Gender and Climate Change Activities @ COP23 - Bonn 2017

Gender... And Action! The first Gender Action Plan under the UNFCCC

At COP23, we expect to reach a decision that will mark a milestone in the efforts to integrate gender into international climate policy: the first Gender Action Plan under the UNFCCC. At COP22 in Marrakech, parties decided to continue and enhance the Lima Work Programme on Gender and requested the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) to develop this Gender Action Plan in order to support the implementation of the gender-related decisions and mandates so far adopted in the UNFCCC process.

During the intersessional climate talks held in Bonn in May 2017, a two-day workshop took place aiming at developing possible elements of the action plan. The report of the meetings is available here.

On September 14 and 15, a group of countries met in Ottawa, Canada to discuss and advance these potential elements of the Gender Action Plan even further. The report of this meeting is available here.

In addition, the incoming Fijian COP23 Presidency and the UNFCCC Secretariat have called on all countries to nominate national focal pointa for gender and climate change. Among others, the gender focal points are expected to assist with the development and implementation of the Gender Action Plan. A list of the gender focal points nominated so far is available here.

We will keep you updated here on recent developments in the negotiations of the Gender Action Plan.

GenderCC events and activities during COP23

GenderCC is hosting a number of events in Bonn both within the official conference venue of COP23 and in the different civil society forums. The list is updated continously.

What's gender got to do with it? A feminist perspective on climate change
When: Friday, 3 November, 15:15-16:45
Where: At COY13

Young Feminists for climate justice storytelling
When: Saturday, 4 November, 11:00-12:30
Where: At COY13

The contribution of local climate justice struggles to a gender-just implementation of the UNFCCC
Tuesday, 14 November, 11:30-13:00
COP23, Bonn Zone, Meeting Room 4
Linking local struggles with the international negotiations we will present equitable, gender-just, inclusive, resilient, low-carbon solutions and discuss how international agreements can support these solutions and approaches to reduce and compensate for loss and damage.
Speakers: Ndivile Mokoena - GenderCC Southern Africa, South Africa; Dinda Nuur Annisaa Yura - Solidaritas Perempuan, Indonesia; Melissa Moreano - Critical Geography Collective, Ecuador; Dr. Till Bender - Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany; Sabine Minninger - Brot für die Welt, Germany
This side event is hosted by GenderCC-Women for Climate Justice, LIFE e.V. and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

GUCCI goes to COP23: Findings of Gender Assessment of Climate Change Policies at Urban Level
Wednesday, 15 November, 14:00-16:00
Where: Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation ,Building and Nuclear Safety; Robert-Schumann-Platz 3, Bonn, Room 1.196
This event presents our newly developed methodology "Gender Assessment and Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaption Policies" that was develeoped in the course of GenderCC's project Gender Into Urban Climate Change Initiatives. It can be applied to track the gender responsiveness of institutions, procedures, climate action programmes, and policies and measures on local level. The event will train the participants in using the methodology in their local contexts as well as in transferring the methodology to the regional and national levels.
Moreover, representatives from our partner organisations All India Women's Conference (India), Aksi! and Solidaritas Perempuan (Indonesia) and GenderCC Southern Africa will share their findings and inform on their activities at urban level under the GUCCI project. Please register as seats are limited per mail to l.ederberg(at)

Civil society activities around COP23

COY13 - Conference of Youth

The Conference of Youth (short form: COY) will take place in Bonn prior to COP23 from 2-4 November 2017. COY13 invites young people and youth organisations active in the field of climate change as well as their supporters to get engaged in workshops, open formats and others. The conference aims at empowering youth with regards to combating climate change, climate justice, and sustainable development.

GenderCC is involved in two workshops at COY13:
Friday, 3 November, 15:15-16:45: What's gender got to do with it? A feminist perspective on climate change
Saturday, 4 November, 11:00-12:30: Young Feminists for Climate Justice Storytelling
More information on these events will come soon.

During the conference there will be plenty of space for networking, exchange, being creative and getting prepared for the COP as well as for the civil society activities around.

To get further details about COY13 visit their website.
Learn more about the UNFCCC Youth Constituency (YOUNGO).

People's Climate Summit 2017

The People's Climate Summit is the civil society space for workshops, panels and networking before and in parallel to COP23. It will take place all around the city of Bonn from 3-8 November 2017. It aims at inspiring people and bringing together civil society's work on climate justice.

In almost 100 events everybody is invited to discuss how to put a social-ecological transition into practice, to highlight global struggles for climate justice and to share experiences and skills with other individuals, initiatives and organisations from all around the world.

The female actvists from the Not without us! project will organise a workshop on false solutions, impacts of international climate policies on local level and discuss how to achieve gender and climate justice from the bottom to the top (more information will come soon).

Get more information and register here.

Climate Justice March - Fight for climate justice! End coal!

November 4, 2017 Climate March at COP23 12 p.m. (noon), Münsterplatz, Bonn

COP23 is taking place only a few kilometres away from the largest source of GHG emission in Europe – the Rhineland lignite-mining region. In order to call for a rapid and socially acceptable energy transition in Germany and all around the world and to demand ambitious and determined action from Parties negotiating at COP23, a broad network of civil society organizations and initiatives are organizing this march that will bring together thousands of people to call for climate justice.

Look out for the feminist block in the march!

Find more information here.

As a central clearing house for all these activities visit the website

Alongside information and updates on all the major events, there will be an event calendar where you can add all climate-related events that will take place in Bonn during the summit. Also, there is a couchsurfing-site where visitors can register to find accommodation.