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African Climate Change Summit 2019

16. Oktober 2019 - 8:04
African Climate Change Summit 2019

Call for proposals for the Climate Change Summit – Africa, Accra – 16-17-18 October 2019!

Since the Climate urgency is more pressing than ever and that the States pledges are insufficient, it is absolutely necessary to raise ambition and accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement, by bringing together a large network of Subnational Governments and Non-State Actors and by anchoring the implementation of concrete climate actions at the local level. Local authorities, businesses, NGOs, trade unions, scientists, representatives from agricultural, youth, women and indigenous organisations, educators, citizens, you are invited to submit your initiatives to feed the work of the Climate Chance Summit Africa that will take place in October 2019.

We invite you to take part in this call for proposals if you are leading initiatives corresponding to one of the 9 themes:
Access to climate finance in Africa
Developing African cities in a sustainable way
Agriculture, food and reforestation in Africa
Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa
Mobility and sustainable transport in Africa
Adaptation and Water in Africa
Sustainable Building and Construction in Africa
Education and Training on Climate Change in Africa
Circular economy in Africa

The selected initiatives will be presented during the thematic workshops at the Climate Chance Summit – Africa taking place in Accra from the 16th to 18th October 2019 and/or will be published on the Cartography for action.

To contribute: Submit your initiatives by May 31st, 2019 ! access here 

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HLPF 2019: Civil Society Forum

24. September 2019 - 15:25
HLPF 2019: Civil Society Forum

The Civil Society Forum it will take place, during the HLPF  (SDG Summit), at the United Nations in New York, a space for feminist influence.

Date: 24th September 2019

Local: UNHQ, New York

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IISD 2019: Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW)

2. September 2019 - 19:27
IISD 2019: Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW)

APCW is part of Regional Climate Weeks that are held annually in AfricaLatin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and Asia-Pacific. Regional Climate Weeks are organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs. The events’ global partners are the UNFCCC, Word Bank, UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU Partnership), Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Regional partners include the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Africa, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in LAC and Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Asia-Pacific”.

Dates: 2-6 September 2019
Location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

Access the schedule here.

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HLPF 2019: Prameswari Puspa Dewi’s Intervention at the ECOSOC Meeting

19. Juli 2019 - 15:11
HLPF 2019: Prameswari Puspa Dewi’s Intervention at the ECOSOC Meeting

“Governments, corporations, the military industrial complex, international financial institutions, and other power holders must be held accountable to human rights and commitments to leave no one behind.”

Prameswari Puspa Dewi (KITASAMA [Coalition for Sexuality and Diversity]) read the Women’s Major Group Executive Summary at the Economic and Social Council High-Level Segment – 34th (B) meeting, during the HLPF, held in New York, at the UNHQ, on 19th July 2019.

Read the Executive Summary here.

Watch her intervention here.

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HLPF 2019: Kim Windvogel’s Intervention on Africa VNR

17. Juli 2019 - 16:39
HLPF 2019: Kim Windvogel's Intervention on Africa VNR

“How does the government plan to address these recommendations in a way that is both constitutionally gender responsive, inclusive of the youth of South Africa and sustainable for all?”

Kim Windvogel (FEMMEPROJECTS NPC) delivered her intervention on behalf of the NGOs, on South Africa Voluntary National Review (VNR), during the HLPF, held in New York, at the UNHQ, on 17th July 2019.

Download her statement here.

Watch her speech here.

Kategorien: english

HLPF 2019: Mara Dolan’s Article on Climate breakdown, decision-makers, we need you to wake up, to rise up!

17. Juli 2019 - 16:06
HLPF 2019: Mara Dolan's Article on Climate breakdown, decision-makers, we need you to wake up, to rise up!

Climate change is a feminist issue. Or really, to be more specific, climate change is an issue of patriarchy, racism, and exploitation. And if feminists care about these things, then we really need to care about climate change.

Climate change affects women, girls, and gender non-conforming folks in ways that are different — and usually worse — than men.

“Women and non-binary folks are at the forefront of environmental changes, and are impacted by them more severely because of the political and economic marginalization they already face.” — Mara Dolan

When natural disasters hit, women and non-binary folks face the most violence. They face the steepest hill to climb toward recovery, with less access to financial and legal resources to rebuild their lives. And this is also true when it comes to adapting our lives to climate change. Limited access to resources influences how much women and non-binary folks will be able to adapt — there are people that can easily move from a lake site to a top-hill site while displacing those who lived there before.

Women in the global South perform the vast majority of the world’s work that is directly dependent on the environment, like gathering water to drink and wood cook. As the majority of the world’s subsistence farmers, they also tend to grow food for their families while men grow crops to sell. All of this means that when the environment changes, the ability for women to do their work changes, too.

Climate change causing more droughts or wildfires or floods? Climate change causing pollution and fossil fuel’s toxicity to proliferate, affecting reproductive health? These things all impact women and non-binary folks differently and disproportionately.

“The systemic changes needed for entering a just-future will mean giving-up power for people who won’t give in easily, not even for the sake of human existence.” — Mara Dolan

Women and non-binary folks are at the forefront of environmental changes, and are impacted by them more severely because of the political and economic marginalization they already face.

Current trends towards nationalist to totalitarian politics having a strong anti-feminist, anti-LGBTIQ* and also anti-climate action agenda increase risks for women and non-binary folks being prominent and strong activists in climate and human-rights movements. They are attacked from different angles at the same time investing their energy in fighting back (for which they must experience great solidarity) instead of continuing with their actions for climate justice and human rights. And it is for sure not by accident that climate deniers and toxic-masculinity come together in those back-warded movements. It reminds us that we truly live in patriarchal and exploitative societies from which some people however benefitted for decades if not centuries. And that the systemic changes needed for entering a just-future will mean giving-up power for people who won’t give in easily, not even for the sake of human existence.

As the Women’s Major Group, we represent a group of feminist advocacy organizations that care about these intersections and how they affect women’s lives. Environmental well-being is deeply related to women’s rights. We must advocate for climate action because we advocate for women’s rights.

This week, the Women’s Major Group is at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for the High Level Political Forum 2019, where governments come together to assess the progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among the Goals under discussion is SDG13: take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

It’s clear that governments around the world have not acted on this Goal with the ambition they need to. The 2018 IPCC report told us we have 11 years to act, making it clear this is an emergency of unprecedented scale. So why haven’t we seen sweeping, urgent, ambitious action to end the burning of fossil fuels, transition us to renewable energies, and prepare our communities for the oncoming change?

“There is no climate justice without gender justice.”

 

The Women’s Major Group demands real climate action that centers women and gender non-conforming folks. Climate justice means addressing climate change with policies that recognize how race, gender, class, and nationality change your experience with climate change’s effects, and prioritizes the most vulnerable. These are intersecting and overlapping systems of oppression, and acting on climate also means acting on racial justice, economic justice, and gender justice.

The necessary climate action to become just and zero-emission societies demands structural changes to overcome the fossil-fuel-based economy rooted in patriarchy. We need gender embedded into national policies, strategies, and planning. We need women’s organisations to be recipients of funding and partners in projects.

Tetet Lauron of the Philippines, a representative of the Women’s Major Group, delivered an intervention in UN debate recently: “No one can win, and we will all end up losing, if we flush out the system that puts corporate and individual profits over the survival and development of our planet and its people. We need you to wake up. We need you to rise up!”

The Women’s Major Group knows that there is no climate justice without gender justice. There are no jobs on a dead planet. We need more than just climate action, we demand climate justice, now.

Mara Dolan (Women’s Environment and Development Organization, WEDO) wrote on  behalf of the Women’s Major Group at the “The Beam Magazine” about the SDG 13 and the impact of macho facism. The SDG 13 “Combating climate change and its impacts is imperative to achieve the goals and targets of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, including for the protection of human rights, especially for those in vulnerable situations”, was held at the UNHQ, in New York, during the High-level Polical Forum 2019, on 15th July 2019. 

Also Read her article here.

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HLPF 2019: Chantal Umuhoza’s Intervention on Rwanda VNR

17. Juli 2019 - 15:51
HLPF 2019: Chantal Umuhoza's Intervention on Rwanda VNR

“Rwanda needs to ensure wider inclusion and non discrimination on any ground as articulated in Rwanda’s constitution. We also call on Rwanda to speed up the ratification of the AU protocol on the Human Rights for older people and the National Elderly Policy”.

Chantal Umuhoza (SPECTRA) delivered her intervention on behalf of the Women’s Major Group, on Rwanda Voluntary National Review, during the 18th meeting of the HLPF, held in New York, at the UNHQ, on 17th July 2019.

Download her statement here.

Watch her speech here.

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HLPF 2019: Aleksandra Mladenovic’s Intervention on Serbia

17. Juli 2019 - 10:06
HLPF 2019: Aleksandra Mladenovic's Intervention on Serbia VNR

(…) we would like to add that the nexus women-human rights-environment is to be considered as a horizontal issue, intersected within all aspects of society and all SDGs. Therefore, interlinkages among SDGs are important for reaching gender equality, human rights and environmental protection.

Aleksandra Mladenovic (Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development) delivered a combined statement on behalf of the Women’s Major Group, on Serbia Voluntary National Review (VNR), at the 18th meeting, during the HLPF, held in New York, on 17th July 2019.

Download her statement here.

Watch her speech here.

Kategorien: english

HLPF 2019: Sarah Zaman’s Intervention on What are regions telling us about the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs?

16. Juli 2019 - 18:19
HLPF 2019: Sarah Zaman's Intervention on What are regions telling us about the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs?

We need to change the nature of discussions at the HLPF. The APFSD, for example, allows space to discuss systemic barriers to sustainable development, and have specific action-oriented recommendations in the outcome document, which are nowhere reflected in the HLPF Ministerial Declaration. We propose that Regional Forums present interim VNRs before submitting them to the HLPF, in order to strengthen linkages between national, regional, and global levels.

Sarah Zaman (Women’s Action Forum, Pakistan) spoke as respondent on behalf of the Civil Society, on “What are regions telling us about the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs?”, at the 17th meeting, during the HLPF, held in New York, on 16th July 2019.

Download her intervention here. Watch her speech here.
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HLPF 2019: Mari-Claire Price’s Intervention on UK VNR Report

16. Juli 2019 - 17:33
HLPF 2019: Mari-Claire Price's Intervention on UK VNR Report

“Recent evidence from a UN special rapporteur noted the disproportionate impact of UK austerity policies on the poorest, women, people with disabilities, children, ethnic minorities, migrants and other marginalised groups”. 

Marie-Claire Price (RESURJ) delivered her intervention on behalf of the Women’s Major Group, during the 16th meeting, on the UK VNR Report, at the High-level Political Forum, held in New York, at the UNHQ, on 16th July 2019.

Download her statement here.

Watch her speech here.

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HLPF 2019: Latin America and the Caribbean Civil Society Declaration

15. Juli 2019 - 19:27
HLPF 2019: Latin America and the Caribbean Civil Society Declaration

“The slogan “DO NOT LEAVE ANYONE BEHIND” must obligatorily include migrants of all ethnic and age groups, as well as Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Trans and Intersex from Latin America and the Caribbean”.

The Civil Society Organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean produced in a participatory intevention of the 20 groups that integrate it and that gather more than 300 NGOs of the region, the “Latin America and the Caribbean Civil Society Declaration Towards the High Level Political Forum 2019”. This Group was formally constituted in April 2019 during the meeting of the Regional Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development – 2019 on ECLAC.

Download the Declaration in English here and Spanish here.

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HLPF 2019: Sylvie Ndongmo’s Intervention on Are We on Track for Mobilizing the Trillions we Need for the SDGs?

15. Juli 2019 - 14:20
HLPF 2019: Sylvie Ndongmo's Intervention on Are We on Track for Mobilizing the Trillions we Need for the SDGs?

Today, there is no country in the world that is free from conflict, because violence against women and girls exists everywhere. Financing for development requires changing the rules of the game for development justice and feminist peace. It requires creating an enabling environment for women’s political participation, protection, and rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo (WILPF, Cameroon) delivered her intervention on behalf of the Women’s Major Group, on “Are we on track for mobilizing the trillions we need for the SDGs?”, at the Financing the SDGs: Moving from words to action Session, during the HLPF, held in New York, on 15th July 2019.

Download her statement here.

Watch her speech here.

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Side Event: Ground Level Peoples’ Forum (GLPF)

14. Juli 2019 - 11:58
Side Event: Ground Level Peoples' Forum (GLPF) Don’t miss this opportunity to envision the world we want with local and international grassroots activists! Join us at the Ground Level Peoples’ Forum (GLPF): a counter-space to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) that puts forward the peoples’ struggles and resistances for development justice. Date: 14 July 2019 Venue: People’s Forum at 320 W 37th St., New York If you are interested in co-organise, join our event and mobilization, please RSVP to rina@apwld.org and ahc27hk@gmail.com
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Tunisia VNR 2019 Shadow Report: Agenda 2030

12. Juli 2019 - 10:01
Tunisia VNR 2019 Shadow Report: Agenda 2030

La Présentation du VNR à HLPF avec des données concises et une vision très claire et performante pour les 11 ans restants devrait être une occasion pour les institutions internationales de proposer des aides pour la réalisation des objectifs de l’Agenda 2030 en Tunisie en relation avec son prochain plan quinquennal à l’échelle nationale, régionale.

Read the combined VNR 2019 Shadow Report on Tunisia from a Gender Perspective, written by Women Environmental Programme (WEP) and Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF).

Download the shadow report here.

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HLPF 2019: Systemic Reforms and Democratization of Global Economic Governance Side Event

11. Juli 2019 - 15:34
HLPF 2019: Systemic Reforms and Democratization of Global Economic Governance Side Event

The CSO FfD Group (including Women’s Working Group on FfD) would like to warmly invite all of you to participate on this side event. At the side event, the panel of experts will provide an overview of the global systemic issues that the FfD process is meant to address (such as tax, trade, debt and technology) and the policy recommendations that should be prioritised. This will be followed by an interactive discussion.

Speakers:

Manuel Montes, Senior Advisor on Finance and Development, South Centre

Diyana Yahaya, Programme Officer, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

Donovan Guttieres, Major Group on Children and Youth

Moderated by: Pooja Rangaprasad, Society for International Development and CSO FfD Group

Data: 11 July 2019

Time: 6.30 – 8 PM  

Venue: Conference Room 5 in the UN Conference Building

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HLPF 2019: Nalini Singh’s Intervention as Official Discussant on Reduce Inequality within and among Countries

11. Juli 2019 - 8:07
HLPF 2019: Nalini Singh's Intervention as Official Discussant on Reduce Inequality within and among Countries

“Unless the root causes of inequalities are addressed, it is going to become harder to achieve the SDGs. People will rise and resist and we, women, will begin with the Global Women’s Strike next International Women’s Day BECAUSE IF WOMEN STOP, THE WORLD STOPS!”

Nalini Singh (Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, APRCEM and WMG) spoke as Official Discussant on Reduce inequality within and among countries, SDG 10, as MGoS representative, during the 9th Meeting of the High-level Political Forum, held in New York, on 11th July 2019.

Download her statement here.

Watch her speech here.

Kategorien: english

HLPF 2019: Amasai Jeke’s Intervention on Perspectives of SIDS Including Main Findings from Mid-term Review of the SAMOA Pathway

10. Juli 2019 - 17:23
HLPF 2019: Amasai Jeke's Intervention on Perspectives of SIDS Including Main Findings from Mid-term Review of the SAMOA Pathway

“it is imperative that SIDS governments take a human rights-based approach with a clear justice-focused definition of prosperity that fully recognizes justice for ecological sustainability, climate and development”.

Amasai Jeke (Rainbow Pride Foundation) delivered a combined statement on behalf of the Women’s Major Group, at the Thematic review: Perspectives of Small Island Developing States including main findings from mid-term review of the SAMOA Pathway, during the HLPF 2019, held in New York, at the UNHQ, on 10th July 2019.

Download the statement here.

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HLPF 2019: Feminists Speak out on Women’s Labor Rights at United Nations High Level Political Forum

10. Juli 2019 - 16:33
HLPF 2019: Feminists Speak out on Women’s Labor Rights at United Nations High Level Political Forum Photo Credit: IISD

“Feminist organisations and allies from around the world have launched a campaign calling for a ‘Women’s Global Strike’ on 8 March 2020. The promises made by our governments to advance equality, development and peace for all women 25 years ago in Beijing have not been kept. We have chosen International Women’s Day to go a strike since historically on this day, women over generations have risen up and protested, putting their lives at risk to defend civil rights and fundamental freedoms. We want to reclaim the day and revive women’s collective power to demand our human rights”.

Download here.

Access at the IISD homepage here.

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Chad VNR 2019 Shadow Report: Agenda 2030

10. Juli 2019 - 14:19
Chad VNR 2019 Shadow Report: Agenda 2030 Photo Credit: Chad VNR Report

Les gouvernements doivent prévenir les attaques et assurer la sécurité et le leadership des femmes défenseures des droits humains, des militantes pour la paix et des défenseurs de l’ environnement.

Read the VNR 2019 Shadow Report on Women2030 Monitoring and Review of the SDG and Development Justice in Chad, written by Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF).

Download the shadow report here.

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HLPF 2019: Elizabeth Ampairwe’s Intervention on Progress, Gaps and Obstacles: Are We on Track for Leaving no One Behind?

9. Juli 2019 - 16:04
HLPF 2019: Elizabeth Ampairwe's Intervention on Progress, Gaps and Obstacles: Are We on Track for Leaving no One Behind?

“The HLPF must dramatically accelerate coherence and coordination. Gender equality and women’s meaningful participation and rights must be at the center of the 2030 Agenda”. 

Elizabeth Ampairwe (FOWODE Forum for Women in Democracy, Uganda) delivered a combined statement on behalf of the Women’s Major Group, at the 1st and 2nd session on Progress, gaps, and obstacles: are we on track for leaving no one behind?”, during the HLPF 2019, held in New York, on July 9, 2019. Download her statement here. Watch her speech here.
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