From including gender equity into the Paris rulebook to creating the gender machine in the UNFCCC


This article is written by Mouna Chambon.

On the 8th of May 2017, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Espinosa, was appointed Gender International Champion and affirmed her commitment to advance gender equality within the UNFCCC secretariat. “The full and direct involvement of women increases the array of solutions to climate change” she said.

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Children on the front line – Climate change and the Rights of the Child

This article is written by Charlotte Blondel

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

On the 8th May 2017, the UNFCCC held its first ever technical meeting on the relation between climate change and children’s rights. Too long ignored in climate talks, these rights should be of primary concern for the States parties to the UNFCCC. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is one of the most largely ratified conventions in the world, with 196 parties. The Convention sets up substantive rights enjoyed by children and youth under the age of 18, in addition to human rights applicable to both children and adults. States parties to the Paris Agreement have also committed in December 2015 to address climate change taking into account « their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children (…) ».

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SB 46 : A sorely needed acceleration of the race against the clock for the completion of the Paris Agreement Rulebook

This article is written by Rachel Wu.

The 2017 Bonn Climate Change Conference, or SB 46

Starting next week, a capital round of climate negotiations will be held in Bonn, Germany. All three bodies to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be at the negotiating table, namely the 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46), and the third part of the first session of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3).

The SBI is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC. Its role includes monitoring the effective implementation of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, as well as counseling the COPs on budgetary and administrative matters. The second permanent subsidiary body to the Convention, the SBSTA, supports the COPs’ work by dispensing information and advice on scientific and technological matters. Finally, the third body attending SB46, the APA, was established at COP21 in 2015 to prepare the entry into force of the Paris Agreement (PA).

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International climate negotiations: Where we at?

This article is written by Sofia Kabbej.

Climate change is a global challenge, greenhouse gas emissions have the same impact on the atmosphere whether they originate from Beijing, Paris or New York. For that reason, it requires a global solution and so, international climate negotiations.

In 2011 (COP17), in Durban, Parties to the Convention committed to a new universal climate change agreement. Culminating a four-year negotiation round, the Paris Agreement was adopted in Paris, in 2015. But what does the agreement call for?

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Climate Change and the Trump Administration


This article is written by Remi Desaunois.

On March 16th, the White House released a ‘’Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again’’. The Administration will release its full budget in May, which will then need to be adopted by the Congress. So far, this document is just a political statement that outlines the US government’s concerns.

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Balancing adaptation at COP22: the future of adaptation finance

This article is written by Lisa Murken.

climate_header_b3Adaptation has long been dwarfed by the big challenge of mitigation. Since the beginning of the climate negotiations, countries have emphasised their preference for mitigation action in order to avert the most dire climate change consequences. Politicians avoided talking about adaptation, in order to not give the impression of surrendering to an inevitable fate of disastrous climate change. As understandable as this narrative may be, over the past years it became increasingly clear that this is no longer supportable. Climate change impacts are no dismal future scenario anymore: unfortunately in many countries climate change is already a reality.

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COP22: Securing equal rights for women on paper is not enough

This article is written by Bindu Bhandari.

As smallholder farmers in many parts of the world, women play a crucial role in food production to feed a 7.4 billion people’s world. In its recent ‘State of Food and Agriculture’ (SOFA 2016), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlights that most of the world’s poor and hungry are located in rural areas who rely on agriculture for their living.

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