At this special time, our thoughts are with the family and friends of Nelson Mandela - and all of South Africa, as they (and we all) celebrate a great leader. As we face the challenges ahead we recall his inspiring words, " It always seems impossible until it's done."
It's been a little over two weeks since the WECC/IWECI team returned from the whirlwind UNFCCC COP19 in Warsaw, Poland. Many thanks to our allies for their hard work there as we all held blazing in our hearts the words of Mr.Yeb Sano, the lead negotiator of the Philippine's delegation who poignantly said "stop the madness." Amidst a tense atmosphere of heated debates, late-night negotiations and failed progress in many areas, the two weeks nevertheless witnessed energized advocacy for gender equality, women's leadership and an unprecedented level of civil society action. The stakes rose and the call to action became even more urgent with the arrival of super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, prompting developing country governments to call out developed countries on the grave consequences, contemporary and future, for their current inaction. Even though progress was generally stalled at COP-19, there were important steps taken to address the effects of climate policies on women. 'Gender and climate change' was on the agenda and the Global Gender Climate Alliance held a gender workshop. Please see below a recap of the COP and our participation.