20th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol was held from 1 to 12 December 2014. COP 20/CMP 10 and hosted by the Government of Peru, in Lima, Peru.


A strong contingent of GGCA members will be present in Lima championing gender equality as a key element of the new climate agreement.  From trainings to interventions to stakeholder engagements and beyond, each organization plays an integral part in building the foundation for advancing the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of gender-sensitive climate change policies and actions at all levels.


Hosting a side event “Adaptation & Agroecology: women’s strategies for climate change” - Women small-scale farmers are using agroecology to adapt to climate change. But these gains are threatened by a lack of climate finance, false solutions, and a reluctance to address Loss & Damage. ActionAid will demonstrate how communities’ experiences and rights must be key to UNFCCC policies.


The All India Women’s Conference team will be in Lima to host a side event that highlights work with women and low carbon developments focusing on alternative energy and climate change advocacy at grassroots level. GGCA member: Usha Nair


Hosting a side event “On the road to COP21 and beyond – Discover the Youth Climate Action project” - Launched for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Climate Summit, Youth Climate Action is a new tool created on one hand to inspire, empower and mobilize.


CARE will have a delegation at COP20 working closely with CARE Peru.  A main message will be that social inequalities include gender inequality.  The team, in conjunction with CCFAS, will focus on small holder farmers, agriculture, and food security.  CARE will also launch small report on gender and climate change based on their recent research findings.    Also hosting side event “The challenges of local adaptation planning and initiatives for communities” - Local adaptation plans are still scarcely developed. Starting from the European Alps, a case of transnational cooperation and exchange among different countries. GGCA member: Sven Harmeling


The CIAT team is preparing a pre-COP event on gender and climate change policies with a focus on NAPs & NAMAs and extending an invitation to Latin policy makers (Peru, Columbia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, plus others).  Also hosting side event “Climate smart agriculture innovations to raise rural incomes under climate change” - Growing climate risks require transformations to climate smart agriculture innovations by farmers, private sector and public services that can provide widely shared livelihood. GGCA member: Tatiana Gumucio


Team members from GGCA partner Heinrich Boll Foundation North America will be in Lima following policy on climate finance, the Green Climate Fund, supporting information sharing and capacity building events that have a gender perspective, and providing key informative material.  HBF will host a side event that will focus on carbon majors and the contribution of private actors. GGCA partner: Liane Schalatek


Hosting a side event “Changing climate in the mountains: how countries are coping and planning long-term response” - This side event will highlight the challenges of dealing with climate change in the mountains and how countries have developed customized approaches.


The IUCN Global Gender Office team will be in Lima supporting gender issues and priorities on the COP20 agenda.  IUCN will co-host an evening event on gender day, a cocktail social in the Peruvian Pavilion, inviting negotiators to learn more about the linkages between gender and climate change. GGCA members: Lorena Aguilar, Margaux Granat, Jackie Siles

Hosting a side event “A fair and accountable climate finance regime: Confronting the contentious issues” - Related to accountability and climate finance: How adaptation finance needs can be met fairly by different countries and how developing countries are increasing.


Hosting a side event “Forest governance experiences in ASEAN: Lessons for REDD+” - ASEAN representatives working on forestry and climate change will reflect on the differing forest governance approaches pursued by member states, including best practices.


UNDP is working closely with the Peruvian government to host an event focusing on gender and climate change.  Several team members will remotely support the integration of gender aspects into the UN system wide high-level side events (across various thematic areas of climate change) with particular emphasis on supporting the side event focused on forests/REDD+.  This side event is proposed to focus on lessons learned and good practices with a view to the future of REDD+ in the upcoming years.  UN side events looking to incorporate gender dimension. GGCA member: Elizabeth Eggerts (remote)

UN SD Ed Caucus

The UNSD Education Caucus team will be in Lima working on a parallel initiative to COP20 that will reach global audiences.  One of the themes will be "Finding common ground" with a reach to change messaging towards action, not competing agendas.  Working with Global filmmaker John Lu, Environmental Education Media Project, several stages will be setup to focus on substantive content [of which gender will be a part] and on art, music, and culture.  In addition to this exciting initiative, the UNSD Ed team will host side events that support gender integration through public participation, public decision making, and international cooperation. GGCA member: Pam Puntenney

UN Women

The UN Women team will be in Lima and joining the UN system in side events (at least one in migration and climate change) and supporting exhibits for UN system designated areas.  A primary message will link Beijing+20 into events for COP20. GGCA member: Verona Collantes


Hosting a side event “Towards a Gender-Responsive Mitigation Framework for transformative change in the energy sector” - Gender equality is a key component for the new climate change agreement. Gender mainstreaming in the energy sector is taking place from national policies, to institutional levels. GGCA member: Sabine Bock


The WEDO team will be in Lima supporting the Women’s Delegate Fund and hosting the WDF night school prior to COP.  Team members will also be on the ground advocating to ensure gender language is included in overall agreement, sharing technical tools for government’s and advocates, delivering action plans for COP agenda items, and promoting an update of the compilation of gender in decisions and negotiations.  WEDO, in conjunction with the Women & Gender Constituency (WGC), will also host a workshop (2 day capacity building for human rights advocates) and side event with WECF & ENERGIA focusing on gender methodologies in mitigation. GGCA member: Bridget Burns


Hosting a side event “Achieving Universal Energy Access: A development imperative in addressing climate change” -To showcase innovative approaches to reach the ambitious but achievable goal of universal energy access by 2030. It will bring together policy makers, practitioners, and more. GGCA member: Priscilla Achakpa


WOCAN will be present in Lima to showcase recent products.  A likely activity will be sharing outcomes from a recent regional dialogue on landscape management in Thailand with a focus on forests during the Global Landscapes Forum and participating in climate finance side events that focus on gender issues. GGCA member: Jeannette Gurung


Existing Mandates and Entry Points for Gender Equality in current UNFCCC decisions and conclusions.  Available inEnglish and Spanish, and soon in French, this technical guide was developed to support decision-makers, negotiators and advocates in mapping current decisions that contain specific references to gender equality (e.g. in relation to gender balance or gender-sensitive approaches) across all main areas of the negotiations. This mapping further serves to support users in more effectively monitoring the implementation of gender-sensitive climate change policies and actions at all levels.  Provided by WEDO.

Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change and Agriculture presents a number of gender-sensitive and socially inclusive participatory action research tools and methods useful for climate research and program development.  Provided by CCAFS.