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WECFs and WEDOs side event in the framework of the EWA project teamís participation at the CSW 58, March 2014 in New York

23.03.2014 |WICF

Sustainable Solutions to Ending Climate Chaos - how to make 2015 mean something! took place on March 19, in NY during the CSW, the Commission on the Status of Women.
"Women do not want to be mainstreamed into a polluted stream."- Bella Abzug, 1992
A truly transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda which works to ensure women's human rights and gender equality requires urgent, legally binding action to combat climate change. Climate change is undoubtedly one of the world's most pressing issues- the impacts of which are already eroding the achievement of sustainable development and poverty eradication for regions, countries and people around the globe- threatening to exacerbate already growing inequality worldwide. Climate change must be understood as a key threat to the achievement of gender equality, women's human rights and any future sustainable development goals / post-2015 development agenda.
This side event provided an overview of the links between climate change and gender equality, analyze the climate change policy landscape and crucial links to the Post-2015/ SDG processes, the impacts of trade negotiations and equitable financing for climate mitigation and adaptation, and explore sustainable solutions and key opportunities for mobilization.

Contributors to the discussion were:
  • Bridget Burns (WEDO) - Moderator - Linkages & Overview of policy landscape
  • Gertrude Kenyangi (SWAGEN- Uganda)- Sustainable Solutions (agro-ecological and organic agriculture)
  • Kalyani Raj (All India Women's Conference)- Sustainable Solutions (solar project/ renewables)
  • May Boeve TBC ( Sustainable Solutions (fossil fuel divestment)
  • Tessa Khan (APWLD) - Impact of trade & financing mechanisms (ex. TPP, GCF, etc.)
  • Emilia Reyes (Equidad de Genero)- Linkages to Post-2015 Process/ developing a holistic strategy
Bridget Burns from WEDO gave an overview of the current climate negotiations and pointed out that 2015 will be a year of crucial decisions not only for climate change, but also for other international agendas, such as the Post-2015/SDG process.

Then two project partners from Uganda Gertrude Kenyangi (SWAGEN) and from India Kalyani Raj (All India Womenís Conference) presented the critical situation within their countries due to climate change related impacts and highlighted community led activities focussing on the participation and economic empowerment of women. Tessa Khan from the Asian Pacific Forum on Women provided a good insight into financial mechanisms and the macro-economic environment, both being key factors when looking at solutions for climate change impacts.

Anke Stock from WECF made  in her presentation the links between climate change, gender and human rights and highlighted key entry points for human rights within international negotiations around climate change and sustainable development. Emilia Reyes from Equidad de Genero closed with strong appeals towards keeping human rights standards high when linking the main international processes being negotiated up until 2015.

The following discussion was short, but showed a deep interest of participants in the local sustainable solutions presented and raised the question of how to provide these solutions existing around the world a platform for international recognition and integration into international policy processes.

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