Climate change is a major threat to humankind. It is a global social-ecological crisis – threatening human and social rights every day and increasing existing global, local and social inequalities. The international community of states tries to find solutions by negotiating agreements within the UNFCCC.
The Paris Agreement is often referred to as an important step towards more – and urgently needed – people-centered climate action. Mainly because in its preamble it states that Parties should when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights and other social principles. However, we have to wait until the end of COP24 to see if this vision actually informs the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
But no matter what the outcomes will look like. The international negotiations often seem to have little in common with the reality on the ground. Local and national climate struggles hardly play a role in neither discussions nor negotiations. Communities and vulnerable groups especially from the Global South who are on the frontlines of experiencing climate impacts are very little represented. Instead Parties call for market mechanism and false solutions that are e.g. threatening food sovereignty instead of really cutting emissions from fossil fuels.
In this context in 2017, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in cooperation with GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice and LIFE Environment Education Sustainability launched the project “Not without us!”. It supports selected women activists from Ecuador, South Africa and Indonesia in their attempts to connect their local climate struggles with the international sphere. The idea is to make local struggles for gender and climate justice visible, to support gender advocates in voicing their demands at the international policy sphere and to support networking within the global climate justice movement.
As part of the project activities a training “Getting ready to advocate for gender and climate justice” has been developed and implemented to support civil society activists getting ready for the upcoming UNFCCC negotiations. This presentation has been given to gender advocates prior to the last UNFCCC negotiation round in Bangkok and now has been updated. Civil society advocates are rights-holders! We hope it will give useful guidance in order to advocate effectively for people centered climate actions.
The presentation is structured in the following way: Its first part focuses on refreshing knowledge about the UN Climate Change Negotiations key points including instructions on how to read negotiation language. It will then summarize how gender equality got integrated and framed in this process. The third part looks at the Paris Agreement, highlights relevant agenda items for the COP24 agenda, and specifically focuses on items we have identified as relevant for the adoption of the implementation guidelines, including recommendations to preserve the spirit of the Paris Agreement.
Responsible at Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung: Nadja Charaby (Nadja.firstname.lastname@example.org)