The third session of our five part series on women's rights and climate finance, Getting the Money to the People: GCF Accreditation and Enhanced Direct Action, focused on accessing the Green Climate Fund through working with stakeholders at the country level (engaging with the National Designated Authority), utilizing Enhanced Direct Access, and seeking accreditation.
The second session of our five part series on women's rights and climate finance, Gender Mainstreaming in Climate Finance Mechanisms, provided an overview of how gender equality has been mainstreamed into global climate finance mechanisms, including a deep dive on gender considerations under the Green Climate Fund by Liane Schalatek of the Heinrich Boell Foundation - North America.
This Introduction to Climate Finance is the first of a five part series on women's rights and climate finance, aiming to build knowledge and power to ensure finance flows are benefiting local women's groups, responding to community needs and respecting human rights. This session will outline the climate finance landscape, as well as the key challenges and opportunities we hope to explore in this webinar series.
Globally, the area that is suffering desertification and land degradation is ever expanding. Unsustainable and often large-scale agricultural practices, including the copious use of pesticides and fertilizers, are a major driver of land degradation, aprocess that is further exacerbated by climate change, causing more erratic rainfall patterns, longer periods of drought and unpredictable growing seasons. This is very problematic not only for the hundreds of millions of people who directly depend on land and water for their livelihoods, but also for life on earth as a whole. It is clear that this process must be stopped and reversed, better sooner than later. But how to go about it?
The Green Climate Fund aims to support transformational pathways to climate-resilient development, intends to reach those most vulnerable, and commits to a gender-sensitive approach. This session presents an important way of putting these commitments into practice: by engaging small grants funds. These funds can provide the much needed channel between large international institutions and local communities adapting to climate change, and assure financing reaches women and men to contribute to transformative climate action. But how to make this shift in how financing is delivered? The audience will be actively engaged in the discussion to come to concrete suggestions to strengthen local access and gender responsiveness of climate finance.
From 7 to 18 november, the Climate Change COP22 will take place in Marrakech, Morrocco. This '22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)' as it is called officially, is the annual meeting of the 195 countries which have signed and ratified the convention.
Vandaag is het internationale vrouwendag. Een dag die zo’n 100 jaar geleden voortkwam uit stakingen van vrouwen tegen slechte arbeidsomstandigheden in de textielindustrie. Sindsdien is er veel verbeterd voor vrouwen, maar moeten we helaas ook constateren dat mannen en vrouwen nog steeds niet gelijk zijn. In 1949 waarschuwde Simone de Beauvoir al dat je vrouwenrechten nooit als vanzelfsprekend kunt beschouwen, en recente ontwikkelingen zoals de aanscherping van abortuswetten in sommige landen, bevestigen dat. Ze laten zien dat ook in het ‘Vrije Westen’ vrouwenrechten nog helemaal niet zo vanzelfsprekend zijn.
Small grants funds bieden een effectieve, alternatieve manier om geld van grote financiers terecht te laten komen bij lokale groepen en organisaties die wereldwijd werken aan een duurzame en rechtvaardige samenleving.