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Bonn Climate Talks: Slow Progress but the Gender Action Plan is rolling!

WECF was in Bonn from April 30th to May 10th. Read below our comments.

28.05.2018 |

WECF took part in the preparations of the Climate negotiations in Bonn from 30th April to 10th May 2018, along with many other international observers from civil society. The aim of this intersession was to advance the Paris “rulebook” (the operating manual of the Paris Agreement) for December's COP24 in Katowice, Poland, although unfortunately, only slow progress was made during these two weeks.

Indeed, parties were still hesitant to commit to more ambition in their 'Climate Pledge', or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and fail to agree on common and transparent rules for reporting on their climate action or making climate financing better foreseeable.

Climate finance

Regarding conflicts of interests, climate finance is almost always the root of some of the biggest and this was indeed the case during the May “intercessional”. The question of finance is critical, both to help developing countries in dealing with the impacts of climate change and in cutting emissions and moving towards clean energy production and climate friendly development paths. However, identifying precisely the technological, financial and capacity building needs of countries is already a challenge, as was reflected by the discussions held in the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) meeting.  

Gender Action Plan

The good news for WECF and the Women and Gender constituency, official observer of the Climate Convention, is that some progress has been made towards mainstreaming gender as the guiding manual of the Paris Agreement. Thanks to the adoption of a three-year Gender Action Plan during COP23, countries have started to exchange their views and experience on how to collect sex-disaggregated data and how to systematically integrate gender in their climate policies. For the Technology Framework for example, this means conducting Technology Needs Assessments (TNA) at national or regional level that take existing gender inequalities in consideration. 

necessary engagment of local women

Another positive example is the discussion started within the Technical Expert Meeting on Adaptation (TEM-A) on how successful adaptation planning in vulnerable communities and ecosystems can be scaled up and replicated in an effort to increase climate resilience. Discussions recognized the role played by women and indigenous people in effective ecosystem management, and the necessary engagement of local women and local community representatives in decision-making processes, as well as the need to build women’s capacity in up-scaling adaptation technologies, and mobilizing resources. 

The Technical Expert Meeting on Mitigation (TEM-M) considered policy options, technological innovations and best practices of circular economies to achieve emission reductions and generate multiple benefits.

Engagement/Highlights of WECF at Bonn Climate Conference 2018 May

  • Sascha Gabizon having UNFCCC's interview to discuss how observers can contribute and support countries to complete the Paris Agreement Work Programme.
  • Natsumi Yoshida giving the intervention in the Opening Plenary on behalf of the Women Gender Constituency (WGC)
  • Involving in action to ensure human rights elements in the Paris rulebook, which was coordinated by Hanna Gunnarsson, and action against the COP24 bill violating human/civil rights. 
  • Anne Barre, on behalf of WGC, present "Good practice example: Collaboration providing gender expertise to the work of a constituted body" together with CTCN in Gender Dialogue (mandated event)
  • Anne Barre participating in the Talanoa Dialogue sharing her story in "Where do we want to go?" on gender transformative energy cooperatives 
  • WECF hosted a side event together with Climate Chance and ICLEI on access to climate finance for non-state actors
  • Exhibition booth with educational posters on gender and climate change

*In 2010, the COP established the Technology Mechanism with the objective of accelerating and enhancing climate technology development and transfer. The Technology Framework consists of two complementary bodies that work together, the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) which is the political body, and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) which serve as the operational body. The Technology Framework was later established to provide overarching guidance to the work of the Technology Mechanism in promoting and facilitating enhanced action on technology development and transfer, in order to support implementation of the Agreement. Under the SBSTA, countries are currently working to elaborate the details of the framework. 



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