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[GGCA] Iceland continues to top overall rankings in The Global Gender Gap Index

Dear GGCA Colleagues,

 Iceland leads the rankings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap 2014 Report published this week. That is big kudos to our friends that consistently support gender inclusive climate policy particularly in the UNFCCC arena.  Do you want to know who joins them in the top 10?  Learn more athttp://forumblog.org/2014/10/top-10-gender-equal-countries-world/

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Cara Beasley | Coordinator | Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)
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Beijing+20: Violence against Women — Don’t miss Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Nicole Kidman and Midori on ending violence against women

 

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MY WORLD OFFLINE SURVEY AT THE DIWALI BAZAAR

 

W orld Youth Foundation’s staffs and volunteers conducted the MY World survey during the recently concluded Diwali Bazaar which was held on 18th October 2014 at King’s Green Hotel, Melaka, Malaysia. The Bazaar was officiated by WYF’s Chairman, Hon Senator Tan Sri (Dr.) Mohd Ali Rustam. Visitors, from all age groups and background to the Bazaar also had a chance to participate in the #MyWorldSurvey. For many of them it was an eye opening survey as they felt that this is the first time the public has a chance to give their inputs for a better world and contribute to the #post2015 agenda.

World Youth Foundation is seeking the of everyone especially Malaysians to support and  disseminate the My World Survey as  widely as possible to get millions of people to VOTE. Together we can make it happen! The more we can engage, the more votes we drive, the more people around the world will participate in shaping the future of development. DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY.

To Vote Click: http://www.myworld2015.org/?partner=wrldyth

WORLD YOUTH FOUNDATION JOINS UNV ONLINE VOLUNTEERING SERVICE 

World Youth Foundation is now a registered organization with UNV Online Volunteering service. The UNV Online Volunteering service connects development organizations and volunteers over the Internet and supports their effective online collaboration. It gives development organizations access to a broader pool of knowledge and resources to enhance their capacities, while it offers individuals worldwide additional opportunities to volunteer for development and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

YOUTH POLICY MUST BRIDGE GAP BETWEEN ‘HAVES AND HAVE NOTS,’

Deliberations on a modern youth policy framework continued in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku as hundreds of experts, policymakers, researchers and activists met of a United Nations-backed meeting, which is expected to usher in a set of focused guidelines to assist counties in defining, planning, financing, implementing and evaluating youth policy. On the penultimate day of the First Global Forum on Youth Policy policy experts, youth activists and Government delegations gathered in Baku pressed ahead with efforts to revive commitment to ensuring the nation and international policy frameworks take into account the needs of young people and provide for their participation in decision-making, as set out in the 1995 World Programme of Action on Youth.
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COME JOIN US AT WORLD YOUTH FOUNDATION AND GAIN AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME

Various positions are now available at World Youth Foundation as part of our expanding exercise. We are now accepting applications for various positions (with more to come in the coming months)

We are looking for diverse, highly skilled, dedicated, responsible approachable and compassionate individuals and encourage diversity and community representation.Those applying need to be proficient in English Language, IT savvy and preferable between the ages of 19 – 30 years old.

Come join our team as:

Online and Off-line Full-time Volunteers

Preferred countries (Malaysia) and Global with special focus for volunteers from

United Kingdom, New York, Geneva, Vienna (Austria), Africa (Addis Ababa, Ghana, South Africa) and Asia (Bangkok).

The above positions are non-incentive based. To apply, please fill the Volunteer Form at www.wyf.org.my/index.php/get-involved/volunteering and submit the completed form to wyf@po.jaring.my.

Research and Communication Intern (Part-time / full-time) - Based in the World Youth Foundation Complex in Melaka, Malaysia. To apply, please fill the Internship Form available at http://www.wyf.org.my/index.php/get-involved/internship and submit the completed form to wyf@po.jaring.my.

Campaign Coordinators and Campaign Volunteers for a MY World global campaign.

This is a non-incentive based position open to all Malaysians or those residing in Malaysia. Those interested please email us your name, contact number, complete CV and photo to wyf@po.jaring.my. Those who have applied earlier need not reapply.

COMMONWEALTH THEME FOR 2015: A YOUNG COMMONWEALTH

A Young Commonwealth’ has been chosen as the theme for Commonwealth Day 2015. Announcing the theme, Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: ‘A Young Commonwealth’ recognises the capacity, contribution and potential of young people, particularly in 2015 when the world will define a new global development framework. Commonwealth Day take place each year on the second Monday of March. Celebrations offer an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organisations, which aim to improve the lives of citizens. See more here.

THE POST-2015 YOUTH AGENDA: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

If the deluge of trend pieces tell us anything, it’s that the millennials are the most fussed over demographic in history. But behind the hype, there is real a tectonic shift. We are now witnessing the largest youth bulge in history. Over half the world’s population is now under thirty, with the majority living in developing and middle-income countries. A youthful population can be source of creativity, innovation and growth -but only if employed and engaged in their societies. Unfortunately, for much of the world’s young people, reality is very different. The longer young people are excluded from participating in their economic and political systems, the further we are from realizing the ‘demographic dividend’.

It’s a no-brainer. A youth agenda, focusing on the issues that affect young people, must be a critical pieceof any post-2015 framework. Where do we start?

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GLOBAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT: HOPE IN A BLEAK LANDSCAPE

The International Labor Organisation (ILO) released its latest report on global employment trends and it paints a grim picture of the world’s youth. Over 74.5 million young people are unemployed – a figure more than the entire population of the UK. They are also three times more likely to be unemployed than adults – a ratio that has “reached a historical peak”. 21-year-old Arbie Baguios, who works for UNICEF UK’s Building Young Futures programme, describes his generation’s struggles to find employment.

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ANGOLA, MALAYSIA, NEW ZEALAND, SPAIN AND VENEZUELA ELECTED TO SERVE ON UN SECURITY COUNCIL

In three rounds of voting the United Nations General Assembly, elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2015. The new members will serve on the Council until 31 December 2016. Angola Malaysia, Venezuela and New Zealand were elected in the first vote. The Security Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations. More info here.

THE LAUNCHING OF OWG FINAL REPORT CONSULTATION

As you are probably aware the Member State-led Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released their final report on 19 July 2014.  The full OWG Report is available via the link: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html. The report serves as the main basis for integrating the sustainable development goals into the future development agenda and the Member State negotiations to take place over the next several months.  An e-consultation also has launched on this OWG report, in order to gather your viewpoints and recommendations. To access the consultation, please click on the link www.worldwewant2015.org/inequalities

AGEING POPULATION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A ‘TIME BOMB’

The catastrophe predicted to result from the rapid ageing of Asian populations is far from inevitable, said experts at a regional conference being held in Thailand recently. Making changes to economic and health policies can help countries head off disaster by minimizing the burdens and maximizing the contributions of older persons, noted attendees at the conference, organized by the HelpAge International with support from UNFPA and the European Union. Over 200 participants from 120 organizations in 29 Asian and Pacific countries are attending the conference to discuss how to respond to the demographic shift. For more information, please click here

CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE AND NEGOTIATIONS

Humanity has just about run out of time to address climate change. Scientists have pointed out that a rise in mean surface temperature of 2º Celsius above pre-industrial levels will put the Earth in dangerous, uncharted territory. Yet we currently are on a path toward an increase of 4º or more this century. Either governments will agree to decisive action, as they have promised, or we will look back at 2015 as the year when climate sanity slipped through our fingers. “Climate Change Science and Negotiations” is a two-semester course, with the first semester launching in fall 2014. More info here.

CREATING A JUST AND SUSTAINABLE SYSTEM 

The world’s current energy system – the way we produce, distribute and consume energy – is unsustainable, unjust and harms communities, workers, the environment and the climate. Friends of the Earth International’s new website www.goodenergybadenergy.org explores why a just, sustainable, climate-safe energy system is more urgent than ever.

More info:  http://gebe.foei.org 

DO CITIES WIDEN THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR?

Why is income inequality greater in big cities? “At least one-quarter of the increase in earnings inequality in the US during 1979-2007 is explained by the high growth of earnings inequality in large urban areas,” write Kristian Behrens and Frédéric Robert-Nicoud. Read their piece on social fairness and “superstar cities” at  http://wef.ch/1taPkKq 

DO YOU CARRY A PLAN FOR SOCIAL CHANGE?

OECD YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAMME 2015

A kanthari is a small but very spicy chili plant that grows wild in every backyard in Kerala and confers a number of medicinal values. A kanthari is symbolic of those who have the courage, passion, creativity and vision to challenge the status quo and implement positive change. A kanthari represents a motivated problem solver, someone who emerges from the margins of society.The intake process for the 2015 #kanthari course is going on in full swing. In order to reach more applicants, please help by printing the flyer that can be downloaded on the following link and hang it up in a place where many people can see it. Of course sharing this post will also help tremendously! Thank you for your support! http://media.kanthari.org/pdf/en/kanthari-flyer.pdf

APPLY FOR THE UNITED NATIONS DEMOCRACY FUND

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy. Project proposals may be submitted on-line between 15 November 2014 and 31 December 2014 at www.un.org/democracyfund. You can find guidelines FAQs and lessons learned from previous rounds at http://www.un.org/democracyfund/application-materials.

Only on-line applications in either English or French will be accepted.  

OECD YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAMME 2015

The OECD Young Professionals Programme (YPP) brings talented entry-level professionals from diverse backgrounds into the OECD. The OECD Young Professionals Programme invites graduates interested in international policy co-operation to pick three job assignments and apply for position in PARIS. You can see the full list of assignments here. It is recommended that you choose the assignments that are suiting you the most and in which assignment you are eligible in, because they are different requirements for every selected task.  You can only choose three job assignments.

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EVENTS

6th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON YOUTH AND INTERFAITH DIALOGUE

Website: www.interfaithdialogueconference.org

1st ASIA -PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE GENERATION WORKSHOP (AP-SGW) 2014

Website: http://spacegeneration.org/index.php/en/eventstopics/ap-sgw-2014

KOREA-ASEAN COOPERATION PROJECT (KACP) ON EDUCATION AND EXCHANGE

PROGRAM FOR YOUNG SCHOLARS IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (PHASE 2)

Website: http://www.aaws07.org

GENEVA NGO FORUM FOR THE BEIJING+20 UNECE REGIONAL REVIEW

Website: http://beijing20.unwomen.org

YOUTH WORK WEEK 2014: “YOUTH EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SOFT SKILLS”

Website: http://www.nya.org.uk/supporting-youth-work/youth-work-week

XY CONGRESS 2014

Website:  https://www.gtcbio.com/register/xy-congress?utm_source=newsletter2&utm_medium=xy&utm_campaign=xy14I 

NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF IRELAND ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014

Website: www.youth.ie

WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, ORGANIZED BY UNESCO

Website: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/events/calendar-of-events/education-global-conferences

18th IUSTI ASIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE

Website: www.iusti2014bangkok.com/cms

7th WORLD YOUTH CONGRESS

Website: http://peacechild.org/world-youth-congress

BEYOND 2015 COPENHAGEN CSO CONFERENCE

Website:http://www.beyond2015.org/copenhagen-conference-2014

WORLD CONFERENCE ON SCİENCE AND MATHEMATİCS EDUCATION

Website: www.sci-math.org

6th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON YOUTH AND INTERFAITH DIALOGUE

Website: www.interfaithdialogueconference.org

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AGRICULTURE, BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (ICABES’14)

Website: http://iaast.org/2014/12/09/48

GOI PEACE FOUNDATION FORUM 2014 “TOWARD A NEW HEART-BASED CIVILIZATION”

Website: http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/lectures/lectures1411_01.html

ISF 2014, 2nd INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC FORUM

Website: www.isforum.us

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EARTH, ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES (EELS-2014)

Website: http://www.iicbe.org/2014/12/24/53

7TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

Website: http://www.icer14.jerad.org

ELEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL, CULTURAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Website: http://onsustainability.com/copenhagen-2015

7th WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES

Website: www.wces.info

THE 2015 SOCIAL FORUM

Website : http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/SForum/Pages/SForumIndex.aspx

7th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE: IMPACTS AND RESPONSES

Website: http://on-climate.com/the-conference-2015

HUMANITY IN ACTION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS

Website: http://www.humanityinaction.org/pages/91-call-for-applications

14TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MOBILITY AND TRANSPORT FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED PERSONS

Website: http://www.transed2015.com

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Recap of September 24 – #MDG456Liv​e conversati​ons on women & children during the UN General Assembly

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THE SITUATION IN SYRIA
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Dr. Deane Marchbein
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

Now into its fourth year, the war in Syria has killed more than 150,000 people and driven an estimated 9 million people from their homes. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working on the ground in Syria and in neighboring countries since the onset of the conflict, first supporting medical facilities with supplies, then establishing independent facilities. Unable to receive permission from Damascus to work in Syria, teams set up projects in opposition-held areas, primarily in the country’s northern border regions. All told, MSF teams in Syria had conducted more than 7,000 surgeries, 54,000 emergency room interventions, and 88,000 outpatient consultations. In addition to responding to mass casualty events, medical teams have also offered services ranging from primary health to maternal to chronic disease care.

Dr. Deane Marchbein, joined Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in 2006 to work as an anesthesiologist in MSF’s surgical program in Ivory Coast and now serves as president of MSF-USA Board of Directors. She has recently worked with MSF in Afghanistan, Syria, and Lebanon. She served as an anesthesiologist with MSF in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Libya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Syria, and as a medical doctor in Libya and Lebanon. She was formerly the business manager and chairperson of the anesthesia department as well as the director of the intensive care unit at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Dr. Marchbein now works for Massachusetts General Hospital and the Cambridge Health Alliance.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
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OWG Final Report Consultation Reminder: 8 Days Left!

Dear AINA Members,


This is a reminder that the consultation on the recently released Open Working Group’s Report on the Sustainable Development Goals is currently underway and can be found here:
www.worldwewant2015.org/inequalities
The consultation is intended to gather and summarize your specific viewpoints on the OWG Report. The results of the consultation will be made available for all interested parties, including member state representatives, to reference and learn from during the deliberations process.
The consultation ends on 15 October, 2014.
We look forward to your continued recommendations and contributions to the consultation as well as the Post-2015 process.


Sincerely,


Tricia Callender
Addressing Inequalities Networked Alliance (AINA) Manager
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UN Women     updates on the Beijing+20 campaign.

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Beijing+20: Women and Poverty — Don’t miss Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, infographic on poverty and more

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11 October is the International #dayofthegirl! Get facts & stories here:

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Deadline approaching for CSW59 [Commission on the Status of Women] written statements

Subject: Deadline approaching for CSW59 written statements
To: UN Women CSW <csw@unwomen.org>
Dear ECOSOC-accredited NGOs,

Please note that the deadline for submission of written statements for CSW59 is COB 24 October 2014.  The submission of written statements is open through CSO-Net athttp://esango.un.org/irene/?page=viewStatements&nr=24923&type=8&section=8 . Statements sent by e-mail cannot be accepted.

Pre-registration will begin on 11 November 2014. In preparation for the session, we ask you to ensure that your organization’s contact data in iCSO is current and complete:http://esango.un.org/civilsociety/login.do

The event page for CSW59 is available in CSO-net at http://esango.un.org/irene/?page=viewContent&nr=24923&type=8&section=8

Best regards,

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Join live-streatmed launch of Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox on 15 October

 Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to join the live-streamed launch of Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox on International Day of Rural Women (15 October)!  More information posted here and below. 

Download official event invitation and share with friends, colleagues and networks.

Regards,

Cara

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Gender and Equity theme is, together with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), organising a special event on Wednesday 15 October, looking at the development and use of gender-sensitive approaches in the context of climate change and agriculture research.

The event will launch a Gender & Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change & Agriculture. The toolbox is a participatory methodology guide on how to create socially differentiated research for climate adaptation and mitigation projects.

The event will feature speakers from ICRAF, CCAFS, CARE International, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), all involved in the development of the Gender Toolbox.

How to join online?

The event will be live-streamed to a global audience between 10:00-12:00 am East Africa Time [8:00-09:00 UK Time]. There will be opportunities to ask questions to the presenters via online chat using #gendertoolbox during the seminar.

To get a reminder about the live-stream and to express your interest in joining, email Risper Nyairo: r.nyairo[at]cgiar.org.

 The web stream will be available on ICRAF’s live-stream page.

 Interested in joining in person?

The launch will take place at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), in Nairobi, Kenya, in the Conference Hall. After the presentations, onsite participants will be able to join a Gender Networking Lunch. The afternoon will include fun games, activities and challenges, all reflecting on the value of gender and social differentiation in agriculture and climate change programming.

Program outline [in East Africa Time]

- 10:00-12:00 Livestreamed launch of Gender Toolbox 

- 12:00-13:30 Gender Networking Lunch for onsite participants

- 13:30-15:30 Gender and Social inclusion discussions and games.

Learn more about the Gender Toolbox: Coming soon: a gender and climate change manual made by many

Reserve your seat by 8 October by sending an email to Risper Nyairo:r.nyairo[at]cgiar.org. Please indicate name, number of attendees, organization and contact information.

More information about the presentations, featured speakers and outline of the meeting will soon be posted here!

 There is a need to move beyond an ‘add women and stir’ approach to climate change and development is imperative if we are to create relevant and useful gender-sensitive knowledge for a climate-resilient future. Therefore, join the gender-discussions on 15 October!

The event is carried out in collaboration with CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Gender and Equity Theme, CARE International, and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

The Toolbox has been put to the test. Learn more from this blog.

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World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

Dear Community of Educators,

An update from our GGCA colleagues… UN Women recently released its new report, the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development. Charting the rationale and the actions necessary to ensure ground-breaking change, the flagship UN study asserts that any comprehensive sustainable development pathway cannot be achieved without an explicit commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and their empowerment. Coming on the heels of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September, the World Survey 2014 provides an in-depth analysis of sustainable development issues, the challenges and the solutions, through a gender lens.

See the announcement: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/10/world-survey-2014-press-release

Download the Report:http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/library/publications/2014/unwomen_surveyreport_advance_16oct.pdf

All the best,

Pam Puntenney & Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 352 7429

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Call for Contributions: Women’s Leadership in Risk Resilient Development

Do you have good practices on Women’s Leadership in Risk Resilient
Development? Consider sharing your good practices to be published and presented at the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai,
Japan in March 2015 – learn more at http://www.wcdrr.org. UNISDR is planning to produce a compilation of good practices on “Women’s
Leadership in Risk Resilient Development”. They are looking for examples of
projects and initiatives across humanitarian, environmental and development
sectors that h2748
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Email: cocchiglia@un.orgave promoted positive changes to how women and men’s
capabilities are used to build resilience to disasters and climate change.
Attached is a copy of the call for contributions and the guidelines for
submission.  The deadline for submissions is Friday 7th November 2014.
Afterwards, all entries will be reviewed to identify about 10-12 good
practices to be included in the final publication.
Please direct questions to Feng Min at kanf@un.org.
Send all entries to Mr. Michele Cocchiglia, Regional Programme officer,
UNISDR at cocchiglia@un.org or the following address:
Michele Cocchiglia (Mr.)
Regional Programme Officer
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) UNESCAP
Secretariat Building – 7th Floor, Block B Rajdamnern Nok Avenue -
Bangkok, 10200 THAILAND
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Climate change for Indigenous women

Dear all

Please find following an opinion pice from Alina Saba on the relevance of the Climate Summit for Indigenous Women. Please share and consider commenting at the HP to show support for these kind of opinions from grassroots women getting media space.

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“Alina Saba”

Daily update ⋅ September 27, 2014

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CALL FOR GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION, OCTOBER 11TH -18TH, 2014

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Please find attached the CALL FOR GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION, OCTOBER 11TH -18TH, 2014 #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS  NOW and ALIVE!!!!

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On the road to Lima, what is the status of gender equality in current UNFCCC decisions? NEW POLICY GUIDE

October 15, 2014

Dear friends,

As the UNFCCC works towards a new climate agreement at COP21 in Paris next year, WEDO is working alongside many countries championing gender equality as a key element of the new agreement. In addition, Parties and key stakeholders from the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) continue to build the foundation for advancing the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of current gender mandates in UNFCCC decisions across all areas of the negotiations.

To support these efforts, WEDO, in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)- Global Gender Office, and on behalf of the GGCA, is pleased to share a new policy guide for preparation towards December’s COP20 in Peru, outlining all “Existing Mandates and Entry Points for Gender Equality” in current UNFCCC decisions and conclusions.

Available in English and Spanish, and soon in French, this technical guide was developed to support decision-makers, negotiators and advocates in mapping current decisions that contain specific references to gender equality (e.g. in relation to gender balance or gender-sensitive approaches) across all main areas of the negotiations. This mapping further serves to support users in more effectively monitoring the implementation of gender-sensitive climate change policies and actions at all levels.

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The compilation highlights a strong foundation for gender-sensitive climate policy, with gender referenced across 32 current decisions related to adaptation, mitigation, technology, finance, capacity building, and loss and damage, as well as current conclusions in agriculture. This includes the often cited Decision 23/CP.18 that established a standing agenda item on gender and climate change at the COP. The upcoming COP20 in Lima, Peru is a pivotal point for the UNFCCC, where Parties have an opportunity to provide the overarching guidance and framework for implementing these gender-related mandates by ensuring:

1) Gender equality is reflected as a guiding principle and cross-cutting element for all actions in the new climate agreement,

2) Progress is made  under the Standing Agenda item on Gender and Climate Change to establish a framework for action to advance implementation of gender-sensitive climate policy.

Progress and Gaps

In addition to a compilation of text, the guide provides an overview analysis of progress and gaps for gender-sensitive climate policy, for example:

  • Out of 32 current decisions that reference gender, 5 explicitly refer only to gender balance and enhancing women’s participation on boards and bodies. A further 8 decisions recognize both the need for gender balance and a gender-sensitive approach.
  • Adaptation is so far the area in which the most robust gender-sensitive language has been integrated, with a total of 10 decisions integrating gender references.
  • Out of the main areas of negotiations (adaptation, mitigation, finance, technology and capacity-building) mitigation has the lowest number of decisions that reference gender, with no guiding mandate for gender-sensitive mitigation actions. Gender considerations are only included in relation to REDD+ and response measures, with the latter only referring to women as a “vulnerable group”.
  • While mandates on paper are crucial, mitigating and adapting to climate change in a gender-transformative manner requires that the full and appropriate implementation of these policies is realized. Implementation lags behind, even in meeting gender balance goals, which jeopardizes potential impact: the current composition of UNFCCC boards and bodies, for example, which are explicitly mandated to target gender balance, especially via Decision 23/CP.18, remains notably inequitable. (See graph below)

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Please help us to share this compilation through the below sample tweets:

  • NEW policy guide on gender equality mandates in the #UNFCCC by @WEDO_Worldwide @IUCN_Gender @GGCA_Gender http://ow.ly/CNscF #ADP #COP20
  • Need a review of decisions on #gender in the #UNFCCC? Read a full compilation here http://ow.ly/CNscF #ADP #COP20
  • NUEVA Guía política mandatos de igualdad de género en el #UNFCCC @WEDO_Worldwide @IUCN_Gender http://ow.ly/CNt9w  #ADP #COP20
  • How is gender equality being integrated into climate change policy? Find out here: http://ow.ly/CNscF #ADP #COP20

For more information on this, please contact Bridget Burns, bridget[at]wedo.org.

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Subject: [WomenGenderConstituency] Women’s ‘Call to March’ at People’s Climate March To: womengenderconstituency the September 21st womengenderconstituency@googlegroups.com

 

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Hello all,

Apologies for the long email, please read!
As many of you know from e-mails and from our last Constituency meeting, based here in NY, WEDO has been working with many partners to organize a women’s contingent for the People’s Climate March, and we know many of you will be in NY at that time.
To support mobilization, we have drafted a ‘Call to March’ for the Women’s Organizing Table, which we have this week started circulating to partners for feedback and participation. This is not a position paper or statement, but simply a call to showcase the multitude of women’s groups, organizations and individuals joining the March and frame some collective solidarity of women marching together for climate justice. Though we did aim to echo some sentiments in the recent PreCOP statement.
The aim of the Call is to be concise, inspiring and inclusive, something which speaks to national women’s organizations in the U.S. as well as international partners working on climate change. The National Organization of Women (NOW) in the US has already indicated they would like to join the call.
We see this as an important moment, particularly for movement building in the United States. Already we are seeing tons of articles on how the U.S. will push for an accord in lieu of a treaty in the UNFCCC, in order to ensure something which would not need Congressional approval. There is a need for momentum building on this issue, and at a moment when racial, sexual, gender and economic injustice is so fiercely part of our national dialogue, it seems pressing to harness an opportunity for mobilization.
We aim to translate this call and have it live online for individuals and organizations to join. 
I share today for your feedback on whether -as individuals or organizations (or as a Constituency)-you/we would like to join this ‘Call to March’. 
PLEASE let me know of any feedback by Thursday, September 4th.
The Women’s Table is working to coordinate a space for women’s groups to assemble the morning of the March, info will be posted on www.peoplesclimate.org/women. Additionally for more regular updates you can join the PCM Women’s Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pcmwomen/
Finally, in addition to this more general call, I would also like your feedback on whether as a Constituency, we should perhaps think of tying our recent statement into some specific messaging for the March, having the Constituency represented with a call for ‘System Change not Climate Change” or with signs stating our positions on corporate capture, etc. There is an art space in Brooklyn providing free space to make art so we could consider that kind of representation.
Best,
Bridget K. Burns
Advocacy and Communications Director 
Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
skype: bridget.k.burns
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“Call For Input” RIO+FANRPA​N Partnershi​p on Gender and CSa and Invitation to Participat​e in our survey

Dear Colleagues:
The World Centre for Sustainable Development (The RIO+ Centre ) and the  Food and Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) would like to receive inputs from stakeholders in the five countries targeted by our project on Gender and Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA). The five countries are: Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
We have partnered in order to strengthen social outcomes of green growth and climate-smart solutions, such as climate-smart agriculture, at the national and local level.
Your answers will inform the Gender and CSA Assessment being implemented by the RIO+ as well as a Gender and CSA Strategy. These two major outputs from our partnership are intended to inform FANRPAN ‘s and national programming on CSA as well as RIO+ advocacy on sustainable development.
The survey will only take 20 minutes of your time and will close on August 29th, 2014.
If you have already been contacted, there is no need to complete the survey a second time.
Please email Leisa Perch, Project Manager, at leisa.perch@undp.org, copying Rosaly Byrd at rbyrd@ucsd.edu  for more information regarding the survey and to receive the hyper-link to the webpage.
We look forward to sharing the results soon thereafter.
Best regards
Leisa Perch
Policy Specialist/Project Manager – RIO+/FANRPAN Partnership Project
RIO+ Centre
The RIO+ Centre: One of the most important legacies of the RIO+20 Conference, was the launching of the “World Centre for Sustainable Development – The RIO+ Centre”. A partnership of the Government of Brazil and the United Nations Development Programme, based in Rio de Janeiro, we were established in 2013. We work to re-affirm and make actionable the inextricable link between social, economic and environmental policies for the achievement of sustainable development and human wellbeing.
 
Our partnership with FANRPAN, one of our first, targets the social dimensions of climate and agricultural policy by identifying ways to improve, support and enable  innovations for sustainability that create social as well as environmental and economic benefits.
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Beijing+20 NGO Review Forum – Invitation to participat​e

Take place between 3-5 November 2014 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The UNECE ahead of its Inter- Governmental Forum, mandated the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in Geneva to organize the NGO review Forum.  This forum is expected to bring together Civil societies and NGOs to contribute to the discussions and bring grass roots women’s voices on achievements made, remaining gaps and challenges on the implementation of the 12 critical areas of concern of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA).  As well as on emerging issues that affect women. The outcome of this NGO forum will feed into the UNECE Social Forum in November.  This NGO Forum Beijing +20 review for the 56 countires in the ECE region is scheduled to take place between 3-5 November 2014 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
They are reaching out to all CSOs and NGOs working on any aspect of  Sustainable Development and the Environment in the region to participate in this forum. Your assistance in sharing this invitation widely within your network will be appreciated.  You may wish to visit the dedicated website to learn more about this forum or click on the links below for some of these documents.
Financial support is available for some selected countries from the ECE region. This support is provided by the Canton of Geneva (which overseas Geneva International Cooperation) as part of its policies in support of international solidarity.   Please feel free to contact us for more information on the registration and/or your participation.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), is comprised of 56 countries (www.unece.org):
Albania,Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands,  Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The former YugoslavRepublic of Macedonia, Turkey,Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United – Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uzbekistan.
Looking forward to your participation.
Shared by
Lorena Aguilar R.
Global Senior Gender Adviser
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
1630 Connecticut Ave NW - Suite 300 Washington, DC 20009
Mobile: +16155212523
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Climate Blog – Road to Paris

Interesting insights from ICSU (International Council for Scientific Unions)

Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
When climate blog Road to Paris asked people who they’d like to hear more from on climate and sustainability issues, some simply replied women. So here is their list of 20 women making waves in the climate change debate. http://roadtoparis.info/top-list/20-women-making-waves-climate-change-debate/
When we asked people who they’d like to hear more from on climate and…

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New! Training Manual and Training Video on Social and Gender Equity in the Context of Forests and Climate Change

Dear GGCA Colleagues,
Fellow GGCA member RECOFTC shares exciting news of a new training video and manual focusing on Gender Equity in the Context of Forests and Climate Change.  Thank you Bhawana Upadhyay for sharing!
Best regards,
Cara
 
Training Video Explains Gender Equity in the Context of Forests and Climate Change

Recently produced by USAID-funded programs Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in Mekong (GREEN Mekong) and Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests program (USAID-LEAF), the training video targets community forestry practitioners to improve gender equity on the ground. The video explains the concept of gender equity in the context of forest communities and highlights best practices for achieving gender equity.

The video is informed by the case study produced by RECOFTC – Gender and community forests in a changing landscape: Lessons from Ban Thung Yao, Thailand with best practices highlighted from a joint study produced by Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID-LEAF) project.

Please click here or view the video at http://www.recoftc.org/site/resources/A-Fair-Climate-Gender-Equity-in-REDD-.php

Training Manual Launched to Improve Social Equity in Forests and Climate Change Context

The training manual on improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context, aims to develop the knowledge and capacity needed among grassroots facilitators to implement genuinely participatory processes for improving grassroots equity in forest-based climate change policy frameworks, mechanisms and initiatives.

It is based on the principle that grassroots stakeholders must be engaged in the decision-making processes for setting national policies and for designing and planning programmes. Grassroots stakeholders need to have meaningful opportunities to participate and their perspectives must be heard at all levels of the forests and climate change discourse to achieve more equitable outcomes.

While most of the existing REDD+ related training manuals focus on the theoretical concepts around forests, climate change and REDD+. This training manual provides guidance to train grassroots facilitators to better engage all stakeholders and to promote equity in forest-based climate change and forest management practices and interventions. Its main premise is to extend the practice and process of active participation towards effective engagement, through which equity can be improved.

RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests  P.O. Box 1111, Kasetsart Post Office, Bangkok 10903 Thailand Email: bhawana.upadhyay@recoftc.org Website: www.recoftc.org
Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Email:  cara@gender-climate.org Web: www.gender-climate.org Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender

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Open Letter Of Bolivian Chancellor on SDGs – Carta Abierta Canciller de Bolivia sobre ODS

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From: Silvia Ribeiro <silvia@etcgroup.org>     To: Women Major Group Listserve <women_major_group@googlegroups.com>

Subject: {Women_Major_Group} Open Letter Of Bolivian Chancellor on SDGs – Carta Abierta Canciller de Bolivia sobre ODS

I am forwarding the letter sent by Bolivia demanding to integrate respect for Mother Earth and harmony with Nature in the SDGs.
They are asking organizations for support signatures: adhesion.madretierra@gmail.com
The letter is in Spanish and English
Greetings,
Silvia
CALLE MÉNDEZ ARCOS # 776 ZONA SOPOCACHI.TELEF: +(591)-2-2148365
LA PAZ – BOLIVIA

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UN Women Sets 2030 “Expiratio​n Date” for Gender Inequality

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UN Women Sets 2030 “Expiration Date” for Gender Inequality

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women address journalists during a press briefing on the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, which was held in Beijing in September 1995. Photo by: Evan Schneider / U.N. 

By Jenni Cardamone - 27 June 2014

Almost two decades after 189 governments made a historic commitment in China to a world of equality between women and men, it’s time to discuss progress made and challenges ahead.

U.N. Women hosted on Thursday in New York a public event to launch their year-long campaign to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where tens of thousands of government, NGO and private sector officials produced the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a document lauded as visionary for its time and which today continues to pave the way for women’s empowerment and gender equality.

“Progress has been made — but we need more, and faster,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said. She pointed out, there is still “unfinished business” in the 12 critical areas of concern for women that were laid out in Beijing.  For instance, although the prevalence of female genital mutilation has declined, 30 million girls are still at risk in the next decade. Likewise, 35 percent of women around the world today have experienced some type of physical or sexual violence, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization.

“We are giving gender inequality an expiration date,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said, adding that men and boys must join the conversation and citing U.N. Women’s He For She campaign.

At the event, other participants, like U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, reminded participants that the essence of the Beijing vision is to build a better world for all of us, not just women and girls: “Remember, nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.”

Eliasson pointed out how even today only 21.8 percent of parliamentarian worldwide are women. One of them is Ine Eriksen Soreide, the Norwegian minister of defense, who cited her country as an example for gender equality.

“We have full participation of women in all sectors of society — and that is why we are a wealthy country,” Soreide said.

Gloria Steinem, a well-known U.S. advocate for women’s empowerment, noted that “we can’t be separated from the mainstream, we are the mainstream” and stressed that “the human race is like a bird with two wings. If one wing is broken, no one can fly.”

So how do we move forward and put the principles laid out in the Beijing Declaration to action? It’s time to implement, according to Greta Gunnarsdottir, permanent representative of Iceland — another world leader on gender equality — to the United Nations. “Let’s move gender equality to the top of the global agenda,” she said.

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The wikipedia page for SIGLO XXIII is up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siglo_XXIII,
The museo aha is already on Wikipedia as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Museo_Aja, in spanish: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museo_Aja.

marta benavides– SIGLO XXIII   EL SALVADOR — TEL 503-7904-9886 

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Upcoming Event on Gender and REDD+ in Indonesia

Dear Colleagues, 

In follow up to my e-mail below, I just wanted to share with you some information on the discussions and outcomes of the seminar that was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17 June on  “Achieving Gender Equality in REDD+ Implementation”. 

The participants discussed the necessity of promoting the equal participation of women in forest management schemes, and proposed various strategies for the expansion of women’s roles within REDD+ institutions, programmes and projects. They also emphasized the need for greater collaboration between stakeholders in order to mitigate existing challenges to the full inclusion of women in Indonesia’s pursuit of sustainable growth and equity.  

More information and details of the event, including speaker presentations and a summary report, can be found on the UNORCID website located here.” 

Many thanks and all the best,

Elizabeth 

From: Elizabeth Eggerts <elizabeth.eggerts@undp.org>
Subject: [GGCA] Upcoming Event on Gender and REDD+ in Indonesia
 

Dear Colleagues, 

I just wanted to pass some information along regarding an upcoming seminar being held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17 June 2014 on the topic of “Achieving Gender Equality in REDD+”.  The event is being co-hosted by Indonesia’s Ministry for Women Empowerment and Child Protection, BP REDD+, the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) and UN Women.  It aims to highlight the relevance of gender to REDD+ and to discuss strategic actions that can be taken to mainstream gender within REDD+ implementation. The event will be tweeted live, and discussions can be followed on Twitter at @UNORCID. 

More information on the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1oTUARU 

Media Advisory for the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1xXWW8s 

A report will also be prepared on the event and will be uploaded to the UNORCID website (http://www.unorcid.org/). 

Many thanks and all the best,

Elizabeth 

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UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituen​cy Website

Hello all,

You are invited to check out the new UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency website: http://womengenderclimate.org/, which we formally launched here in Bonn!
You will find all the interventions delivered by the WGC in the ‘Resources’ tab, as well as some updates on actions over the last two weeks– though we hope to add even more in the coming days.
We hope to take the next few weeks to test and improve the site, including a gallery of photos and videos of statements.
Best,
Bridget K. Burns
Advocacy and Communications Director 
Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
skype: bridget.k.burns

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Internatio​nal Photo (with Story) Competitio​n on Forests and Agricultur​e through a Gender Lens – Deadline June 15, 2014

 

From our Global Gender Climate Alliance [GGCA] partner, please share with your colleagues and networks.

All the best,
Pam
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Dear GGCA Colleagues,
Purabi Bose, of CGIAR/CIAT, shares an exciting opportunity to tell our best Forests and Agriculture stories through a Gender Lens in a photo competition (below).  
Entries are due by 15 June 2014.
 Announcements and further information is also available in the links that follow: Announcement in
English: http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Photo-Competition_Anno uncement_EN_PBose-2014.pdf Announcement in
Spanish: http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Photo-Competition_Anno uncement_ES_PBose-2014.pdf Announcement in
French: http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Photo-Competition_Anno uncement_FR_PBose-2014-.pdf Announcement in Bahasa Indonesia: http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Photo-Competition_Anno uncement_Ind_PBose-2014.pdf I encourage you to participate and share a photo story or
2.  Please consider cc’ing me if you submit photo, I would like to showcase your entry whether it makes the top 100 or not! Best regards, Cara Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)
Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender

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—–Original Message—– From: Bose, Purabi (CIAT) [mailto:p.bose@cgiar.org]  Sent: Saturday, May 10, 2014 1:45 PM To: cara@gender-climate.org Cc: sachi94@gmail.comftagenderphoto@gmail.com Subject: Reminder: International Photo (with Story) Competition on Forests

and Agriculture through a Gender Lens
Dear All:

Kind reminder to participate in the International Photo Competition (Photo with a Story) on Forests and Agriculture through a Gender Lens. Submit your contribution before June 15, 2014.

A wonderful opportunity for institutes and individuals to showcase their work on gender through photos and stories (success and/or failure) on broad theme of agriculture and forests. The selected photos with stories will be published in the Photo Book, and there are many more awards. Anyone can participate across globe.
For more information, kindly refer attachments of the photo competition announcements in four PDFs – each in English, Spanish, French, and Bahasa Indonesia languages.
Feel free to circulate this link among your colleagues at your institute and among your wider partner institute networks http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/international-photo-competition_purabi-bose/
We look forward to receive your contribution. Thank you.
Purabi.

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Seeking Media Intern

Dear Colleagues,
Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) Seeking Social Media Intern
Be a part of a dynamic network of women leaders working on the front lines of climate change action and solutions.
To learn more go to:www.wecaninternational.org  We are ramping up for events in NYC for the UN Climate Summit, the release of the Women’s Climate Action Agenda and other key events this year.
WECAN is seeking a savvy social media intern based in the U.S. who can commit 10 to 15 hours a week for 3 to 4 months (possibly more).
You will need excellent skills in writing and social media platforms as well as be capable of and enjoy rapid response to national and international climate related events.
It would be beneficial to have a background in women’s rights and empowerment and have a foundation in climate justice. You’ll have the honor of amplifying the collective work of amazing women leaders as they take on the greatest challenges of our time.
Creativity, humor, attention to detail, excellent communications skills, and computer access are a must.
If interested, please send cover letter and resume to Wyolah Garden, WECAN Program Coordinator wgarden@ix.netcom.com

 

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CSW 59 – BEIJING + 20 – UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN 2015
The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, tentatively scheduled for 9-20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session.

The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The review (Beijing+20) will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action, which highlighted further actions and initiatives.

The session will also address current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action, as well as opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

The review will be conducted at national, regional and global levels. States are urged to undertake comprehensive national-level reviews of the progress made and challenges encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. (See guidance note for the preparation of national reviews).

The regional commissions of the United Nations will undertake regional reviews. Both the national and regional review processes will feed into the global review.

 

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 e-discussi​on: Make financial markets work for women

Dear Colleagues,
Below is a great opportunity to engage in an e-discussion on a very timely topic.  Consider how you can participate and register to lend your perspective and expertise on how to make financial markets work for women.  The more voices and ears, the better!
WHEN: 14 May to 6 June 2014
WHEREwww.EmpowerWomen.org (Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment)
WHAT: Four focus areas: (1) Women’s access to financial services and products; (2) Women’s financial literacy and skills; (3) Women’s employment in the finance sector; (4) Measuring the gender impact.
HOWRegister to the Knowledge Gateway to participate. Once registered, you will receive an email with a verification link. Please click on this link to authenticate your email address.The e-discussion will be hosted here.
ORGANIZERS: UN Women and Oxford University’s Power Shift Forum.
Best regards,
Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Email:  cara@gender-climate.org Web: www.gender-climate.org Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender
From: Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment [mailto:knowledge.gateway@unwomen.org
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:13 PM To: info@gender-climate.org
Subject: Join our e-discussion on “Make financial markets work for women”
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Third WMO Gender Conference 5-7 November 2014  Geneva, Switzerlan​d

Dear GGCA Colleagues,

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing the 3rd Gender Conference for 5-7 November in Geneva, Switzerland.  Several GGCA members are headlining the event: FAO, IUCN, UNISDR, UN Women, and WHO.  Registration is open and further information (used largely from PreventionWeb.net) is below.

Best regards,

Cara

 

Objectives – To provide a forum for hearing the voice of women and men as users and providers of weather and climate information; – To specify the challenges that women and men face due to climate variability and change; – To propose concrete actions in the provision of weather and climate services that can address the specific needs of women and men; – To formulate new mechanisms and showcase good practices to enhance the ability of women and men to access and use weather and climate services and information.

Expected Outcomes – Better understanding of gender aspects in the provision, access and use of weather and climate services for resilience; – Firm commitments in the provision and use of gender-oriented weather and climate services in the context of the four GFCS priority areas; – Leveraged investment for addressing the gender dimension of weather and climate services; – Conference Statement/Recommendations to WMO and UN organizations

Additional information

Gender at World Meteorlogical Organization

About the 3rd Conference on The Gender Dimension of Weather and Climate Services 

Conference Programme Guide

Conference Promotional Material

How to register

Contact: Ms Assia Alexieva  World Meteorological Organization  7 bis, Avenue de la Paix  P.O. Box 2300  1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland  Tel. +41 22 730 8390  Email: aalexieva(at)wmo.int  http://www.wmo.int/gender

The Gender and Climate Forum of the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) concluded that the effects of weather and climate are not gender-neutral. Women and men are frequently affected differently by weather and climate impacts, and therefore could benefit from more contextualized weather and climate services for resilience building. They should also enjoy equal access to available weather and climate information. The Forum recommended that the Global Framework for ClimateServices (GFCS) reflect a gender perspective in all its components and that the collection of gender disaggregated data be enhanced.

At a time when WMO and its partners in the GFCS are forging ways to provide such user-driven, custom-tailored weather and climate information, it is essential to hear the voice of men and women, both as users and providers of climate services, with regard to their needs, gender-specific issues, and possible approaches of addressing them.
As part of the implementation of the WMO Policy on Gender Mainstreaming, this Conference will advance analysis of the gender dimension of weather and climate services. It will also amplify the decision taken at UNFCCC COP 18 to advance gender equality and improve the active participation of women in climate action. It will further be in line with the consideration of gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the context of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda as well as contribute to the preparations for the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20) in 2015.
Given the four GFCS initial priority areas, we want to generate discussion on the gender nuances of climate variability and climate change adaptation a s well as explore the ground for development of weather and climate services, taking equally into account the needs of women and men in the areas of health, food, water, and disaster risk reduction. A s the examples below illustrate, there are specific ways in which women and men are affected by climate change in these sectors:

Food Security Women provide up to 80 per cent of agricultural labour and produce 45 to 90 per cent of domestically consumed food, depending on the region. In the context of climate change, traditional food sources become more vulnerable, and women face potential loss of income as well as harvests. Related increases in food prices make food more inaccessible to poor people, in particular to  women and children whose health has been found to decline more than male health in times of food shortages. Overall, women’s scarcer economic resources, lower adult literacy, and smaller involvement in decision-making lessen their capacity to respond in situations of environmental risk to food security.  At the same time, they play an important role in terms of family subsistence and managing the risk to global food supply in the face of an unprecedented world population growth.

Disaster risk reduction Every year 100 million women and girls are affected by disasters. Female-headed households are often among the poorest and  most vulnerable to disaster and climate change, as they may have little choice other than to live in precarious locations such as flood-prone lands or on steep slopes. Studies have shown that disaster mortality rates are higher for women than for men, and that this is caused by differences in vulnerability as a result of socially constructed gender roles, and inequalities between them in access to resources and decision-making power. Meanwhile, as mothers, community leaders, teachers, activists, social workers and role models, women are invaluable in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation processes.

Water Management Gathering and transporting water in a number of developing countries, least developed and Small Island Developing States  typically falls on women and girls, who spend up to six hours every day fetching water. A task that is taking increasingly longer as a result of climate change, especially in drought prone areas. This results in less time available for education or other socio- economic activities for women and girls decreases. The longer travelling distance further heightens the risk of being exposed to violence. Women also play an important role as educators at the family and community level on the efficient use of water  resources.

Health There are gender related differences in many of the health risks that are likely to be influenced by on-going climate variability and change. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), natural disasters such as droughts, floods and storms kill more  women than men. Some diseases that women and children are especially vulnerable to, such as malaria and diarrhoea, are also expected to increase in prevalence as temperatures rise or as a result of floods and water contamination.
Air pollution and climate change are also tightly linked, with close to two million premature deaths caused annually, mostly of women and children in developing countries, due to the inefficient use of organic materials for cooking. There are also differences in other climate-sensitive health impacts, such as malnutrition.

Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Email:  cara@gender-climate.org Web: www.gender-climate.org Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender

 

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Report of Joint Meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi Work Programme on ITK & Gender-Sen​sitive Tools and Approaches 1 – 4 April 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,
Please be informed that the report on the meeting on available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation has been made available online on the UNFCCC website. Kindly find below the respective link:
http://unfccc.int/documentation/documents/advanced_search/items/6911.php?pri ref=600007852#beg
With kind regards from Bonn,
Juliette
Impacts, Vulnerability and Risks
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United Nations Climate Change Secretariat Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1 53113 Bonn, Germany Phone +49 228 815 1174 Fax +49 228 815 1999 jcorssen@unfccc.int http://unfccc.int

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Regional Spotlight: Africa | Nairobi Policy Dialogue & Learning Exchange | African Union | Regional Organizing | Securing Women’s Tenure on Customary Land | Linking Land & Resilient Developmen​t

Having trouble viewing this email? http://www.huairou.org

The articles in this Regional Spotlight: Africa special edition of the HC Update newsletter originally appeared in the Spring 2014 Women’s Land Link Africa (WLLA) newsletter, which you can download 
  
Women’s Land Link Africa (WLLA) is a platform for grassroots women to build their collective knowledge and to persuasively advocate for their development goals around land and housing. WLLA plays a unique role as a center for innovation and knowledge dissemination through peer-to-peer exchanges across communities and countries on the continent and globally. There are currently 23 WLLA members operating in 13 countries in Africa. WLLA is distinguished by its
focus on grassroots women’s own priorities, interventions and agendas.
Throughout the coming year at the Huairou Commission, we will be reorganizing the WLLA governance structure and developing working groups around thematic areas, such as urban and peri urban land and customary land administration, amongst others.  

If you are interested in joining the leadership team working on this process, please contact Regina Pritchett at the Huairou Commission Secretariat: 

regina.pritchett@huairou.org

 

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Join live-streatmed launch of Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox on 15 October

 

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to join the live-streamed launch of Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox on International Day of Rural Women (15 October)!  More information posted here and below. 

Download official event invitation and share with friends, colleagues and networks.

Regards,

Cara

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Gender and Equity theme is, together with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), organising a special event on Wednesday 15 October, looking at the development and use of gender-sensitive approaches in the context of climate change and agriculture research.

The event will launch a Gender & Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change & Agriculture. The toolbox is a participatory methodology guide on how to create socially differentiated research for climate adaptation and mitigation projects.

The event will feature speakers from ICRAF, CCAFS, CARE International, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), all involved in the development of the Gender Toolbox.

How to join online?

The event will be live-streamed to a global audience between 10:00-12:00 am East Africa Time [8:00-09:00 UK Time]. There will be opportunities to ask questions to the presenters via online chat using #gendertoolbox during the seminar.

To get a reminder about the live-stream and to express your interest in joining, email Risper Nyairo: r.nyairo[at]cgiar.org.

 The web stream will be available on ICRAF’s live-stream page.

 Interested in joining in person?

The launch will take place at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), in Nairobi, Kenya, in the Conference Hall. After the presentations, onsite participants will be able to join a Gender Networking Lunch. The afternoon will include fun games, activities and challenges, all reflecting on the value of gender and social differentiation in agriculture and climate change programming.

Program outline [in East Africa Time]

- 10:00-12:00 Livestreamed launch of Gender Toolbox 

- 12:00-13:30 Gender Networking Lunch for onsite participants

- 13:30-15:30 Gender and Social inclusion discussions and games.

Learn more about the Gender Toolbox: Coming soon: a gender and climate change manual made by many

Reserve your seat by 8 October by sending an email to Risper Nyairo:r.nyairo[at]cgiar.org. Please indicate name, number of attendees, organization and contact information.

More information about the presentations, featured speakers and outline of the meeting will soon be posted here!

 There is a need to move beyond an ‘add women and stir’ approach to climate change and development is imperative if we are to create relevant and useful gender-sensitive knowledge for a climate-resilient future. Therefore, join the gender-discussions on 15 October!

The event is carried out in collaboration with CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Gender and Equity Theme, CARE International, and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

The Toolbox has been put to the test. Learn more from this blog.

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Indonesia Climate Change Education Forum & Expo  1 – 4 May 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Please share this announcement with your colleagues and networks.  Addressing Article 6 of the Convention, Indonesia is hosting the Indonesia Climate Change Education Forum and Expo (ICCEFE)  Thursday May 1st through Sunday May 4th, at the Jakarta Convention Center.  Last year they received 50,000 visitors, this year the theme focuses on The Role of Women and Youth in Climate Change Solutions.  To view the program, visit http://www.dnpi.go.id
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Rugue, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhien
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
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Dear Colleagues,
The Indonesia Climate Change Education Forum and Expo (ICCEFE) will be held at the Jakarta Convention Center on Thursday, May 1, 2014 until Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Last year this annual event attracted 50,000 visitors, including school children, to exhibits presented by stakeholders showcasing their efforts in addressing climate change.
Hosted by the National Council on Climate Change Indonesia and open to the public, the theme for this year’s event is  “The Role of Women and Youth in Climate Change Solutions.”
In addition to the exhibits, dozens of unique programs are scheduled to raise awareness on climate change, ranging from art & music performances, interactive dialogues and games to workshops, film festival and cooking demos.
Please visit www.dnpi.go.id to view the detailed programs.
Kind regards
Amanda Katili Niode
National Focal Point for Article 6 of UNFCCC
Indonesia

 

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Dear Colleagues,
Emma Bowa who manages the Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa (ALP) for CARE Kenya was recently interviewed by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network CDKN.
In the below interview she talks about gender & climate policy in Kenya, the role of gender in people’s vulnerabilities to climatic impacts, and what has been and can be done to strengthen the role of women in making decisions and driving action on climate change in Northern Kenya.
Happy reading,
Agens

OPINION: How Kenya can turn its gender and climate change commitments into reality

Kenya has strongly promoted gender equity and  women’s participation in climate change mitigation and adaptation programmes. Emma Bowa of CARE Kenya talked to CDKN’s Giovanna Grandoni about whether these aspirations are borne out in reality..
Kenya is among the first African countries to develop legislation and policies that promote the participation of women in climate change activities. How are women involved in mitigation and adaptation programmes?
Women are increasingly getting involved in climate change programmes, both at the policy level and at the implementation (community) level. The Kenyan constitution offers a fairly good framework for equity and the Gender Commission is a mechanism set up to ensure that issues of equity are addressed in the country. There is a draft climate change policy and Bill in the country; both mention gender and women’s rights issues, although not in detail. The Kenya National Climate Change Action Plan also makes a mention of gender and women’s issues.
However, the challenge lies in the implementation of plans and policies developed; as well as in targeting the most vulnerable groups of people. More effort needs to be placed on ensuring that the necessary resources, financial and technical, are available for effective implementation.
It is widely acknowledged that women are among the most vulnerable to climate change in developing countries; for example, in the IPCC’s report Climate 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.  Based on your experience, what does the Kenyan experience show us?
It is true that there are disproportionately negative impacts of climate change on women. There are numerous examples of this, such as walking long distances to look for water, being left behind with children and small livestock to look after, when men move away in search of pasture and water in pastoralist communities, for example. Women  have also borne the brunt of natural resource-based conflicts; thesehave increased in recent times as a result of climate change related hazards, mainly longer, more severe and less predictable droughts.
However, women are not a homogeneous group, nor are they only passive or just victims in the context of climate change. They are actively engaging and influencing climate change and development planning and decision making processes. In Garissa, for example, they are increasingly diversifying their asset and capital base through small-scale businesses and village savings and loans groups. They are contributing to the planning and decision-making processes, by   highlighting their roles in post- harvest marketing and value addition.
Which CARE  projects are focusing on gender and climate change?
One is the Adaptation Learning Programme, which promotes community based adaptation approaches and models. One of the main successes has been in integrating the use of climate information for participatory adaptation planning and decision making at the community level, as well as the County and national levels.
A second one , the STARCK+ project, looks at developing a County Adaptation Fund  to support public good investments. The public good investments will be informed by participatory vulnerability and capacity assessments and by climate information through community-based adaptation planning processes. These will be led by ward adaptation planning committees ) supported by county adaptation planning committees.)
A gender analysis was carried out as part of the baseline to look at the differences and complementarities between men and women. The study went further, to interrogate ‘men and women’ as heterogeneous groups and considered issues of age, geographic location, livelihoods and access to resources. Women and men’s livelihoods activities were identified, and recommendations for strengthening linkages and interactions made. For example, men are engaged in the farm work and production of crops and animals, while women are more involved in the sale of the farm produce. Initially, when providing climate information, the focus was on  agricultural production, in terms of what to plant, when and what inputs to use. Including women in the discussions and planning processes ensured that climate information was also being produced to inform their investment and savings choices. In this way, some households reported having undertaken climate risk analysis for both production and the post-production periods and this helped to reduce and spread the climate risks.
What were the results of this gender analysis? How are men and women’s roles different and how does that relate to the common need to cope with climate change?
This varies from context to context. In some of the contexts, gender roles have also been changing with the changing climate. Generally, where systems and structures exist to allow for adaptation planning, men usually take a lead, with limited representation from women and the youth. However, there are efforts to promote increased representation from diverse groups within a community. During extreme events such as droughts and floods, women are left with children
For example in some traditionally nomadic pastoralist communities, there is less movement of the communities given the more frequent and longer droughts. Livestock has died in thousands and so the communities are settling into more sedentary lifestyles. Women have now started taking up income generating activities so as to contribute to income in the household. Men have also begun to work more closely with women. They have previously been separated in their roles, but having more interaction and understanding each other’s contribution has helped them to work better together.
How was it different in the communities you have worked with?
In Garissa, women do not take part in any farm activities. The men prepare the land and plant the seeds. They also grow pasture and take care of animals. Women have more access to the animals and can milk them, but cannot make decisions on selling them or slaughtering them for food or other reasons. As they are now living a more sedentary lifestyle, the women have had access to information and resources and are involved in selling the produce from the farm including milk products. The men are now interacting more with the women in planning for the season and the two groups complement each other. Women are charged with feeding children and the savings and loans help them to have extra resources for food, medicines and other necessities during extreme events, for example.
According to your experience, what are key measures to get more women involved in decision-making? What are the main consequences when it happens at community level?
The main measures should include:  raising awareness, increased capacity building,  research for more evidence based advocacy, and an enabling policy environment to ensure gender equality is mainstreamed and that institutions are well resourced.
When women are involved in decision-making they are able to share their perspectives. They also highlight the fact that not all women are the same. For example, there are differences according to the age and livelihoods groups they come from. Moreover, we have seen the differences in our project: since involving women in the capacity-building and climate information work in Garissa, they have had opportunities to speak publicly. The community has generally acknowledged that women also have skills that can be tapped into, including business skills, money management skills and leadership skills. It has been acknowledged that women can be active agents of change and can complement and/or build on to the work that the men are doing.
What are the  challenges around gender in Kenya today? What solutions do you suggest at national and community levels?
There’s still inequitable access and control over resources, at financial and technical levels and concerning access to information.
Planning and decision-making does not always take into account gender issues and the specific effects of climate change on different groups. Even where there are attempts to consider the differences between men and women, these groups are treated as homogeneous; generally with women as passive victims and men as active perpetrators, who prevent women from accessing and enjoying their rights.
Most of the policymakers and decision-makers understand gender concepts, but have limited information or capacity to transfer this information into action. They aren’t sure what integrating gender looks like in practice. On the other hand, there is often a lack of resources (financial, human, technical, time, research) allocated to ensure gender mainstreaming in climate change programming.
These can be addressed by complementing the actions already mentioned (raising awareness, increased capacity building, research and studies to support evidence based advocacy) with activities aimed at enabling legal and policy framework, and increasing the allocation of resources.
Image: Woman leader in Garissa, courtesy CARE Kenya.
by: CDKN Global | on: 10am, April 14, 2014
Agnes Otzelberger  |  CARE  |  Climate Change Adaptation and Gender Coordinator |  Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN) 
Brighton, UK  |  www.careclimatechange.org
T: +43 (0)660 5870506  |  Twitter: @AgnesCARE
skype: agnes_otz

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 WorldYout​h] Press Release: Internatio​nal Mother Earth Day

WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH

PRESS RELEASES

INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY: ‘GREEN CITIES’

DATE: 22ND APRIL 2014

 ‘We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children’~ Native American Proverb

For many years, she, our mother earth, has inhabited humans, animals and plants providing a haven to accommodate all living things without asking for much in return, merely a pledge to live in harmony. Regarding the vast benefits that have been rendered to us, it is sad to know that society has repaid with little or almost nothing; instead, society continues to act as an agent of destruction posing many challenges and annihilations suffered by her.

To acknowledge the significance of Mother Earth, 22nd of April has been specially observed as the International Mother Earth Day, held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally. It recognizes that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance. It also aims to raise awareness that humans have a collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature and to balance the economic, social and environmental needs of present as well as those of future generations.

This year’s theme, ‘Green Cities’, focuses on making communities all over the world, green,  healthy and sustainable. In fact, recent days are the high time when societies are mostly determined to invest in efficient and renewable energy, rebuild cities and towns, and solve the climate crisis. Over the next couple of years, with a focus on Earth Day 2014, the Green Cities campaign will mobilize a global movement to hasten the transition of blending a modern urban-lifestyle with a touch of nature. Its aim is to help cities accelerate their transition to a cleaner, healthier, and more economically viable future through improvement in efficiency, investment in renewable technology and regulation reform. In addition, all stakeholders will work on the ground by strategically placing cities and towns to organise grassroots efforts to improve local codes, ordinances, and policies that will help in realization of green cities.

We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), are observing the selected theme “Green Cities” to highlight the awareness of measures taken to protect our mother earth. We strongly believe the time has come to halt all actions which degrade our mother earth; instead, we should seek proper ways of tailoring nature and green environment to the metropolitan life. We, especially young people, are all accountable and shall take up the responsibility by increasing efforts, raising awareness; taking initiative, and righting the wrongs of our ancestors. It’s time for youth to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis. Small efforts and contributions of youth such as usage of environmental friendly products and involvement as volunteers to conduct activities pertaining to green environment are highly encouraged.

Today possesses a scared opportunity for all people to unite, to seek harmony and peace to nature, for our children, families, societies, and for all inhabitants of Mother Earth. Thus, let us join hands in love, compassion and understanding to call for a new era of green cities revolution.

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY!

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WAY Secretariat

 

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Women's Empowerment Principles

Live Webcast

 11 March at 1:15-2:30pm EST

Women’s Empowerment Principles Official Side Event of CSW58

Co-sponsored by the Government of Australia, UN Global Compact, UN Women, International Federation of Business and Professional Women and the NGO CSW Forum 2014, the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business
Re-Visioning the Development Agenda – A Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue

will be live-streamed internationally. Friends and colleagues that are unable to join us in person, please join via live webcast at http://webtv.un.org.
See programme here.

Join the Conversation!
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Dear GGCA Members,

 

I am pleased to share an update on gender related news from CSW58 (below) from http://uncsd.iisd.org/news/csw-58-recommends-stand-alone-gender-goal/

 

A big “Thank you” to our colleagues who work tirelessly to advocate and ensure that gender will be reflected in the Post 2015 Development Agenda!  Those on the ground and directly involved remotely in the CSW58 conference had a hand in the agreed set of conclusions that includes recommendations for both a stand-alone gender goal and having gender integrated into all goals through targets and indicators.  To my knowledge, CARE, International Alliance of Women, MRFCJ, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, UN SD Education Caucus, UN Women, and WEDO were present and active at CSW58.

 

Good work!  But we know there is more to be done.  Let’s celebrate this success and use its momentum to capitalize on opportunities this year to continue to influence a new climate deal that considers gender at its heart.

 

Best regards,

Cara

Cara Beasley
Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)

Email:  cara@gender-climate.org
Web: www.gender-climate.org
Skype: cara.beasley
Twitter: @GGCA_gender

 

 


 

CSW 58 Recommends Stand-alone Gender Goal

22 March 2014: The 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 58) agreed on a set of conclusions on its priority theme, ‘Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls.’ The Commission called for gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment to be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda both as a stand-alone goal and to be integrated into all goals through targets and indicators.

 

To accelerate MDG achievement and prioritize gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 agenda, the session’s outcome recommends global, regional and national level actions on: realizing women’s and girls’ full enjoyment of all human rights; strengthening the enabling environment for gender equality; maximizing investments in gender equality and women’s rights; strengthening the evidence-base for gender quality; and ensuring women’s participation at all levels and strengthening accountability.

 

The outcome of CSW 58 “represents a milestone towards a transformative global development agenda that puts the empowerment of women and girls at its center,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. She commended the Commission for providing “valuable guidance” on shortcomings in designing and implementing the MDGs and identifying issues not sufficiently addressed by the MDGs. Such issues include: women’s equal access to assets and productive resources; women’s disproportionate share of unpaid care work; the gender wage gap; violence against women; women’s sexual and reproductive health; and women’s participation in decision-making.

 

In its outcome, CSW 58: welcomed progress made for women and girls on several MDGs while expressing deep concern that overall progress remains “slow and uneven” across all MDGs; expressed special concern about the lack of progress for the most marginalized groups of women and girls and those living in conflict-affected countries; expressed concern that several MDG indicators, including those on environmental sustainability, hunger, poverty and the global partnership for sustainable development, do not provide information about women and girls; recognized that a lack of investment in gender statistics has limited gender-responsive MDG monitoring; recognized several areas that have hindered MDG achievement for women and girls, such as climate change, food insecurity, global financial and economic crises, volatile food and energy prices, unequal power relations between women and men, and discriminatory laws, social norms and stereotypes; and recognized the lack of systematic gender mainstreaming and under-investment in gender equality and women’s empowerment as barriers to progress.

 

CSW 58 convened from 10-21 March 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. More than 6,000 representatives attended the meeting, which included over 135 events by UN agencies and over 300 parallel events hosted by civil society. [UN Women Statement] [UN Press Release] [CSW 58 Website] [Draft Agreed Conclusions]

 


read more: http://uncsd.iisd.org/news/csw-58-recommends-stand-alone-gender-goal/

 

 

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Invitation​:  “Caring for Women is Caring for the World:  The challenges pre- and post- 2015

 

 CSW58 Flyer             CSW58 BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

 

 

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UN CSW58  March 10 – 21, 2014 – Side Event Announceme​nt “U.N. Women’s Circles Connecting​” Fri. March 7th

Dear Community of Educators,
The U.N. fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women [CSW], March 10-21, 2014 will take place at UN Headquarters in New York.  Several UN SD  Education Caucus members will actively be taking part in the meetings.  If you are planning on joining the CSW58 meetings in NY, let us know, share your reports, briefings, advocacy work, and announcements, as we follow the good work.
Here is a link to provide an overview of the CSW, https://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
__________________ Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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“WAY”

WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH

PRESS RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: ‘EQUALITY FOR WOMEN IS PROGRESS FOR ALL’

DATE: 8 MARCH 2014

 

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights “Gloria Steiner

 

What could possibly be more hurtful than witnessing a woman full to the brim with potential, only to be hindered and constrained by gender-discrimination. Over the past decade, the issue of gender equality has attained widespread awareness, and has been addressed with increasing urgency in support of the rights of women.

The discussion of women’s rights has been at the forefront of human rights endeavours, since the boom of industry in Europe and the USA in the late 1880s, particularly when women begun working in industry alongside men, combatting disparities in treatment, wages and entitlements.

Celebrated annually on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day thrives for the recognition of the achievements of women without regard to segregation in linguistic, ethnicity, cultural, political or economic. It is a day set aside for us to look back on the past struggles of women, their accomplishments and the journey ahead towards attaining comprehensive gender equality.

The new millennium has seen a significant transformation and attitudinal shift in society’s view on women emancipation, resulting in greater equality in legislative rights and an increased viability as impressive role models in all aspect of life, taking on roles and occupations initially dominated by the male gender.

 

Today, however apparent progress in gender equality may seem, many efforts still need to be engaged towards a society where gender equality is absolute. Towards such efforts, we, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) continue to partake in the global initiatives for enlivening the principle of gender equality. In line with this year theme ‘Equality for Women is Progress for all’, we urge young women to step up and work to realize their true potential as part of a gender neutral society, and strive even harder to alleviate the hardships still being faced by fellow women, around the world.

As a global community, we cannot truly achieve progress and growth, until we address the concerns of those closest to us, let us work hand in hand towards levelling the playing field, let us work towards attaining gender equality. Change will always be what you make of it, and it starts with you.

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

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WAY SECRETARIAT

 

 

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Third WMO gender conference 05-07 Nov 2014

 

Dear Climate Colleagues,

 

Below is an opportunity to attend the Third WMO gender conference 05-07 Nov 2014organized by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) focusing on gendered aspects of climate change.  The announcement comes from http://www.preventionweb.net/english/professional/trainings-events/events/v.php?id=36560&a=email&utm_source=pw_email.

 

Let us know if you plan to attend.  The WMO has been very supportive of Environmental Education and Educating  for Sustainability.

 

 

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change

 

 

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Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

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Type: Meeting or Conference

·         Date: 05-07 Nov 2014

·         Location: Switzerland (Geneva)

Main organizer

·         World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Description

The Gender and Climate Forum of the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) concluded that the effects of weather and climate are not gender-neutral. Women and men are frequently affected differently by weather and climate impacts, and therefore could benefit from more contextualized we ather and climate services for resilience building. They shou ld also enjoy equal access to available weather and climate information. The Forum recommended that the Global Framework for ClimateServices (GFCS) reflect a gender perspective in all its components and that the collection of gender disaggregated data be enhanced.

At a time when WMO and its partners in the GFCS are forging ways to provide such user-driven, custom-tailored weather and
climate information, it is essential to hear the voice of men and women, both as users and providers of climate services, with
regard to their needs, gender-specific issues, and possible approaches of addressing them.

As part of the implementation of the WMO Policy on Gender Mainstreaming, this Conference will advance analysis of the gender dimension of weather and climate services. It will also amplify the decision taken at UNFCCC COP 18 to advance gender equality and improve the active participation of women in climate action. It will further be in line with the consideration of gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the context of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda as well as contribute to the preparations for the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20) in 2015.

Given the four GFCS initial priority areas, we want to generate discussion on the gender nuances of climate variability and climate change adaptation a s well as explore the ground for development of weather and climate services, taking equally into a
ccount the needs of women and men in the areas of health, food, water, and disaster risk reduction. A s the examples below illustrate, there are specific ways in which women and men are affected by climate change in these sectors:

Food Security

Women provide up to 80 per cent of agricultural labour and produce 45 to 90 per cent of domestically consumed food, depending on the region. In the context of climate change, traditional food sources become more vulnerable, and women face potential loss of income as well as harvests. Related increases in food prices make food more inaccessible to poor people, in particular to  women and children whose health has been found to decline more than male health in times of food shortages. Overall, women’s scarcer economic resources, lower adult literacy, and smaller involvement in decision-making lessen their capacity to respond in
situations of environmental risk to food security.

At the same time, they play an important role in terms of family subsistence and managing the risk to global food supply in the face of an unprecedented world population growth.

Disaster risk reduction

Every year 100 million women and girls are affected by disasters. Female-headed households are often among the poorest and  most vulnerable to disaster and climate change, as they may have little choice other than to live in precarious locations such as
flood-prone lands or on steep slopes. Studies have shown that disaster mortality rates are higher for women than for men, and that this is caused by differences in vulnerability as a result of socially constructed gender roles, and inequalities between them in access to resources and decision-making power. Meanwhile, as mothers, community leaders, teachers, activists, social workers and role models, women are invaluable in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation processes.

Water Management
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Gathering and transporting water in a number of developing countries, least developed and Small Island Developing States  typically falls on women and girls, who spend up to six hours every day fetching water. A task that is taking increasingly longer as a result of climate change, especially in drought prone areas. This results in less time available for education or other socio- economic activities for women and girls decreases. The longer travelling distance further heightens the risk of being exposed to violence. Women also play an important role as educators at the family and community level on the efficient use of water  resources.

Health

There are gender related differences in many of the health risks that are likely to be influenced by on-going climate variability and
change. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), natural disasters such as droughts, floods and storms kill more  women than men. Some diseases that women and children are especially vulnerable to, such as malaria and diarrhoea, are also expected to increase in prevalence as temperatures rise or as a result of floods and water contamination.

Air pollution and climate change are also tightly linked, with close to two million premature deaths caused annually, mostly of women and children in developing countries, due to the inefficient use of organic materials for cooking. There are also differences in other climate-sensitive health impacts, such as malnutrition.

Objectives

- To provide a forum for hearing the voice of women and men as users and providers of weather and climate information;
- To specify the challenges that women and men face due to climate variability and change;
- To propose concrete actions in the provision of weather and climate services that can address the specific needs of women and men;
- To formulate new mechanisms and showcase good practices to enhance the ability of women and men to access and use weather and climate services and information.

Expected Outcomes

- Better understanding of gender aspects in the provision, access and use of weather and climate services for resilience;
- Firm commitments in the provision and use of gender-oriented weather and climate services in the context of the four GFCS priority areas;
- Leveraged investment for addressing the gender dimension of weather and climate services;
- Conference Statement/Recommendations to WMO and UN organizations

Additional information

http://www.wmo.int/pages/themes/gender/documents/3…

Target audience

Providers and users of weather, climate and related environmental services

How to register

Contact: Ms Assia Alexieva
World Meteorological Organization
7 bis, Avenue de la Paix
P.O. Box 2300
1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Tel. +41 22 730 8390
Email: aalexieva(at)wmo.int
http://www.wmo.int/gender

Related Links

·         View concept note [ext. link]

Keywords

·         Themes:Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management, Food Security & Agriculture, Gender, Health & Health Facilities, Water

·         Countries/Regions:Switzerland

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Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/36560

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Educating for sustainability: Marta – Reflections for the 21st Century: On How t o Discern on the Importance of International Women’s Day

Reflections for the 21st Century: On How to Discern on the Importance of International Women’s Day

By Marta Benavides,

GCAP Global Co Chair, and the Feminist Task Force/FTF,

SIGLO XXIII Movement for Culture of Peace,

El Salvador.

The International day of Women was created in recognition and to celebrate the Rights of women workers, in order to promote their participation in the struggle for equity and equality, which presently is one of the UN Millennium Development Goals/MDGs.. and in the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals/SDGs, it is being considered as a possible stand alone goal, so, women can have an effective equal presence with men, for social and personal development. In the Sustainability and Social development Agenda, gender perspective and women rights are considered to be key to the eradication of poverty and hunger, and to the creation of the WORLD AND FUTURE THAT MUST BE CREATED FOR THE CARE OF PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS AND THE URGENT CARE OF THE PLANET.

It was first celebrated on 8th March1911, in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland The United Nations at its General Assembly in 1977, proclaimed 8th March as the International Day for Women´s Rights, and now this celebration and commemoration is in most countries a Nationally celebrated day.

Today, in spite of all the work about it, the concern on all types of violence and discrimination against women continues to be a major issue and concern, to the point that in many countries there are offices to monitor them as feminicides. El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru and Mexico are concrete examples of this situation, which happen in many more countries and still does not seem to be effectively addressed.

Violence against women is not just what is happening to individual women, we see that the educational, economic, social and cultural aspects of the current systems, at local, national and global levels must intentionally work with a transformational agenda to be able to achieve this urgently needed change, that not only robs women and societies of peace, but does not allow the qualitative development for the new paradigm to become a reality in our life time.

There are aspects, many historical, many legal, many cultural, and economic that affect directly the maintenance of this reality: the colonial and slave enterprise, the international division of labor, the forced impoverishment that maintains people to live in survival, which in turn needs to force women into the care and the so called informal economy and to be cheap labor. All these conditions are based in ignorance and a culture of discrimination and the exploitation of peoples and whole nations, this is what we consider to be the extractive model of development, which is based in the violations of all human rights, the economic,social and cultural rights of peoples, and the rights of the planet and the environment.

The structures of the state, must reflect the commitment to this understanding, that this is a matter of peace and of national security, thus there must be policies of state and administration of government that in fulfillment of the national constitution go about meeting in a timely manner, these demands for the well being of all, and the care of the planet. The national and international budgets must reflect this commitment. This is not about assistance, but about real transformation of all the endeavors of national and global society. If a country finds a way to meet the basic needs of women by taking loans that the whole society must pay, but the national constitution, and the various policies and services do not show the timely commitment for equity and equality, the chance to eradicate poverty and hunger will only be about the alleviation of these two major indicators of real development and sustainability It is then urgent and important not to fall in such a trap, which only comes to add to the financial and economic indebtedness of the society, and nations, to say the least, and to maintain the system of inequality and impoverishment as it basically exist..

If we are serious about this commitments and we keep our eyes wide open, and our eyes in the prize as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., called us to be, we will be able to detect the countless very costly gimmicks that are being created and carried out today, under the guise for women equality and for the defense of their rights.

It is time to go from the promises to real action, it can be done, and the enjoyment of the fullness of life can be a reality sooner rather than later.Now is the time… let us move now.

A way to contribute to this societal change of paradigm about equity and equality for all, and in particular for women, it is most important to make sure we have clarity of the call, FOR THE WORLD AND FUTURE THAT ARE NEEDED FOR THE CARE OF PEOPLE AND PLANET, FOR THE ERADICATION NOT THE ALLEVIATION OF POVERTY AND HUNGER.

In El Salvador we have been conducting consultations on the MDGs and toward the SDGs, with the very people that have been excluded for centuries, since the colonizers went global around the world. These are some of the considerations that are key to real, timely and relevant results:

Women, youth/children, migrants, older adults, first nations, LGBTQ, people with special challenges, rural and coastal peoples, who have been and are traditionally excluded must be intentionally listened to, and brought into the circle of all.

Use the correct language when referring to people in conditions of poverty– not the poor, the marginalized, the less fortunate, the disadvantage.. etc. etc.. you know all the names used to refer to people forced into poverty

Do remember that there is lots of expertise in our communities, we know how to transform the situations we have to face, besides resisting them, we create possibilities. When we say we know how to end poverty and hunger, listen to us.. it is because of the illegal colonial practices, that we do not have our lands, water, seeds.. we know how to feed people, we have been doing this in spite of the land graving that is still going on. See our expertise. Do not continue to dismiss it, commit to not do it any more.

Know that INGOs and NGOs can only accompany us in the social transformations that must happen, but each of person can choose to walk with us. Do not look down on us, nor use our situation to live privileged life.

Be willing to see deeply on what has been going on.. we know of high level staff at the UN, who deny the impact of the historical colonial and slavery experiences.. these two are key to understand the conditions in which we are now, and to figure out the ways to move ahead. Cultural aspects are also very important factors of development

For our communities peace and development are one and the same.. and happiness is what we see as a good result of them… success and progress do not mean the same to us as those people that see them as privilege, position and money.

The UN is a peace organization, thus all its work must be for the enjoyment of a culture of peace.

We understand that there is a critical financial and economic crisis, a crisis of employment and an environmental – climate change crisis that are impacting very negatively all aspects of life and that is also at the roots of conflict and violence, and wars.

Especially we need to call attention to the following recommendation, which for our people is the most important and needed work that must carried out immediately:

We are affirming the recommendation consumption and production patterns by Social Watch:

Joint civil society action around Post-2015 has to focus on goals and commitments for the countries of the North, the necessary changes of the consumption and production patterns in these countries, and the structural framework conditions shaped by these countries, particularly in the global financial, investment and trade systems.

This call to do this urgent work is best understood and underlined by a message from Bolivians on the terrible floorings they are suffering today: Therefore the Bolivian tragedy cannot be blamed only in climate change but in the fatal combination of causes all related to the thirst for energy of the occidental way of life.

Here are suggested indicators to measure the effectiveness of this work, they were presented Feb 2014 to the UN by the Women Major Group and the Women Post 2015 Coalition working for the creation of the SDGs:

  • Secure Safe and Sustainable and Just Production and Consumption Patterns and eliminate hazardous substances and technologies.
  • Guarantee (100%) application of the precautionary principle and the polluter pays principle to policies and programs on sustainable production and consumption and to new and existing technologies, products and waste management processes.
  • Ensure full application of prior free and informed consent: Indigenous and local knowledge systems and technologies are adequately recognized, protected, strengthened and used ensuring control by the indigenous communities. Women and other affected groups participate effectively in decision-making throughout all stages of technology development, including assessment.
  • Eliminate (100%) hazardous substances: Phase out harmful substances and chemicals and radioactive substances linked with persistent and/or irreversible damage to humans and the environment.
  • Harmful chemicals: hazardous pesticides, endocrine disrupting chemicals, CMRs, PB…etc.
  • Harmful substances including so mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, asbestos in products and processes

Radioactive substances

  • Eliminate (100%) all unsustainable tax incentives: Tax exemptions, subsidies, regulatory frameworks and other incentives are redirected towards sustainable, knowledge and employment-intensive sectors and local sustainable value chains and away from unsustainable activities, including industrial fisheries, forestry and agriculture, risky and otherwise unsustainable forms of energy production like fossil fuels, nuclear energy, unconventional energy production/franking and industrial bioenergy, extractive industries and chemical industry
  • 100% Internalization of environmental costs for the full life-cycle of products; this includes full insurance costs for greatest expectable accidents in case of high-risk technologies. Currently, nuclear power operators and many other high-risk industrial complexes, are exempted from insurance obligations, which means that in case of accidents, the tax-payer/ citizens end up paying for the damage.
  • Full environmental and social corporate reporting and accountability. Set binding criteria that industrial production and consumption practices, especially extractive industries, do not cause violence, toxic pollution, displacement, poverty, resource scarcity, gender disparity, or environmental degradation.
  • Enact corporate social accountability standards are put in place to enforce decent labor conditions and prevent overuse and overproduction of resources and pollution by investors and corporations.
  • Ensure access to environmentally sound technologies, developing countries have equitable access to technologies, agreement on lifting of intellectual property barriers and measures to ensure that knowledge is in the public domain.
  • Full technology assessment and authorization: Ensure independent social and environmental impact assessments to monitor and evaluate new and existing industries by establishing a multilateral mechanism for ecological, social, cultural, and economic evaluation of technologies. Enact moratorium on all technologies that can damage Earth cycles, such as geo-engineering and deep sea mining.

 And here is also the Oxfam document on inequalities:

 http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/working-for-the-few-economic-inequality

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Dear colleagues in the Global Gender & Climate Allaince
March 10 marked the start of the Commission on the Status of Women – the annual gathering in NYC where countries monitor progress against womens rights. This year states will discuss gender and the MDGs post 2015.
CARE is in NYC with a delegation of activists from across our network. As per the attached policy briefing ”Making womens rights and gender equality a reality post 2015”, we are lobbying for a standalone gender goal and for strong enabling policies that deliver on gender equality including in the area of climate change.
Please do share it with your respective governments and networks over the CSW period and beyond.
For any questions or to make contact with CARE staff at CSW, please contact my colleagues Kate Hunt khunt@care.org and Aisha Rahamatali rahamatali@careinternational.org
All the best
Agnes
Agnes Otzelberger  |  CARE  |  Climate Change Adaptation and Gender Coordinator |  Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN) 
Brighton, UK  |  www.careclimatechange.org
T: +43 (0)660 5870506  |  Twitter: @AgnesCARE
skype: agnes_otz

UN Women Care CIUK WRGE Brief v3

 

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Soka Gakkai Internatio​nal CSW58 Parallel Event

Dear Friends,

 

Please join us on Thursday for this round table discussion on Women’s Leadership.  It promises to take our conversation circle discussion and and allow us to explore the topic in more depth.
I hope to see you there.
Best, Mary Mack

CSW58 Parallel Event Flyer FINAL 2014

 

 

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Read More: On International Women's Day, UN Entities Emphasize Equality for All
http://uncsd.iisd.org/sd-update/2014-03-10/

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Celebratin​g Int. Women’s Day on CCAFS blog

Dear friends,

 

This week we have celebrated women across the globe and highlighted gender as an important aspect of agriculture and climate change research!
We, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), have posted a few gender-related stories on our blog. We’ve posted a blog on a study that looks at how women are taking the lead in mitigation projects and how that can be replicated and scaled-up elsewhere; introduced our readers to an upcoming Gender and Climate Change Research Manual to be released later this year; and showed how gender went from being a latecomer in the climate debate to now shaping a new climate change and agriculture research agenda.

 

Previously, we’ve also shared a story with accompanying video showcasing how women in South Asia are being sensitized to climate impacts and are now teaching others about the gender-dimensions of climate adaptation, and published an analysis on gender within climate-smart agriculture.             

 

If you are using Twitter, you’ll find proposed tweets for our three latest IWD stories down below. If you have a great story to tell linked to Int. Women’s Day, please forward to me (c.schubert@cgiar.org) and I will make sure it is highlighted on our Storify board!
You can also view our Flickr-set: Celebrating Women Across the Globe & video-playlist on the Theme: Gender and Social Differentiation
 

Tweets:   - Gender: from latecomer to shaping a new research agenda for agriculture and climate change I @cgiarclimate http://ow.ly/ul751 #IWD  - Project pioneers: Understanding how women #farmers lead the way in mitigation activities bit.ly/1icfiJq via @cgiarclimate #IWD  – Want to learn more abt #gender in the context of #climatechange? Upcoming manual will lead the way ow.ly/ugtza #IWD @cgiarclimate

Kind regards,
Cecilia Schubert 
CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) 

 

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 
The Platform for Action adopted at the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, is an agenda for women’s empowerment, offering a defining policy framework and roadmap for achieving gender equality and women’s rights. It has stimulated unprecedented political energy and social mobilization around the world, with gov- ernments, civil society and others using it to take steps to end inequality and discrimination. UN Member States have repeatedly reaffirmed its normative force.

But there is still far to go in realizing the full promise of the Beijing agenda. With 2015 marking the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Platform for Action, now is the time to galvanize recommitment and mobilize all actors for acceler- ated and effective implementation. UN Women has a leading role in this process to achieve gender equality and realize women’s rights.

Beijing+20 takes place at an historic moment when major international efforts to advance human development and human rights converge. The global community is intensify- ing efforts to accomplish the eight Millennium Development Goals by their 2015 endpoint and considering a post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals as a global roadmap for the future.

UN Women will give strong visibility to Beijing+20 through a dynamic, forward-looking process that will galvanize diverse stakeholders: governments, parliamentarians, civil society, media, opinion leaders, the UN system and the private sector. It will engage women and men, boys and girls, and youth, with actions at global, regional and national levels. See the attachment for the core objectives and key actions.

Please share with your colleagues and networks.

 
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
Co-Coordinator Climate Change

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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
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Dear Colleagues,
We are excited to share with you a new Guidance Note which aims to promote gender sensitive REDD+ processes as well
as support countries and stakeholders in the preparation, development and implementation of gender sensitive national
REDD+ strategies.  Prepared under the UN-REDD Progamme, the process of drafting this document has been led by
UNDP’s Environment and Energy Group and the UNDP Gender Team.
Through five components, the Guidance Note provides the rationale for investing the time and resources, offers concrete
examples of good practices and guidance, and pro­poses specific actions that can be taken in order to ensure that gender
sensitive REDD+ outcomes are realized. By taking such steps, REDD+ can be more efficient, effective and sustainable.
The Guidance Note can now be downloaded in English here, and the French and Spanish versions of this Note will be
available shortly.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
With kind regards,

 

Elizabeth Eggerts

UNDP Gender Team

Bureau for Development Policy

New York, NY 10017

elizabeth.eggerts@undp.org

http://www.undp.org

 

UN-UNEP Red Guidance Note Gender Sensitive REDD English FINAL PDF

 

 

http://www.peacewomen.org/publications_enews_issue.php?id=193

 

 

 

 

CBM Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals policy brief: Gender equality and women’s empowerment: women and girls with disabilities
10 Feb 2014 | Addressing Inequalities: Article by emlockwood@gmail.com

Gender inequality is acknowledged as the most pervasive form of inequality, and failure to achieve gender equality, impacts on the rights of women and girls everywhere, and slows growth and progress from a development perspective. This short policy briefing paper prepared for the Open Working Group meeting on ‘Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment’, sets out key five issues for women and girls ! with disabilities, each of which, highlight the intersectionality between gender and disability, and resonate with the current narrative for crosscutting goals on gender equality and the need for the post-2015 framework to be underpinned by human rights. The recommendations are both overarching (relating to gender equality and human rights) and are also specific to women and girls with disabilities.

Overarching recommendations on gender and disability and sustainable development goals

•   Ensure that goals and measures adopted by the post-2015 development framework to support gender equality recognize the intersectionality between gender and disability.

•   Ensure that goals adopted by the post-2015 development framework to support the protection of women and girls are inclusive of women and girls with disabilities.

Recommendations specific to women and girls with disabilities and sustainable development goals

•   Inclusive growth strategies must address the barriers women and girls with disabilities face in accessing education and employment opportunities.

•   Responses to gender based violence must address the unique aspects of violence against women and girls with disabilities, including their! access to vital support and recovery services.

•   Measures to improve women’s access to justice must address the barriers faced by women and girls with disabilities, and in particular include a range of measures to build capacity and knowledge of their rights.

•   Measures to support the rights of women in exercising control over their own bodies and family planning must be inclusive of women and girls with disabilities.

•   Action taken to improve women’s participation in political and public life must include women and girls with disabilities.

 

Overall Recommendation

1: Ensure that goals and measures adopted by the post-2015 development framework to support gender equality recognize the intersectionality between gender and disability.

The policy narrative on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, has so far acknowledged the limitations of current development goals with respect to gender equality, and commitments have been given to ensure that the next global framework for development builds a society where all women and girls are able to realize their full potential. Women and girls with disabilities make up a significant percentage of the world’s female population; yet their issues, which are mostly similar to issues faced by all women and girls, have traditionally remained invisible from both disability and gender policies. In fact, some international human rights lawyers go so far as to suggest that women and girls with disabilit! ies have failed to be afforded, or benefit from provisions in international, regional and national laws, standards and agreements. Aside from the law, from a policy perspective women and girls with disabilities do not receive sufficient attention, and when they do, it’s usually within the context of vulnerable populations, or as ‘special concerns’ or at the end of a list of marginalized groups. This lack of prioritization of women and girls with disabilities has resulted in the current global development goals failing to address the barriers they face.

Gender and disability are inextricably linked, yet the intersection between the two remains disconnected

It is acknowledged that disability and gender in the developing world are inextricably linked. Studies show that gender can be considered a risk for acquiring a disability. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 30 women every minute are seriously injured or disabled during la! bor, thus rendering vast numbers of women in the developing world physically and socially disabled. For every woman who dies from pregnancy-related complications, between 30 and 100 more live with painful and debilitating consequences. Equally, women with disabilities are excluded from the majority of development interventions due to the fact they are disabled and indeed, as a woman, they are also more vulnerable to poverty. For example the UN has stated, “the combination of male preference in many cultures and the universal devaluation of disability can be deadly for disabled females”. However, despite this interconnectedness disability and gender are generally viewed separately (in their own silos) from both a legal and policy perspective, and issues that crossover both are responded to uniquely rather than taking a common approach.

 

Overall Recommendation

2: Ensure that goals adopted by the post-2015 development framework to promote and protect the rights of women and girls are inclusive of women and girls with disabilities.


Empowerment for women and girls with disabilities through human rights protection

In order for the new sustainable development vision to be truly transformative for all women and girls, including those with disabilities, it must ensure that human rights and equality and non-discrimination are recognized as core values. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006 and ratified by over 138 countries provides a normative framework, which promotes and protects the rights of women and girls with disabilities. So also do the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the Convention! on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRPD takes a twin track approach in protecting women and girls with disabilities, ensuring that Articles in the Convention take account of issues specific to gender equality (Article 5, 8, 16 and 24), while also providing specific protection for women with disabilities (Article 6) and children with disabilities (Article 7). The Committee monitoring the CRPD has formed a working group to provide a General Comment on women and girls with disabilities to ensure a thorough understanding of the issue.

Women and girls with disabilities – the key issues

This section outlines five key issues and makes a number of recommendations on how to include women and girls with disabilities in the post-2015 sustainable development framework.

1. Exclusion from participating in a sustainable inclusive economy

It is acknowledged that women and girls with disabilities face barriers in accessing traditional r! outes used to escape poverty, including education and employment. While precise data remains limited, it is generally accepted that women and girls with disabilities have less access to education, social services and employment opportunities than non-disabled women and disabled men. With respect to education, statistics from the World Report on Disability highlight that 50.6% of males with disability have completed primary school, compared with 61.3% of males without a disability. For females with disability the report notes that 41.7% completed primary school compared to 52.9% of females without a disability. Furthermore the UNDP reports the literacy rate for women with disabilities may be as low as 1% and UNICEF reports that women and children with disabilities receive 20% less rehabilitation services. However with appropriate access and support women and girls with disabilities are eager to take up education.

In ! terms of employment opportunities, the World Report on Disability (highlighting findings from the World Health Survey) states that results for 51 countries gives employment rates of 52.8% for men with disability and 19.6% for women with disability and 19.6% for women with disability, compared with 64.9% for non-disabled men, and 29.9% for non-disabled women. This lack of access to employment opportunities becomes more acute for women with disabilities in rural areas, where research has found that more than 80% of women with disabilities have no independent means of livelihood, and are totally dependent on others for their very existence. Yet, there is some positive news with progress being made in areas such as entrepreneurship for women with disabilities and decent work for women with disabilities.

Articles 24 (Education) and 27 (Work and Employment) of the CRPD protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities to access education, vocational and employment opportunities. Women and girls with disabilities are also protected by Article 10 (Education) and Article 11 (Employment) of CEDAW.

Specific recommendation

Inclusive growth strategies must address the barriers facing women and girls with disabilities in accessing education, employment and income opportunities.

2. Increased risk of violence and abuse

Women and girls with disability, by virtue of being a woman as well as having a disability, are at an increased risk of violence17. While women and girls with disabilities face similar experiences to non-disabled women with respect to gender- based violence, they also face unique issues as a result of their disability. For example women and girls with disabilities can be at risk of violence and abuse by a caregiver, who is also responsible for providing them with assistance and support with daily living. Also women and girls wi! th disabilities institutionalized as a result of their disability are at an increased risk of violence and abuse, due to the closed nature of their living space18. Not only do women and girls with disabilities face an increased risk of violence and abuse in all spheres of life, they also face barriers in accessing the vital support services to recover and escape from violence. For example, a study by the UNDP found that women with disabilities were less likely to access support, refuge or legal redress than their peers without disabilities.

Articles 15 and 16 of the CRPD protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and from exploitation, violence and abuse, with Article 17 protecting the integrity of women and girls with disabilities. CEDAW also provides protection for women and girls with disabilities.

Specific recommendation

Responses to gender based viol! ence must address the unique aspects of violence against women and girls with disabilities, including their access to vital support and recovery services.

3. Lack of access to justice

Both the CEDAW and the CRPD protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities. However in practice many barriers exist for women and girls with disabilities in seeking justice, particularly in the area of redress for violence and abuse and control over their own bodies22. For example, in some instances there is a perception that woman with disabilities (particularly those with an intellectual disability) are not seen as ‘credible witnesses’. A study by Human Rights Watch in Uganda in 2010 reported that women and girls with disabilities they interviewed had tried to seek redress for sexual violence but failed. Also some court rulings have violated the rights of women and girls by enforcing sterilization.

Other bar! riers to women and girls accessing justice include weak implementation of laws on disability, low levels of knowledge about law and the process of participating in the formal justice system by women and girls with disabilities and finally a lack of resources to promote laws that protect the rights of persons with disabilities.

Article 12 (Equal recognition before the law) and Article 13 (Access to justice) of the CRPD and Article 15 (Law) of CEDAW protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities in accessing justice.

 

Recommendation

Measures to improve women’s access to justice must address the barriers faced by women and girls with disabilities from legal, medical and police systems and in particular include a range of measures to build capacity and knowledge of women and girls with disabilities of their rights.

4. Prejudice and discriminatory attitudes in sexual health, reproductive rights and in the right to family life

Society generally views women with disabilities as “asexual, dependent, recipients of care rather than caregivers, and generally incapable of looking after children”25. This prejudicial view of women and girls with disabilities impacts negatively on their rights to access information and programs on sexual and reproductive rights and can also manifest itself in decisions about reproduction and family planning being made by a third party in the ‘best interest! s of women with disabilities’, and in some circumstances without the consent of the woman or girl with a disability26. Additional to the barriers faced by women and girls with disabilities in accessing information enabling them to make informed choices, they also face numerous barriers due to inaccessible clinics, programs that are not inclusive of their specific needs, and the negative attitudes of staff working in this area.

Article 17 (Protecting the integrity), Article 23 (Respect for home and family) and Article 25 (Health) of the CRPD protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities to the necessary support and services related to their sexual health and also their right to have a family. Article 16 (Marriage and family life) of CEDAW also protects women and girls with disabilities.

Recommendation

Measures to support the rights of women in exercising control over their own bodies and family planning must be inclus! ive of women with disabilities.

5. Minimal participation in political and public life

Women with disabilities, much like non-disabled women, face challenges in participating in political and public life. While non-disabled women’s political participation rates are low, disabled women’s participation rates are low to non-existent. More often than not, women with disabilities are invisible during consultations and decision making processes and are under represented in civil society organizations, which represent disability, and also organizations that represent women’s issues. With respect to women with disabilities holding public office additional barriers are faced which include, legal capacity (being considered not capable to vote or to hold office due to having specific disabilities, e.g. intellectual and psychosocial), lack of access to polling stations and inaccessible voting material.

Article 29 (Participation in political and public life) of the CRPD and Article 7 (Political and public life) of the CEDAW protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities to access political and public life.

Recommendation

Action taken to improve women’s participation in political and public life must include women and girls with disabilities.

 

References

 

1  See the ‘Issues brief prepared by the TST for the Open Working Group meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment’, which highlights that despite gains made for women

in equality over the years, the inequalities faced by women and girls worldwide continue to exist and in many countries, they continue to grow. The issue brief lists a range of areas where inequalities for women and girls are reflected, for example, the higher number of women and girls living in poverty, likelihood of abuse and violence, lack of control over their own bodies, sexual health and reproduction and inequalities in the enjoyment of social and economic rights.

2  United Nations (2013). “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development: The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda”, New York.

United Nations (2012). “Realizing the Future W! e


Want for All: Report to the Secretary General”. New York.

3  Ortoleva, S. and Lewis, H. (2012). “Forgotten sisters – a report on violence against women with disabilities: an overview of its nature, scope, causes and consequences”. School of Law Faculty Publications. Paper 184.

4  Ortoleva, S. and Frohmader, C. (2013). “The Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities”. ICDP Beyond 2014, International conference on human rights, Issues paper, July 1st 2013.

5  For example, see “Issues brief prepared by

the TST for the Open Working Group meeting on

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment”, p. 6.

6  See Female Genital Mutilation on World

Health Organization website: accessed January

20th 2014. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/

factsheets/fs241/en

 

7  UN Enable. Rights of Special Groups with Disabilities, International Norms and Standards relating to disability. Accessed January 20th

2014. http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/

comp001.htm

8  Groce, N. (1997). Women with Disabilities in the Developing World, Arenas for Policy Revision and programmatic change, Journal of Disability Policy, (8), 177. It could also be reasonable then to suggest that the experience of women with disabilities falling between the gaps of gender and disability could be described as similar to that of the case made by Kimberley Crenshaw

on race and gender where she claims that the

“ intersection of racism and sexism factors into black women’s lives in ways that cannot be captured wholly by looking at the race of gender dimensions of those experiences separately; also for further reading on intersecting identities and their invisibility’ see Crenshaw, K. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity, Politics, and Violence Against, Women of Color”. Stanford Law Review, Vol. 43, July 1991.

9  Women with Disabilities Australia. (2009). “Parenting Issues for Women with Disabilities in Australia”.

10  See pages 7 and 8 of http://www.un.org/esa/ socdev/unyin/documents/children_disability_ rights.pdf

11  International Labour Organization (ILO). (2008). “Count us In: How to make sure that women with disabilities can participate effectively in mainstream women’s entrepreneurship development activities”. ILO: Geneva.

12  Takamine, Y. (2003). “Disability Issues in East

Asia: Review and Ways Forward”. World Bank

East Asia and Pacific Region.

13  World Health Organization and World Bank. (2011). “World Report on Disability”, Geneva: WHO Press.

14  UNESCAP. (2003). Final Report of the UN ESCAP Workshop on Women and Disability: Promoting Full Participation of Women with Disabilities in the Process of Elaboration on an International Convention to Promote and

Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with

Disabilities. 18-22 August 2003: Bangkok.

15  International Labour Organization (ILO). (2008). “Count us In: How to make sure that women with disabilities can participate effectively in mainstream women’s entrepreneurship development activities”. ILO: Geneva.

 

16  Human Rights Watch. (2010). “As if we weren’t human: Discrimination and Violence Against Disabled Women”. Uganda.

17  United Nations. (2012). Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against women, its causes and consequences. http://www.ohchr. org/Documents/Issues/Women/A.67.227.pdf

18  Ortoleva, S. and Lewis, H. (2012). “Forgotten sisters- a report on violence against women with disabilities: an overview of its nature, scope, causes and consequences”. School of Law Faculty Publications. Paper 184.

CBM Australia and AusAID (2013) “Triple Jeopardy – a study of violence against women with disabilities in Cambodia”.

19  UNDP (2009). “Pacific sisters with disabilities:

at the intersection of discrimination”, UNDP

Pacific Centre: Fiji.

20  Human Rights Watch (2010). “As if we weren’t human: Discrimination and Violence Against Disabled Women”. Uganda.

21  Ibid.

22  Ortoleva, S. “Women with Disabilities and

the Justice System: Rights without Remedies”,

A blog from The World Justice Project. Accessed January 20th 2014. http://worldjusticeproject. org/blog/women-disabilities-and-justice-system- rights-without-remedies

23  Human Rights Watch (2010). “As if we weren’t human: Discrimination and Violence Against Disabled Women”. Uganda.

24  For further reading see CBM Australia and AusAID, “Triple Jeopardy – a study of violence against women with disabilities in Cambodia” (2013).

25  Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA). (2009). “Parenting Issues for Women with Disabilities in Australia”. A policy paper by WWDA: Australia.

26  Ortoleva, S. and Frohmader, C. (2013).

“The Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities”. ICDP Beyond 2014, International conference on human rights, Issues paper, July 1st 2013.

27  Human Rights Watch (2012). “I Want To Be

A Citizen Just Like Any Other. Barriers to Political Participation for People with Disabilities in Peru”. Human Rights Watch: USA.
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In response to the 2012 COP 18 Decision on Gender Equity and the COP 18 adoption of the Doha work program for Article 6 (Education) of the Convention, the purpose of the event is to generate insights and recommendations that will be compiled into a policy briefing submitted to the Global Gender and Climate Alliance constituency, the UNFCCC Secretariat, and through communications with our various global networks.

 

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COP 18 in DohaAt its eighteenth session, the COP adopted a decision on promoting gender balance and                                          improving the participation of women in UNFCCC negotiations and in the representation                                          of Parties in bodies established pursuant to the Convention or the Kyoto Protocol.  The decision 23/CP.18 can be found in the                                           COP 18 report.COP 18 requested Parties and observer organizations to submit to the secretariat                                          their views on options and ways to advance the goal of gender balance in bodies established pursuant to the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, in order to improve      women’s participation and inform more effective climate change policy that  addresses the needs of women and men equally (para 2 and 11 of decision                                           23/CP.18). Submissions have been received from Parties  and Observers. A miscellaneous document on options and ways to advance the gender balance goal has been compiled, which can be found                                           here.The upcoming COP 19 in WarsawFor the item on “Gender and Climate Change”, documents for consideration                                          are:
  • The report on gender composition. Note by the secretariat (FCCC/CP/2013/4).
  • A miscellaneous document on options and ways to advance the gender balance goal.                                          Submissions from Parties and observer organizations (FCCC/CP/2013/MISC.2).

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  • An in-session workshop This workshop will be on gender balance in                                            the UNFCCC process, gender-sensitive climate policy and capacity-building activities to promote the greater participation of women in the UNFCCC                                            process.  It was mandated by COP 18 (para  10 of decision 23/CP.18) and will take place on Tuesday 12 November 2013, 15:00-18:00.   More information on the workshop can be found here.
  • Gender Day on Tuesday 19 NovemberDuring this day, a high-level                                            event, side events and other activities dedicated to the topic of gender will take place in Warsaw.
  • The in-session high-level event under the Conference of the Parties, entitled Vision 50/50: Women for Action on Climate Change will take place in the conference premises in Warsaw, on Tuesday,  19 November 2013 from 11:30 to 13:00. The event will be open to Parties and observers. The provisional programme and additional information on the event will be announced on the UNFCCC website soon.

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Lunchtime event: Promoting gender balance and the empowerment of women in the                                          UNFCCC process, 7 June 2013 On June 7, during the UN Climate Change Conference June 2013 (SB 38), UN Women, MRFCJ, GGCA, UNFCCC                                          secretariat organized a side event on promoting gender balance and the empowerment of women in the UNFCCC process. This lunchtime event brought together Parties, observers, UN System entities, experts, civil society representatives and other stakeholders who shared insights and discussed effort  to strengthen gender balance, enhance the empowerment of women in the UNFCCC process,  and advance gender-sensitive climate policy. The event also marked the launch of a desk research conducted by UN Women and MRFCJ on “Advancing the goal of gender balance in multilateral and intergovernmental processes”.

pdf-icon Concept note (429 kB) A summary of the above event appears in the 7 June edition of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin  ‘On the Side’ (scroll down for ‘Promoting Gender Balance and the Empowerment of Women in the UNFCCC Process’)

Twitter chat with Christiana Figueres and the GGCA on the COP 18 Gender                                         

Decision, 14 May 2013 On 14 May, Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres engaged on Twitter on the COP 18 Gender Decision. The live Twitter chat was                                          hosted by the Global Gender and Climate  Alliance (GGCA) and focused on the key objectives of the decision. View Storify version of the chat.

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pdf-icon The Full View: Advancing the goal of gender balance in multilateral and intergovernmental processes

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