Climate Change Conference Katowice 2018

Katowice Climate Change Conference December 2018

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COP24 was a crucial COP. Its main objective was to negotiate and adapt the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement (PA). The PA entered into force in such a record time that much of the operational details were left to subsequent negotiations. In 2016 the states set themselves the deadline to complete these negotiations at COP24. However, states arrived in Katowice with a huge amount of work as there was still no common ground for much of the operational details. It depends on the details if the established mechanism is robust, coherent and ambitious raising. Together with feminists from all over the world we advocated for rights based, gender just and robust guidlines.

Peoples’ voices and urgent solutions dismissed at COP24 in Katowice
December, 2018

After two weeks of intense negotiations, women and gender groups represented in Katowice assert that COP24’s failure to deliver on the 1.5°C goal and refusal to put people at the  center of climate action exacerbates rather than addresses the challenges facing our planet.

The key objective of this COP24 was to operationalize the Paris Agreement, which is premised on a vision for rights-based and gender-responsive climate action. The Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), representing people at the frontlines of climate change, has constantly put pressure on countries to craft an appropriately ambitious and people-centered interpretation of the Paris Agreement and is disheartened at the continued and dangerous dismissal and silencing of the real, system-changing solutions to a just and sustainable world.

Prior to these negotiations, the IPCC Report gave the world a reality check – if we want to reach the goals laid out in the PA, we have to act fast and ambitiously with the right solutions. The opportunity to put people at the center of this vital climate action by including the principles that states already agreed upon, such as protecting human rights and gender equality, was overlooked. However, communities of concerned persons throughout the world, including those represented by the WGC, will continue to put into place real solutions, from the grassroots up, to save our planet and people.

Getting ready for COP 24 “Getting ready to advocate for climate and gender justice at COP24“. Elaboration of a training material – August 2018

As part of the project activities funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation we developed together with GenderCC a training “Getting ready to advocate for gender and climate justice”. The idea was to support civil society activists at getting ready for the upcoming UNFCCC negotiations. This presentation has been given to gender advocates prior to the last UNFCCC negotiation round in Bangkok and now has been updated. Civil society advocates are rights-holders! We hope it will give useful guidance in order to advocate effectively for people centered climate actions.

The presentation is structured in the following way: Its first part focuses on refreshing knowledge about the UN Climate Change Negotiations key points including instructions on how to read negotiation language. It will then summarize how gender equality got integrated and framed in this process. The third part looks at the Paris Agreement, highlights relevant agenda items for the COP24 agenda, and specifically focuses on items we have identified as relevant for the adoption of the implementation guidelines, including recommendations to preserve the spirit of the Paris Agreement.

Women & Gender Constituency Feminist Demands at COP24

The Women and Gender Constituency heads to COP24 to demand real, sustainable, transformative change. The WGC has articulated these demands so we can collectively work toward the future they represent.