Official COP16 Side-Event
Updated: 06 December 2010 | Posted: 02 December 2010
Update: At the official COP16 side-event, co-convened by Realizing Rights on 04 December 2010 in Cancun, Mary Robinson released a Statement on Women's Leadership on Climate Justice [2 pages, 190kb].
Realizing Rights co-organized an official side-event at the UNFCCC Climate Change summit in Cancun entitled "Women's Leadership on Climate Change Justice and the Grassroots Perspective".
At this event, Mary Robinson was joined by Constance Okollet, Chairperson of Osukuru United Women's Network, Uganda and founding member of Climate Wise Women, and Francesca de Gasparis, Director of the Green Belt Movement - Europe to discuss strategies for women's participation in decision-making on climate change.
Panellists and respondents explored issues including impacts, adaptation, lessons from the grassroots on REDD+, climate justice and local solutions. Moderator: Lorena Aguilar of the IUCN, Costa Rica.
Side events and Exhibits were established by the UNFCCC as a forum for duly admitted observer organizations to highlight diverse climate change issues in a different environment from the negotiation process itself. They are usually 1.5 hours in duration, where various Parties and organizations present their work, often engaging the audience in a Q&A session.
COP16 is the official name of the Cancun summit, which is the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The COP is the highest body of the UNFCCC and comprises environment ministers from 192 countries who have met once a year since the 1992 Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Mary Robinson: Why I'm going to Cancun - Irish Examiner, 30 November 2010
Women Leaders on Climate Change - MRFCJ COP16 Special Side-Event - 06 December 2010