WECAN INTERNATIONAL AT THE UNFCCC COP24 CLIMATE TALKS, POLAND 2018
Building upon years of engagement with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP climate negotiations process - representatives of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network will travel to Katowice, Poland this December to raise their voices at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP24 climate talks.
Review 2019 delegation and event details below!
Meet the Delegates!
We are thrilled to introduce three fantastic women leaders who will engage at COP24 as the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network Delegation!
Carmen Capriles of La Paz, Bolivia started Reacción Climática in 2010, as a volunteer organization which aims to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on the Andean region. She has actively participated in different UN processes like the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement, with special emphasis on women's rights and gender equality - and most recently in the Escazú Agreement, advocating for Environmental Defenders. Carmen holds a degree from Bolivia as an Engineer in Agriculture, as well as a degree in Sustainable Rural Development from Egypt. She is an honored member of WECAN International's Advisory Council.
Ruth Nyambura is a Kenyan feminist who works on the intersections of gender, economy and ecological justice. Her organizing and research interests are on the agrarian political economy of Africa, the rural-urban movements resisting the corporatization of Africa's food systems and the neoliberal turn as a whole.
Elaine Colligan is an activist and organizer passionate about gender and climate justice. Originally from Seattle, Washington, USA, she is currently reading for the Masters in Philosophy in Political Theory at the University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford, she co-directed a political action committee called Clean Virginia. She also worked on former U.S. congressman Tom Perriello's gubernatorial campaign, advocating against two fracked gas pipelines and for a $15/hour minimum wage. Elaine cut her teeth in U.S. politics through working with 350 Action on the 2016 presidential election, organizing students and youth to talk to presidential candidates about climate change. She has also conducted research on gender and climate change in Djirnda, Senegal. Elaine is proud to be part of the WECAN family, having assisted on a variety of projects throughout the years, including the recently-launched "Women Speak" project. She is deeply invested in promoting climate justice as a framework to understand and approach the climate crisis, which prioritizes the needs and solutions of people living on the frontlines of climate change, in particular women and Indigenous peoples.
December 12th COP24 Side Event - 'Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change'
On December 12th, WECAN International will host a formal COP24 side event - 'Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change'.
During the event - grassroots and Indigenous women leaders, alongside representatives from international organizations, will speak out to address the need for climate justice and feminist based solutions to the climate crisis, including forest and biodiversity protection, Indigenous rights advocacy, agro-ecology implementation, fossil fuel resistance, and protection of women land defenders.
WHAT: Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - COP24 Poland
WHEN: Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018 from 11:30-13:00 (local time, Poland)
WHERE: The UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice, Poland - Room 'Bieszczady'
* The event will also be live-streamed for allies and partners around the world to watch via Facebook live!
FEATURING: Carmen Capriles (Feminist, Human Rights and Environment Defender, Bolivia); Ruth Nyambura (Feminist, Organizer and Researcher, Kenya); Cynthia Mellon (Climate Justice Policy Coordinator, Climate Justice Alliance U.S.); India Logan-Riley (Ngati Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Youth climate leader, Aotearoa/New Zealand); Aneesa Khan (COP24 Delegation Leader at SustainUS, U.S.); and Elaine Colligan (Organizer and Activist, Masters in Philosophy in Political Theory at Oxford, and Women's Earth and Climate Action Network Programs Contributor, U.S.)!
Details on WECAN International Advocacy Efforts at COP24
WECAN International is engaging again this year with a fierce sense of urgency, reinforced by the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and countless other studies and experiences that tell us that action for climate justice is imperative NOW!
Poland, the host country of COP24, has a notoriously polluting coal industry - and the U.S. Trump Administration plans to run an event directly promoting coal within the climate talks. WECAN International and many other organizations will be there to denounce and push back against this affront to the planet, and to advocate for a just transition to a 100% renewable, regenerative agenda.
We will also continue our work for women's leadership, and adherence to and respect for Indigenous rights, and climate justice within policy negotiations. This will include collaboration with the Women and Gender Constituency, as we continue to track and advocate for strong implementation of the Gender Action Plan which was adopted at the previous year's COP in Bonn, Germany. A Key List of Demands from the Women and Gender Constituency will be available here soon.
WECAN International representatives will also be presenting on and advocating for the Escazú Agreement, in alignment with our dedication to the protection of women water, forest and land defenders.
As a U.S. based organization, WECAN International will also continue to follow the process of U.S. climate talk engagement, including the influence of the newly elected Democratic wave in U.S. Congress, which includes a record number of women representatives, including several history-making Indigenous and women of color representatives.
Additionally, WECAN International is a signatory to the newly drafted 'People's Demand for Climate Justice', which will be presented at the COP24, and which everyone can engage with by signing here!
Our 2018 'Call For Climate Justice and Immediate Action', released and presented during the Global Climate Action Summit in California, also contains key background and analysis on WECAN International's position on the state of international climate action.