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WECF and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Breast Cancer: Policy and Prevention

WECF training programmes and capacity building on gender and sustainability

International “Nesting” programme – A Healthy Environment for Healthy Children

Women's Major Group -Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 Development Agenda

WECF representation in international and UN policy processes

Safe and Sustainable Sanitation for Women and Girls

EDC Free Coalition Public Consultation

Asbestos: a silent killer on a global scale – substitute it now!

WHO European Environment and Health Process (EEHP)

EVENT: WHO 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Ostrava

EVENT: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Conference of the Parties, 2017

EVENT: Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards, COP22, Marrakesh

EVENT: WECF on the road to the COP22

Women and Gender Constituency at UNFCCC

Women's Global Call for Climate Justice

EVENT: WECF at the COP21

Don't Nuke the Climate - Paris 2015

Gender E3 Working Group in the European Parliament

Women and Gender Constituency at COP20 Lima, Peru

UNECEs 5th MOP to the Aarhus Convention, Maastricht 2014

Nuclear Power is not a solution to climate change – plug into renewables

WECF at the COP19 in Warsaw: Climate Finance and Gender Equality

International ‘Safe Toys’ Coalition – toxic free children products

Online discussion group INTERA

UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 - Rio +20

Toxic free beauty - safe cosmetics

The Golden Nuclear Fuelrod Award

ToNi-Finder - WECF's Map for Sustainable School Toilets and Nitrate Levels

Children's Environmental Health Award 2010

Children's Environmental Action Plan for Europe

REACH - Eliminating Toxic Chemicals in the EU

On the road to the COP22

WECF at the UN climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco, November 2016

Countries: Worldwide
Donors: Foundation Raja, Dutch MFA, AFD
Partners: Women & Gender Constituency, WEDO
Issues: Climate & Energy; Gender & Rights
Duration: 05/2016 - 12/2016

With a series of events, WECF raises awareness before, during and after the COP 22, the Climate Summit, about the impacts of climate change and the co-benefits of mitigation measures, while encouraging officials to take action regarding climate change & gender justice.
WECF will be involved in a number of high-level events and summits, debating with policy-makers and national and international actors involved in climate policy. WECF’s Executive Director Sascha Gabizon a.o. will be present in Marrakech to discuss the importance of taking action.

Along with the Women and Gender Constituency WECF organises the Gender Just Climate Solution Award Event on November 14, highlighting women's organisations' best practices, in the presence of H.E. Mrs. Amina Mohammed, Min. Environment of Nigeria, H.E. Mrs. Hakima El Haite Min. Environment of Morocco and Climate Champion, H.E. Mrs. Ségolène Royal, Min. Environment of France and President COP21. This will be followed by an Award Celebration November 15 in the presence of Dutch Minister Liliane Ploumen.
Since the Paris Agreement was struck at the global climate Summit in Paris (21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21) last year, countries have come together at an unprecedented rate to ensure its early into force.

Political momentum to combat climate change has grown remarkably since 195 adopted the Paris Agreement last December. With the Paris Agreement in place, COP22 must ensure the way is paved for transformative action to take place in the coming years.

Action before the year 2020 is a prerequisite for reaching the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. In Marrakech discussions on how to undertake radical action in the coming years will be a priority, and the Moroccan presidency of the Conference will seek concrete contributions from all countries.

WECF's list of events during the COP22 can be found in our Calendar section

For the general public (green zone)
There is a huge complex open for the general public, filled with sustainable interventions, divided into different topical issues. We are located in the Gender & Climate section of the venue. With 6 educational posters, we guide our visitors on the main 6 points of the Paris Agreement, and how gender is related to theses issues. With a 3D model, located in the centre of the pavilion, we illustrate how these gender just solutions fit in to all different types of societies (rural, urban, north and south).

Download the educative posters here.

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Regional African Training for Women #Agenda2030 advocates, trainers and media experts from civil society
Women Environmental Programme (WEP) convened 2-day training for expert women Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)

Gender just climate solutions award winners announced and publication launch
“When women design solutions, they don’t leave anyone behind” said Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment, Nigeria, at the Gender Just Climate Solutions Award ceremony, last week

UN's climate conference is officially over - but there is a lot left to do!
WECF reflects on the outcomes of UN’s international climate conference, the COP22 in Marrakesh

COP22: Women & Gender Constituency's Educative Posters
Learn about what gender has to do with climate change and the Paris Agreement.

Gender Just Climate Solutions Publication 2016
This is the second edition of the Women and Gender Constituency's publication ‘Gender Just Climate Solutions Award’. It honours the fundamental contribution of women in the fight against climate change and demonstrates the pertinence of integrating gender equality in all climate policies.

WECF and the Women and Gender Constituency invite you to Celebrate Gender Just Solutions Award Winners

WECF at COP 22: “Why do we need moustaches to be heard?”
On Thursday, November 10 2016 the Women and Gender Constituency hosted an interactive ACTION at COP22 to highlight institutionalised barriers to women’s participation in climate decision-making at all levels

WECF and WGC present the Gender Just Climate Solutions Award at COP22 in Marrakesh
“Highlighting the importance of gender equality, women’s rights and their contribution to climate solutions”.

WECF at COP22: Day One
Follow WECF's participation in the COP22 negotiations in Marrakech. Everyday there will be some report back on the highlights of the day

“Invest in Climate Justice - Not War!” Press Announcement Women & Gender Constituency
On Tuesday, November 8 2016 the Women and Gender Constituency of the UNFCCC will host an interactive ACTION at COP22 to highlight the impact of militarism on climate change and the importance of redirecting military spending to sustainable and equitable development.

Musical Performance today at 4.30 pm & tomorrow 11 am (COP22, Pavillion, green zone)

Regional African Training before Climate Summit COP 22

Women raise their voices at Marrakesh climate conference
Preparing for their participation in the COP 22, Women2030 will be holding an African Regional Training for 30 Women and gender Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Marrakesh, Morocco, November 4-5, 2016

On the road to the COP22
WECF at the UN climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco, November 2016

Gender Just Climate Solutions Award - Women and Gender Constituency at Morocco Climate Summit
“Highlighting the importance of gender equality, women’s rights and their contribution to climate solutions”.

Gender Just Climate Solutions Award -WECF en WGC organiseren Gender Just Climate Award ceremonie tijdens Klimaattop Marokko
"De Gender Just Climate Solutions Award toont niet alleen het belang van gendergelijkheid, van vrouwenrechten maar vooral ook de bijdrage van vrouwen aan oplossingen tegen klimaatverandering".

WECF and WGC present at COP 22 in Marrakesh: Gender Just Climate Solutions Award - Women and Gender Constituency at Morocco Climate Summit
“Highlighting the importance of gender equality, women’s rights and their contribution to climate solutions”.

Launching the 2nd Call for Gender-Just Climate Solutions!
The Women and Gender Constituency, of which WECF is a founding member, is very pleased to invite you to participate in the ‘Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards’ initiative for the upcoming UN climate negotiations (COP22) in Marrakech!


APA – Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) was established by the same decision to prepare for the entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Read more here: UNFCCC APA 

COP – The Conference of Parties (COP) is the supreme decision-making body of the Convention. All States that are Parties to the Convention are represented at the COP, at which they review the implementation of the Convention and any other legal instruments that the COP adopts and take decisions necessary to promote the effective implementation of the Convention, including institutional and administrative arrangements. Read more here: UNFCCC COP
COP22 – the Marrakech event is the 22nd time the COP is convening

COP22 blue zone – the general public does not have access to this area, as it is only open for negotiating parties and observers. WECF as a co-facilitator of WGC, has access to the blue zone as an observer and can therefore attend those negotiations and ministerial meetings that at open for outside parties.

COP22 green zone – is the area open for the general public, and is the exhibition part of the COP negotiations. Here organisations get there opportunity to showcase their work and the public get to interact and network.

Intervention – is the opportunity where the civil society gets to intervene and add their input in negotiations. Interventions are not always guaranteed to be heard; but the civil society is given the opportunity to still influence our decision-makers by sending the text to the secretariat. It is up to negotiators to read the intervention, so it is not always guaranteed they are read.

Paris Agreement – The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the framework of the UNFCCC dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance, and will be entered into force year 2020. Read more here: UNFCCC Paris Agreement 

SBSTA – The SBSTA is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the Convention established by the COP/CMP. It supports the work of the COP and the CMP through the provision of timely information and advice on scientific and technological matters as they relate to the Convention or its Kyoto Protocol. Key areas of work for the SBSTA are the impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change; emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; promoting the development and transfer of environmentally-sound technologies; and conducting technical work to improve the guidelines for preparing and reviewing greenhouse gas emission inventories from Annex I Parties. The SBSTA carries out methodological work under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, and promotes collaboration in the field of research and systematic observation of the climate system. Read more here: UNFCCC SBSTA
SBI – The SBI is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the Convention established by the COP/CMP. It supports the work of the COP and the CMP through the assessment and review of the effective implementation of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol. The SBI also advises the COP on budgetary and administrative matters. In 2013, the SBI had the challenging task of managing the shift in focus towards the MRV issues with the launch of the international assessment and review (IAR) and international consultations and analysis (ICA) in 2014, and work on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs). Loss and damage and adaptation finance is another area where progress was made under the SBI by reaching an agreement on a loss and damage mechanism and pledging funds in the range of US$ 100 million to the adaptation fund.  Read more here: UNFCCC SBI

UNFCCC – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); for a better overlook of the processes around the convention please see here