UNFCCC Intersessional 2015

This is the year for an ambitious new binding agreement on climate change in 2015. In the run-up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of Parties, this session will see civil society organisations, intergovernmental organizations, and UN agencies stress the need for policies and processes to be gender-responsive in order to adequately address the impacts of climate change as the draft text on the expected new climate agreement is further discussed.

GGCA Member Events

Monday, 1 June                15:00—16:30, Bonn III (72)

Communicating Climate Change and the post2015 Agenda: The 2015 Global Challenges Youth Music Contest

Innovative approaches to engage youth and broadcast media in climate change science and policy communication, global citizenship education and COP21 momentum building are needed. The 2015 Global Youth Music Contest and its Award Gala TV Show during COP21 will be presented as a flagship initiative.

Association Actions Vitales Pour Le Developpement Durable (AVD), Mr. Jean Paul Brice Affana Affana


Tuesday, 2 June                 13:15—14:45, Berlin (112)

Piloting country profiles for health and climate change

Country-specific information on health risks from CC and health benefits generated from cutting CO2 emissions

World Health Organization (WHO), Ms. Marina Maiero


Tuesday, 2 June                15:00—16:30, Bonn I (45)

Twin tracks for ambitious action: Post-2015 development and the Paris deal

The event hosted by ActionAid/CARE/WWF will explore mutual benefits between the post-2015 development framework and the UNFCCC process for ambitious climate action. This will include particular attention on the issue of loss and damage, recent developments and its role in the Paris climate treaty.

CARE International (CI), Mr. Sven Harmeling  & ActionAid International, Mr. Harjeet Singh


Tuesday, 2 June                15:00—16:30, Berlin (112)

The role of nature-based solutions within Intended Nationally Determined Contributions

How do you quantify the role of nature-based solutions within INDCs? Join IUCN, its members and partners in highlighting new tools that respond to the request made at SBSTA-40 and in the Lima Call for Climate Action for organizations to support Parties in the domestic preparation of INDCs

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature, Mr. Sandeep Sengupta


Wednesday, 3 June                19:00—21:00, Hotel Bristol Bonn

Women’s Leadership in Climate Diplomacy, Networking Reception

Networking reception to highlight women’s leadership in the UNFCCC, including gaps and opportunities to ensure that climate policies benefit from truly equitable representation of perspectives at the table- for stronger and more effective action.


Wednesday, 3 June                18:30—20:00, Kaminzimmer (113)

Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change and the Paris Agreement

Climate change is a driver of human mobility and is expected to increase displacement of people. The most recent available knowledge and experience will be shared and it will be discussed why it is important to address human mobility in the Paris Agreement.

International Organization for Migration (IOM), Ms. Mariam Traore


Thursday, 4 June                13:15—14:45, Berlin (112)

Accelerating the Implementation of Energy Efficiency Initiatives: UNEP/BCSE

The Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform is a public-private partnership to scale up global policy, action & investment in EE. This event will discuss activities up to and beyond COP21, doubling the rate of improvement of EE by 2030, and realizing countries’ efficiency and mitigation targets.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Ms. Fanina Kodre


Thursday, 4 June                15:00—16:30, Bonn I (45)

Women's Perspectives on Just Climate Policy: COP21 and Beyond

This event will engage regional perspectives from women's rights activists on key elements to ensure just climate action for women and men, ranging from appropriate climate finance to safe and sustainable technology transfer and development.

Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Ms. Bridget Burns & genderCC - women for climate justice e.V. (GenderCC), Ms. Gotelind Alber


Thursday, 4 June                18:30—20:00, Bonn III (72)

National Adaptation Plans – design, implementation and up-scaling of adaptation action

Selected focal points will share their experience on progress on National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), their alignment to the wider national planning, the challenges for the design of inter-sectorial NAPs and the possibilities for implementation and scaling up adaption efforts.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Mr. Reuben Sessa


Friday, 5 June                15:00—16:30, Bonn I (45)

What the Himalayan countries expect in 2015 Climate Agreement

2015 Climate Conference is expected to deliver an international agreement. Considering mountains are one of the most vulnerable ecosystems, this side event hosted by ICIMOD will be a platform for countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region to articulate their expectations.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Mr. Bhaskar Singh Karky


Friday, 5 June                18:30—20:00, Bonn II (40)

Science-policy-livelihood progress through livestock-related NAMAs in Costa Rica, Kenya and Mongolia

Agricultural NAMAs can finance improved agricultural production and livelihoods and reduce emissions. We will discuss active NAMA proposals that focus on improving livestock productivity in Costa Rica, Kenya and Mongolia. Experts will address MRV, public-private partnerships and financing.

Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Sra. Carolina Jaramillo


Monday, 8 June                15:00—16:30, Berlin (112)

Who pays and who benefits: Equity implications of policies and benefit sharing mechanisms for REDD+

CIFOR and partners will discuss the costs and equity aspects of, and policy options for benefit sharing arrangements associated with REDD+ across multiple levels. We look at a variety of policies and measures, including tenure, and highlight trade-offs between effectiveness, efficiency and equity.

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Ms. Levania Santoso & Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC)


Monday, 8 June                18:30—20:00, Berlin (112)

Towards comprehensive risk management: Guidance on integrating DRR aspects into NAPs

As support to governments in developing effective NAPs that effectively address climate change risks to development, UNISDR and UNDP are developing a guidance note on how to integrate disaster risk aspects in the NAP process. We wish to consult with Parties on a draft and discuss their needs.

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Ms. Luna Abu-Swaireh


Tuesday, 9 June                18:30—20:00, Bonn III (72)

Achieving the 2° Goal: Guidance on Preparation of INDCs for the 2015 Agreement

Drawing on results from UNDP’s Regional Technical Dialogues on INDCs, UNDP and WRI will present their recently released guidance for INDC preparation. The guidance addresses technical elements and includes key steps, options, and recommendations for Parties’ preparation of effective INDCs.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms. Allison Towle


Other Gender and Climate Change Events

Monday, 1 June                15:00—16:30, Kaminzimmer (113)

Let's not move back! Food security and nutrition should be at the heart of climate action

Climate change could increase the number of people suffering from hunger and undernutrition. Boosting food production is not sufficient. We need the Paris agreement to push a real agro-ecological paradigm, prevent from false solutions and keep the mention of food security.


Monday, 8 June                10:00—13:00, tbd, provisional agenda

In-session workshop on gender-responsive climate policy with a focus on mitigation action and technology development and transfer

Session I: Setting the scene – Terms and concepts in the context of gender responsive policy

Session II: The importance and benefits of mainstreaming gender in mitigation action and technology development and transfer


Tuesday, 9 June                10:00—13:00, tbd, provisional agenda

In-session workshop on gender-responsive climate policy with a focus on mitigation action and technology development and transfer

Session III: Gender in UNFCCC processes and mechanisms in relation to mitigation action and technology development and transfer – challenges and opportunities

Session IV: Enhancing gender-responsiveness in mitigation action and technology development and transfer- challenges and opportunities


Tuesday, 9 June                15:00—16:30, Kaminzimmer (113)

Advancing Human Rights in the Paris Agreement

Bringing together experts from the human rights and climate communities, this event will highlight the human rights and justice dimensions of climate change. Panellists will discuss progress made in the UNFCCC and share proposals for how these principles should be integrated in the Paris agreement.


Tuesday, 9 June                18:30—20:00, Berlin (112)

Climate Smart Agriculture Advantage: better returns for smallholders

Climate smart investments in smallholder agriculture bring more sustainable benefits to rural communities, according to data from IFAD. The UN's Rome Based Agencies will be showcasing the latest results from the field in working with farmers in developing countries to adapt to climate impacts.


Wednesday, 10 June                18:30—20:00, Bonn I (45)

Rural Development with Climate Mitigating Solutions in South Asia

Sustainable development solutions in South Asian villages focusing on improved rural energy technologies that support better living standards and livelihoods without affecting climate parameters. This Eco-Village Development Concept is being researched and implemented with community participation.