Gender and Climate Change Activities @ COP24 - Katowice 2018

The 24th Conference of Parties will take place in Poland this year. GenderCC will be present with a delegation of seven persons in each week. The focus of the conference will be the finalisation of the Paris Agreement’s Rulebook (now called work programme). The rulebook will provide the more detailed interpretation of the agreement and thus define the direction of the international climate politics in the next decades. Even though huge efforts were made to agree on more specific information e.g. of the nationally determined contributions, adaptation communication, about how a transparent process could look like and in which way the global stocktake implemented every five years should look like – many questions are still controversial. Therefore, we do not expect that the rulebook will manage to put flesh on the skeleton (i.e. Paris Agreement) but rather that only the next layer will be produced and further details will have to be negotiated later on. In addition, the Polish presidency has produced three different declarations that were firstly presented in Bangkok in September this year. The topics of these declarations are Just Transition, Forestry and Electro-mobility. Even though these topics highlight important aspects on how to combat climate change – the process has been rather nontransparent. Most stakeholder engagement could be observed for the declaration on just transition through the international labor unions. We will update you on the official presentation of these declarations during COP. 

More than 30 NGOs are calling for strong civil society participation at COP 24

Many NGOs, including GenderCC, have been concerned about the “Law on Special Solutions for the Organization of the Next Conference under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the Republic of Poland” adopted by the Polish Parliament on 10 January 2018 (so called COP24 law) which would shrink the space for civil society during COP24.  Since public pressure has not been successful to result in any changes of this law yet, a wide coalition of more than 30 NGOs from Europe and beyond have sent an open letter to the German government (including the Minister of the Environment, Foreign Minister and Minister of Justice) and EU Commission. The objective is to influence the Polish government as well as the Polish COP24 presidency to ensure that no human rights violations will occur and that all participants travelling to Poland feel safe. Read the letter in English or in German here.

Talanoa Dialogue

In Bonn this May, governemnts and civil society tested for the first time how the global stocktake could look like. The Talanoa Dialogue which was re-named from Facilitative Dialogue during COP23 aims at facilitating more ambition for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Following three questions progress is measured in the Talanoa Dialogue:

  • Where are we?
  • Where do we want to go?
  • How do we get there?

During the second week of COP24, GenderCC will keep you posted about the success and shortcomings of this story-telling session. 

GenderCC activities in Bonn

Several participants of the GenderCC delegation, in particular from the Global South will be financially supported. The Not without us!-project will meet during the first week of COP24. The project is supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The project aims at promoting the integration of gender justice within the global climate justice movement and both struggles (climate justice and gender justice) in the international climate regime, mainly at the UNFCCC. It also aims to showcase impacts on the local level of actions induced by the international climate politics. The project targets the local level of the activists to enhance their knowledge about the impacts of and entry points into the international climate politics regime. As part of the project activities a training  “Getting ready to advocate for gender and climate justice” has been developed and implemented to support civil society activists getting ready for the upcoming UNFCCC negotiations. The presentation is available here.

The project team includes Dinda from Solidaritas Perempuan (Indonesia), Ndivile from GenderCC Southern Africa (South Africa), Melissa, from the Critical Geography Collective (Ecuador) as well as Nanna from LIFE and Patricia from GenderCC (Germany).

With financial support of the GIZ, GenderCC will also implement a short-term project focusing on building capacity and knowledge exchange among gender and climate activists during COP24 in Poland. The project will fully fund the participation of five Global South activists, from Fiji, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Kenya and Uganda. They will participate, along with interested participants of the Women and Gender Constituency, in advocacy and communications trainings, targeted at the international climate negotiations. 

GenderCC COP24 side events

Women for Climate Justice: Local Struggles, Global Action

The workshop will initiate an interactive exchange on why it is important for women to struggle together to solve the climate crisis, as well as to achieve climate justice. By Solidaritas Perempuan, GenderCC Southern Africa, Critical Geography Collective, with the support of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Gender CC –Women for Climate Justice and LIFE. 

From local approaches to (inter)national policy: Gender Just Transition and Decent Work

If Just Transition is to contribute to greater equality and justice, it needs to promote rapid decarbonisation. It needs to challenge the inbuilt inequalities that exist between different social groups and move beyond a green growth agenda. By Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, GenderCC, LIFE. 

Activities of the Women and Gender Constituency

As a member of the Women and Gender constituency, GenderCC is also involved in many activities initiated and implemented by the group of women and gender organisations within the UNFCCC. Based on the advocacy work implemented in Bangkok – the WGC will further push for gender equality as a crucial principle of the Paris Agreement rulebook. An important ally in this regard is the Human Rights working group which consists of various organisations from different constituencies aiming at a human rights based approach when implementing the Paris Agreement. The detailed strategy and steps to be taken during COP24 will be defined during the WGC strategy meeting which will be organized on Saturday 1 December as well as Sunday 9 December (for participants arriving only for the second week). The demands of the WGC for climate action and in particular for this COP will be published at the Constituency website in the beginning of the conference. Started at COP21 the Women and Gender Constituency will also award gender just solutions. The award aims at showcasing and rewarding gender just climate actions that can be up-scaled and replicated in order to advocate for gender-responsive climate solutions. The award highlights technical solutions, training or awareness-raising, and transformational solutions that encourage sharing of best practices. The ceremony will take place on 10 December, 2018.