The final session of the 2012 UNFCCC negotiations, COP-18, commences Monday in Doha, Qatar. At the conference, Parties must find areas of convergence in order to ensure that women, men, girls and boys can fully adapt to and mitigate the ever-more prevalent and severe impacts of climate change.
Some of the main issues still to be addressed include:

• The closure of the Ad hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action
• Extension of the Kyoto Protocol to the 2nd commitment period, ensuring that there is no gap between the 1st commitment period and the 2nd commitment period
• Closing the gap between Annex 1 emission reduction pledges and action,
• Agreeing on a workplan for 2013 discussions on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action to progress toward achieving a 2015 agreement that will go into force in 2020
• Continued implementation of the various elements of the Adaption Framework, the Financial Mechanism, and the Technology Mechanism.


In Doha, WEDO will be monitoring all aspects of the negotiations with the support of our international advocacy team and other partners. The advocacy team is comprised of gender advocates from regions around the world; this year advocates are from Suriname, Ghana, Mexico, India, Niue, Togo, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Paraguay and the U.S. The team will aim to advance progress on the women and gender references secured [see article on outcomes at COP17] in Durban in the closure of the LCA as well as in the SBI and SBSTA. Specific focus will be given to how or if gender equality issues are included in the reports and future work plans of the Adaptation Committee, the Technology Executive Committee, the Standing Committee, the Work Program on Long-term Finance and the Green Climate Fund Board. A decision will be made on the host organization of the Climate Technology Center as well as on the composition of the advisory board.

Women Delegates Fund
WEDO is also coordinating the Women Delegates Fund (WDF), a program funded by the Government of Finland, which supports women from least developed and developing countries to attend the negotiations as part of their national delegations. At COP18, the WDF is supporting 7 women from Ghana, Kenya, Fiji, Liberia, Tanzania, Nepal, and Bangladesh. From Friday, November 23rd to Sunday, November 25th, WEDO will host a WDF ‘Night School’ on Negotiation and Drafting Skills for a dynamic group of 20 women delegates, which builds on a similar training delivered earlier this year at the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn, Germany.

WEDO Social Media
Follow updates on the negotiations and our activities at and on Twitter @WEDO_worldwide. Use the hashtag #ccgender to share and follow updates throughout the week, as well as #shesparks and #COP18Gender on November 27th during Gender Day events. Also follow @GGCA_Gender for updates from our partners in the Global Gender and Climate Alliance!

Key Links
UNFCCC Live webcasts and virtual participation
IISD Earth Negotiations Bulletin (daily coverage of meetings)
Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)

For any further information about the activities listed above and/or for media inquiries, please contact Bridget Burns,

The Latest WEDO at COP18 News


The Doha Gaps: Seeking Miracles, Solidarity and Good Old Fashioned Hope to Fill Them

Friday, December 14th, 2012

New York, New York (December 14, 2012)– On the heels of Hurricane Sandy, which tore a destructive path through the Caribbean and up the East coast of the U.S., and during Typhoon Bopha, the worst, most devastating storm to occur in the Philippines in half a century, the eighteenth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP18) in Doha, Qatar, failed to reflect reality.

COP18 ended Saturday night, December …

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Grains of Sand Can Move the World – Reflections on COP18

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

by Bridget Burns, WEDO Project and Communications Coordinator. At COP18, in addition to facilitating the WDF program and WEDO communications, Bridget worked in collaboration with several individuals to establish an active youth gender working group.

The culmination of any two-week-long multilateral negotiations, particularly around a complex, urgent and global issue such as climate change, is always followed by a period of reaction and reflection. Stakeholders at every level, across sectors and issues embedded in the …

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Making Our Voices Heard: Interventions at COP18

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

New York, New York (December 11, 2012)– Recognized as an official constituency of the UNFCCC in 2011, the Women and Gender Constituency works to ensure human rights and gender equality are incorporated into UNFCCC negotiations, agreements, plans and actions. The Constituency is currently comprised of eight* observer NGOs to the UNFCCC, some of whom are networks. Individuals and organisations engaged in women and gender issues who are not accredited to the UNFCCC are encouraged to work through accredited members …

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Climate talks adopt gender balance goal

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

By Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters. Originally posted by Alertnet.

PHOTO: A woman and crosses a bridge with her child next to a tannery factory by the river Buriganga at Hazaribagh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 12, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

Doha, Qatar (December 9, 2012)- U.N. climate talks have approved a “gender balance” goal that would increase women’s participation in the negotiations, with experts hoping this will make climate change policy more responsive to women’s …

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NGOs condemn Doha Climate Gateway as vague and weak

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Doha, Qatar (December 8, 2012)– Civil society members deliver statements of dismay at the lack of political ambition in the outcome of the Doha Climate Conference. Watch below statements from a press conference on Saturday, December 8th from the Qatar National Convention Center and final interventions from civil society at the closing of COP18. Also below is the press release of CAN International, a global alliance of NGOs which WEDO is a member of.


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