Gender and Climate Change Activities @ COP 15 - Copenhagen 2009

Calendar of Gender Activities during COP15 from 07 December until 18 December within the Bella Center and at other venues. Last updated on 2 Dec. 2009.

Gender in the Copenhagen outcomes: The half of nothing is nothing

After weeks of negotiations, the outcome of COP15 is extremely disappointing. There are no firm and worthwhile commitments, only the acknowledgement of a declaration, which states that global temperature rise should not exceed 2°. Yet the atmosphere does not act under orders. It's us humans who ought to act, but the declaration remains silent on commitments.

During the last days of the negotiations gender language was also watered down in the various draft texts. In particular, it is absent in mitigation and financing. However, if the gender language would have been stronger, it wouldn't have been a reason to celebrate, though, because it can only be as good as the overall outcomes of the meeting. Additionally, it was alarming that for the first time in the history of the UNFCCC, civil society has been effectively excluded from its participation in the second week of the negotiations.

"During the last two days of the conference, we have heard many elaborate speeches, but it is action that is urgently needed. Not a political declaration, but commitments. Not "continued high growth" but fundamental changes of how we live and consume in industrialized countries and how we share the earth's resources nationally and globally. Not lukewarm reduction goals but deep emission cuts. Not the same grant and loan conditionalities but significant public funding that can really bail us out from this climate crisis. We believe that the climate crisis is a mere symptom of a larger and long standing human crisis. There are no instant solutions. We need to engage by immediately starting a collective learning process that is geared towards genuine and lasting solutions." (Ulrike Röhr, Intervention in the plenary of the High Level Segment, on behalf of Women and Gender, see below).

The hope we had before Copenhagen is lost in despair. Copenhagen did not send a signal for a climate and gender just future.

Ulrike Roehr

A common press release by the Women and Gender Consituency (WECF, GenderCC, WEDO, LIFE), a bit more positive than the assessment above, can be downloaded in the press area.

Intervention the High Level Segment

Intervention by Ulrike Roehr on behalf of Women and Gender in the High Level Segment, 18-12-09

Gender Champion of the second week of the negotiations

During the second week of the UNFCCC negotiations Gender Champion Awards were given to Ghana, for promting gender in climate change adaptation and mitigation through various means and to Iceland, for including a strong gender language into the shared vision document last Friday.

Read the full story in the press release.

Political Salon: Reflections on Gender and Climate Change

Dec 15, 13:00-15:00

Watch the Irate Panthers from Brazil perform at the event.

Lessons learnt from gendered development cooperation? Conclusions for gender and climate policy

Development experts draw conclusions from their organization's experience and good practice of addressing gender issues. Their recommendations were discussed in order to provide input for the negotiations, and for adaptation and mitigation actions at national and local levels.

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Gender Champion of the first week of the negotiations

Finland has been hailed as the champion of women and gender rights in the climate change talks here at the Bella Centre.

Finland, along with Liberia was among the first to articulate the need for greater women’s participation in the process. It has also earmarked some 500,000 Euros to fund the participation of Southern women, particularly those from Africa.

“Finland has put their money where their mouth is, and contributed 500,000 Euros for the participation of women and building their capacity in this process,” Minu Hemnati of Gender CC – Women for Climate Justice asserted.

Read the full article by Nina Somera, ISIS

The next Gender Champion of the Week will be awarded on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2pm, exhibition area, close to the Gender boothes at H 012 A / C / D

Gender, Cities and Climate Change

Thursday, Dec 10, from 18.00 – 20.00 in the EU Pavillon, Room Schuman (Bella Center).

Gotelind Alber, GenderCC, presented the main findings of a study on gender, cities and climate change, undertaken on behalf of UN HABITAT. Her presentation can be downloaded here.

A report on the event is available at

Photo: Claire Greensfelder is handing a Proclamation by the City of Berkeley in Recognition of Women's Participation to GenderCC's Ulrike Röhr and Gotelind Alber in the presence of two representatives from UN HABITAT

Neither survival nor our reproductive future is negotiable

Sharmind Neelormi from Bangladesh submitted an intervention in the plenary of the CMP (Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocoll) on behalf of GenderCC. Her main message: Adaptation fund should be new and additional to ODA and humanitarian responses to disasters. A significant proportion of this fund should be earmarked to promote gender targeted and gender sensitive adaptation. There must be gender budgeting and proper monitoring as to ensuring gender sensitive spending.

See the full intervention

A shared vision should be shared by 100 per cent of the world population!

Andrea Guzman, CENPROTAC, Bolivia gave the first statement on behalf of GenderCC in the opening plenary of the AWG-LCA (Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Acrion). You can find the statement here