of SB mandated in-session workshops and events

Key Links 
UNFCCC Live webcasts and virtual participation
IISD Earth Negotiations Bulletin: Daily coverage of meetings
Adopt –a-Negotiator: including daily updates and analysis
Third World Network (TWN): Daily updates and analysis

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