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WECF and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Breast Cancer: Policy and Prevention

WECF training programmes and capacity building on gender and sustainability

International “Nesting” programme – A Healthy Environment for Healthy Children

Women's Major Group -Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 Development Agenda

WECF representation in international and UN policy processes

Safe and Sustainable Sanitation for Women and Girls

EDC Free Coalition Public Consultation

Asbestos: a silent killer on a global scale – substitute it now!

WHO European Environment and Health Process (EEHP)

EVENT: WHO 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Ostrava

EVENT: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Conference of the Parties, 2017

EVENT: Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards, COP22, Marrakesh

EVENT: WECF on the road to the COP22

Women and Gender Constituency at UNFCCC

Women's Global Call for Climate Justice

EVENT: WECF at the COP21

Don't Nuke the Climate - Paris 2015

Gender E3 Working Group in the European Parliament

Women and Gender Constituency at COP20 Lima, Peru

UNECEs 5th MOP to the Aarhus Convention, Maastricht 2014

Nuclear Power is not a solution to climate change – plug into renewables

WECF at the COP19 in Warsaw: Climate Finance and Gender Equality

International ‘Safe Toys’ Coalition – toxic free children products

Online discussion group INTERA

UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 - Rio +20

Toxic free beauty - safe cosmetics

The Golden Nuclear Fuelrod Award

ToNi-Finder - WECF's Map for Sustainable School Toilets and Nitrate Levels

Children's Environmental Health Award 2010

Children's Environmental Action Plan for Europe

REACH - Eliminating Toxic Chemicals in the EU

#MindTheGap - follow our advocacy journey for gender and climate justice at COP23

WECF presence at UN's climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, November 2017.

Countries: Worldwide
Donors: AFD; CTCN; Raja Foundation; GIZ; Europeaid
Partners: Women & Gender Constituency
Issues: Climate & Energy; Gender & Rights
Duration: 09/2017 - 12/2017

With a series of events, WECF raises awareness before, during and after this year’s UN conference on climate change (COP 23). We will, together with our partners of the Women & Gender Constituency (WGC), a network with official observer status which can participate in the negotiations, through advocacy and campaigning demand the full realisation of women’s rights and gender equality within all UNFCCC processes. 

WECF will be involved in a number of high-level events and summits, debating with policy-makers and national and international actors involved in climate policy. WECF’s Executive Director Sascha Gabizon a.o. will be present in Bonn to discuss the importance of taking action. Political momentum to combat climate change has grown remarkably since 195 member states adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015. Action before the year 2020 is a prerequisite for reaching the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. 

Our demands

Together with the WGC and its members, we have made some key demands for gender equality at COP23key recommendations for the Gender Action Plan and a communications plan.


One of the most important expected outcomes of these negotiations is to finalise the Gender Action Plan(GAP). We are, together with our WGC partners, demanding a robust GAP that moves beyond genderwashing. Follow this hashtag on Twitter for the latest updates on our work to ensure the adoption of a GAP that responds to all our diversities.


This campaign is tied to the gender just climate solutions award and highlights the work women already do to challenge/transform gender roles and fight climate change. Get your latest updates on the award ceremony on this hashtag


WGC provides a space for women and nonbinary persons to raise their voices on issues of women's rights, gender equality within the UNFCCC policy framework. Follow this hashtag for the latest updates on our and our partners’ participation during COP23 


2016 was one of the deadliest years for women fighting on the frontline for their human rights and environmental justice. This campaign will show what real wonder women look like, honour freedom fighters and raise awareness of the work left to do to ensure their safety.

Our events

We will be hosting several events together with our WGC partners during COP23:

WGC booth

We are again hosting the WGC booth, which you can find in the Bonn Zone. Come along and learn about the intersections of gender equality, women’s human rights, and climate change. Have a browse at our educative posters (in English and French) or come by for a great ecofeminist chat! This is the perfect opportunity for you to talk directly to the WGC members about the work they do on policy level and on the ground (when they are not at the negotiations).

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SB48 side event: 7 May 2018 at 16:45 CEST in room 181, UNFCCC, Bonn

From Marrakesh to Marrakesh: The rise of gender equality in the global climate governance and climate action
WECF’s experts publish chapter in Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance

Over 100 Civil Society Organisations and Activists Oppose Crackdown By Poland to Protest at COP24
Press release: 20 March 2018, Global

Climate Change and Freedom of Assembly: Some Human Rights Questions for COP24
Hannah Birkenkötter, 5 March 2018

COP23: Educational Posters
By the Women & Gender Constituency

Eerste Gender Action Plan (GAP) ooit aangenomen op COP23
Na alle toewijding en harde werk van de Women & Gender Constituency (WGC) om het Gender Action Plan (GAP) op de agenda van beleidsmakers op de COP23 te brengen, kunnen we nu eindelijk het goede nieuws brengen dat het eerste GAP ooit is aangenomen op de COP23.

The Only Way to Honour the Dead is to Fight Like Hell for the Living!
Gender Day Action at the Climate Negotiations (COP23): Women's Human Rights and Environmental Defenders (WHRDs) Resist

CTCN workshop on scalability with GJCS winners (COP23)

Meet the winners of the "Gender Just Climate Solutions" Award Ceremony
These inspiring projects won the Gender Just Climate Solutions Award Ceremony at the COP23 in Bonn

PRESS CONFERENCE: Gender Just Climate Solutions
Watch the press conference hosted today during UNFCCC's Gender Day at the climate negotiations in Bonn (COP23)

Eerbetuiging aan alle vrouwen die hun leven op het spel zetten voor vrouwen en natuurrechten
Women Human Rights and Environmental Defenders (WHRDs) Resist

Historischer Schritt bei den Klimaverhandlungen in Bonn: Gender-Aktionsplan verabschiedet
Gender-Aktionsplan soll Geschlechterungleichheiten bekämpfen und Frauenrechte zu stärken und so die Effizienz der Klimapolitik verbessern

#MindTheGap - WECF tijdens de COP23 in Bonn
Verslag van de WECF activiteiten van 6-17 november tijdens de COP23 in Bonn

Feministen eisen een gender rechtvaardige transitie COP23
Deze eisen bevorderen een gender rechtvaardige transitie weg van fossiele brandstoffen

Feminists Demand A Gender Just Transition at Climate Negotiations (COP23)
Bonn, Women & Gender Constituency's Key Demands

Award Ceremony: Gender Just Climate Solutions (COP23)

Icons of sustainability: climate change resistance as an art form
Bonn, Gender Just Climate Solutions opening ceremony, coordinated by WECF on behalf of the Women & Gender Constituency's

#MindTheGAP: Feminists calling for a robust Gender Action Plan (GAP) as an outcome of the climate negotiations (COP23)
Press Release: Women & Gender Constituency hosts an action during the climate negotiations in Bonn, 7 November, 2017.

Vernissage: Frauenmuseum Exhibition (COP23)

Frauenmuseum Exhibition: Gender Just Climate Solutions (COP23)

Womens' Call for Climate Justice (COY13)

Warum Frauen für eine gelungene Klimapolitik unerlässlich sind
Ein Gender Action Plan für mehr Geschlechtergerechtigkeit ist längst überfällig

Klimakonferenz in Bonn: Beim Klima zählt auch das Geschlecht
Informationen der Women und Gender Constituency und WECF zur COP23

Application open for Gender Just Climate Solutions Award - COP 23
WECF and partners invite you to participate in the 3rd annual 'Gender-Just Solutions' Awards

WECF in Bonn for the UNFCCC negotiations
Going forward in shaping the rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, while taking the gender perspective into account

Bonn Climate Negotiations - United Nations Climate Change Conference (@UNFCCC)
WECF joined together physically and on Twitter for the Bonn Climate Negotiations in Bonn, Germany.

#MindTheGap - follow our advocacy journey for gender and climate justice at COP23
WECF presence at UN's climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, November 2017.


APA – Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) was established by the same decision to prepare for the entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Read more here: 

COP – The Conference of Parties (COP) is the supreme decision-making body of the Convention. All States that are Parties to the Convention are represented at the COP, at which they review the implementation of the Convention and any other legal instruments that the COP adopts and take decisions necessary to promote the effective implementation of the Convention, including institutional and administrative arrangements. COP23 is the 23nd time the COP is convening. It is held in Bonn, it is hosted by the Fiji Presidency. Read more here:

COP23 Bula Zone – the general public does not have access to this area, as it is only open for negotiating parties and observers. WECF as a co-facilitator of WGC, has access to the Bula Zone as an official civil society observer and can therefore attend those negotiations and ministerial meetings.

COP23 Bonn Zone – is the area open for the general public, and is the exhibition and side event part of the COP negotiations. Here organisations get there opportunity to showcase their work (at their booths and during side events) and the general public get to interact and network civil society organisations and decision-makers. You need a Bonn Zone badge to enter this area.

Gender Action Plan (GAP) - The Conference of Parties (COP) in its decision 21/CP.22, decides to continue and enhance the Lima work programme on gender, with a review of the work programme set for the twenty-fifth session of the COP (November 2019). The decision also requests the Subsidiary Body for Implmentation (SBI) to develop a gender action plan ‘in order to support the implementation of gender-related decisions and mandates under the UNFCCC process’. Further, it requests the secretariat to convene an in-session workshop during the forty-sixth session of the subsidiary bodies (SBI 46) to develop possible elements of the gender action plan and invites views on the in-session workshop by interested Parties2 and observers and other stakeholders by 25 January 2017. Finally, in decision 21/CP.22, the COP invites Parties, members of constituted bodies, United Nations organizations, observers and other stakeholders to consult through meetings, prior to SBI 46, in order to provide inputs to the formulation of the gender action plan. The secretariat is aware of one such meeting, the report of which has been published as a submission to the workshop. Read more:

Intervention – is the opportunity where the civil society gets to intervene and add their recommendations during negotiations. Interventions are delivered by constituencies, meaning they are a collaborate effort written by loads of different civil society organisations (CSOs). WECF co-facilitates the Women & Gender Constituency which specifically looks at intersectionality, women's human rights, gender equality and climate change. Interventions are not always guaranteed to be heard; but CSOs can still influence their decision-makers by sending their recommendations to the UNFCCC secretariat who puts it on their website. It is up to negotiators/decision-makers to read the interventions, so it is not always guaranteed that the recommendations are taken into account.  

Paris Agreement – The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the framework of the UNFCCC dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance, and will be entered into force year 2020. Read more here: 

SBSTA – The SBSTA is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the Convention established by the COP/CMP. It supports the work of the COP and the CMP through the provision of timely information and advice on scientific and technological matters as they relate to the Convention or its Kyoto Protocol. Key areas of work for the SBSTA are the impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change; emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; promoting the development and transfer of environmentally-sound technologies; and conducting technical work to improve the guidelines for preparing and reviewing greenhouse gas emission inventories from Annex I Parties. The SBSTA carries out methodological work under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, and promotes collaboration in the field of research and systematic observation of the climate system. Read more here:
SBI – The SBI is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the Convention established by the COP/CMP. It supports the work of the COP and the CMP through the assessment and review of the effective implementation of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol. The SBI also advises the COP on budgetary and administrative matters. In 2013, the SBI had the challenging task of managing the shift in focus towards the MRV issues with the launch of the international assessment and review (IAR) and international consultations and analysis (ICA) in 2014, and work on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs). Loss and damage and adaptation finance is another area where progress was made under the SBI by reaching an agreement on a loss and damage mechanism and pledging funds in the range of US$ 100 million to the adaptation fund.  Read more here:

UNFCCC – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); for a better overlook of the processes around the convention please see here