Gender in Climate Change Negotiations- A Critical Look at Frames of Argumentation from a Theoretical Perspective
In November of 2016 the Conference of Parties, COP22, took place in Marrakech, Morrocco. Although both the media and international policy makers gave it less attention than the COP21 in Paris, the Marrakech event was significant for its inclusion of gender as a critical climate change topic. The success in including gender as a relevant subject was partly due to the renewal of the Lima Work Program, a gender-focused initiative developed two years prior in Peru. Although at COP22 the joint discussion of gender and climate change became common practice, there remains significant challenges in defining what gender inclusion means.
The inclusion of “gender” within COP has largely and predominantly been focused on the inclusion of women, speaking within the frame of the gender binary. This year, three main lines of argumentation for this inclusion were clear; one based on a more “neoliberal” discourse, another that could be considered as more “ecofeminist”, and a third which focuses on the vulnerability of women.
The neoliberal frame is one focused predominantly on the monetary value of the inclusion of women. The idea that “investing in women causes a higher return on investment” is one couched in ideas of women as being more responsible, an argument most commonly seen in discussions on micro credit and micro finance. Though there may be truth in the findings that women tend to repay loans more often than men, this discourse is problematic in two ways. The first being that this can lead to a misleading generalization of women as being more responsible purely because they are women or mothers. It also implies that men are therefore irresponsible and not able to appreciate needs of the family or of children.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 9th WEEC
The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017. The title of the Congress is CulturEnvironment: Weaving new connections. The Organizing Committee for the congress is BC’s Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) in cooperation with the WEEC Permanent Secretariat.
Hosted by SFU, the Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) is a collaborative of researchers and practitioners committed to high quality environmental and sustainability learning in British Columbia. Our members come from a variety of institutions including universities, colleges, school districts, community groups, non-profit organizations, and provincial and regional governments.
The organizing committee in 2017 will embrace different approaches in both the conceptualization and implementation of EE worldwide.
Our theme in 2017 is Culture/Environment. This focuses on the multidisciplinarity nature of the congress and a developing view that Culture and Environment are inseperable and may even arise from within each other. Such a theme of environmentalism underscores a need to abandon notions that everything is measurable or under human control. The real paradigm of environmental thinking is uncertainty in the ways forward vs. the idea that ‘progress’ is unavoidable. Cultural change is also the necessary condition/requirement to rebuild and reinvent our relation with nature and live sustainably. Therefore, with this call for papers we promote NETWORK/ACTION/COALITION.
WEEC 2017 (Vancouver) will be a congress of Cutural and Environmental mobilization.
COP 22. The Youth Appeal
During the Education Thematic Day at the COP 22, November 14th, the representatives of the Young Reporters for the Environment (JRE) launched a Youth Appeal. This appeal read by Aicha Oujidi JRE from Morocco and Melvin Lie Morris JRE from Kenya contains nine recommendations discussed and agreed by JREs from 11 different countries (Morocco, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Portugal, Canada, Romania, Kazakhstan and Malta), which the Foundation held on 13 and 14 November in Marrakech on the theme of reducing the ecological footprint. One of the nine recommendations was retained by YONGO, which committed to bringing it up to the UNFCCC level.
Piloted by the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, the Young Reporters for Environment (JRE) is present in 30 countries belonging to the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) In Morocco participated 22,000 high school students, 174 of which were prize-winners in the national competition and 24 in the international competition. These pupils were accompanied by 8300 supervisors.
2nd meeting of environmental journalism at COP22
Marrakech, Morocco, 9 November 2016 (IUCN)
The second Meeting of Environmental Journalists from News Agencies in the Mediterranean is being held in Marrakesh from 11 to 13 November 2016, during the COP22 on Climate Change. More than 50 participants among which journalists from 16 countries from both shores of the Mediterranean convene to discuss with scientist and experts how to improve climate change reporting and empower Mediterranean media.
During the encounter the publication “Environmental information in the Mediterranean - A journalist’s guide to key questions and institutions” and an online platform for networking of environmental journalists in the Mediterranean will be presented. These are the two first products resulting from the collaboration over the first year of this network of environmental journalists and communicators from environmental and scientific institutions and NGOs in the Mediterranean.
For more information on the meeting: bit.ly/medgreenjournalism_en
Vacancy annoucement: Project Coordinator High Seas Governance
The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) is seeking a Project Coordinator on “Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas”.
More information is available here.
Environmental and Ecological Education Panel Athens Greece
The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers based in Athens, organizes A Panel on Environmental and Ecological Education, 22-23 May 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the Twelfth Annual International Symposium on Environment, 22-23 May 2017, Athens, Greec.
The language of the conference is English for both presentations and discussions. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and it should include names and contact details of all authors. All abstracts are blind reviewed according to ATINER’s standards and policies. Acceptance decisions are sent within four weeks following submission. Papers should be submitted one month before the conference only if the paper is to be considered for publication at ATINER’s series.
2016 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders
The 2016 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, themed 'Local Voices for a Better World,' opened on Wednesday, 12 October 2016, in Bogotá, Colombia, and will continue through Saturday, 15 October. The World Summit, organized by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), is the largest global gathering of mayors, councilors, representatives of local governments, and other interested policymakers and practitioners.
Four major deliverables are expected from the 2016 World Summit. The Global Agenda of Local and Regional Governments for the 21st Century will reflect the discussions held in the Summit's plenaries and policy dialogues, highlighting local and regional authorities' priorities that are not currently included in global development negotiations surrounding Habitat III and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Accompanying the Global Agenda will be the launch of the 4th Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD IV), providing analysis, innovative examples and case studies from around the globe to support the recommendations of the Global Agenda. Another major output will be the Bogotá Statements, which will capture the major challenges that local and regional governments have identified during the Summit. The fourth and final expected outcome is the Key Recommendations of Local and Regional Governments to Habitat III.
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