Today, climate change is causing harm and damage, notably amongst the poorest people and nations on this planet who have contributed the least. Increasing resilience and tackling the causes and consequences of climate change is at the heart of CARE’s mission and is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular on gender equality and the eradication of poverty. Governments, businesses, civil society and other relevant stakeholders need to ramp up action to ensure the world rapidly shifts to zero emission and climate-resilient development pathways in order to achieve the agreed goals of the Paris Agreement (PA). Increasing the protection of the poorest and most vulnerable and cutting emissions to limit the rate of climate change are two sides of the same coin:
COP23 must advance and initiate concrete climate action wherever possible, based on principles of human rights and equity, and achieve key progress in the government’s’ negotiations over the Paris Agreement’s concrete modalities. COP23 should also provide an impetus for further dialogue and increased country ambition in terms of greenhouse gas emissions reduction and support to vulnerable populations by accelerating action under the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action, and other initiatives.
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CARE’s publications on our positions on climate change and COP23. Click the titles to read our work.
CARE’s Recommendations for COP23
Five steps to address climate change and to increase the resilience of the most vulnerable:
- Emission Reductions: Accelerate actions for keeping within the 1.5°C limit and ensure their monitoring is pivotal in negotiations for enhanced ambition in 2018 and onwards
- Adaptation: Scale-up gender-equitable adaptation actions to boost the resilience of vulnerable women and girls and their communities
- Loss and Damage: Implement the Warsaw International Mechanism with a dedicated focus on raising international finance to support the poorest and most vulnerable who are experiencing loss and damage of already few assets
- Agriculture: Promote and catalyze learning, action, and support in agriculture by establishing a joint work programme on Agriculture and Food Security
- Gender: Endorse and start implementing and monitoring an ambitious and resourced Gender Action Plan and integrate human rights and gender equality across the Paris Rulebook negotiations
Delivering on the Paris Promise: Combating Climate Change and Protecting Rights
This report focuses on recommendations for the negotiations of the Paris Rule Book. Notably, on the principles reaffirmed by the Paris Agreement: human rights, rights of indigenous people, public participation, gender equality, food security, just transition and ecosystem integrity. As well as integrating these principles in key aspects of the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Milestones Towards Pro-Poor Adaptation: Civil society achievements in promoting effective and equitable adaptation to climate change
South Voices for Adaptation has actively collaborated and one of their main achievements has been to pool together their experience and analysis in order to define what “good” adaptation policies should look like. Southern Voices members are proud to share at COP23 their considerable progress in reaching milestones and policy changes everywhere – see back page for a list of SVA partner members by country. Most of the successes reported below owe themselves to the degree of effort contributed by SVA partner members and their civil society allies. In some cases, they have recently cooperated with their national governments in preparation for COP23.
Adaptation Communications under Article 7 of the Paris Agreement: What should they include and why are they important for informing climate action?
Southern Voices for Adaptation, a coalition of civil society organizations from Asia, Africa and Latin America, have developed a benchmark for effective and equitable national adaptation frameworks known as the Joint Principles for Adaptation. These principles provide helpful markers for what countries should include in their Adaptation Communications. The Adaptation Communication is an important part of the architecture for achieving the mitigation and adaptation goals of the Paris Agreement, and mobilizing sufficient finance flows for climate-resilient development. It also serves as an important mechanism for celebrating and encouraging good practice in national adaptation policy and planning.
Read CARE’s news releases on our actions and report launches at COP23
CARE’s press conferences and actions at COP23 help reporters and journalists understand what can be a confusing and overwhelming process.
Agreements at UN climate talks fall behind vulnerable countries’ call to action
COP23 closing press release
CARE signs onto InsuResilience Global Partnership, but pushes for focus beyond insurance for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable
CARE Internationa endorsed the Joint Statement on the InsuResilience Global Partnership (IGP), but has reservations about the future direction of the Partnership.
Climate heroines: Strong women counter doomsday scenarios
CARE International “Climate Heroines” exhibition, launched during COP23, features twelve women around the world who stand up for climate protection with extraordinary commitment.
UN climate change talks struggle to deliver strong action on loss and damage
On the 4th anniversary of the devastating typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines in 2013, CARE, WWF and ActionAid demand that COP23 follow through on leaders’ promises in the Paris Agreement to protect people, their livelihoods and ecosystems from increasingly severe climate impacts
Read stories from communities, women and men at the forefront of climate change and blogs from CARE’s delegation in Bonn on key issues at COP23.
COP23: The Issue of Loss and Damage
For the world’s most vulnerable countries, loss and damage is an enormous financial burden on their GDPs and is particularly unjust, as other nations have caused the climate change impacts they are facing. Read blog on the disappointment of loss and damage negotiations at COP23 and future recommendations.
An African Perspective on COP 23
Despite insignificant contribution to global GHGs emissions (about 3%), African countries are already making a major contribution to global emission cuts and adaptation. In 2018, Parties must show commitment to meaningful progress on operationalization of a Global Goal on Adaptation and to accelerate the development of participatory and gender-equitable NAPs.
The Story of Our Local Basket: The Impact of Climate Change in Vanuatu
The local basket symbolizes unity in most places in Vanuatu. Made with pandanus leaves and centuries of time-honed skill. Disasters and droughts are taking away the pandanus, and plastic bags are replacing our baskets. The consequences of climate change are impacting our lives and our future.
The Power of the 1.5°C Limit: Preparing the Ground for Greater Ambition
Countries’ plans do not add up to what is needed for 1.5°C and more ambition is required. There must be a rapid shift to 100% sustainable renewable energies, and other known solutions, instead of shifting the focus to unproven and high-risk negative emissions technologies. At COP23, governments must take next steps to make the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit a reality: We need to act much further and faster, together.
My Agriculture, My Life: Agriculture Day at COP23
We all depend on food producers to feed our families: The longer the delay in action on agriculture at COP23, the more lives are affected and the more food security is undermined. Poor, rural communities depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and for their food. Progress in agriculture must ensure action and support to meet their needs and advance the principles of the Paris Agreement, including “safeguarding food security and ending hunger.”
4 Years After Typhoon Haiyan: A Woman Leader in Building Resilience
Daisy, the president of Agdaliran Women’s Rural Improvement Club Association (AWRIA), a women-led community organization in a coastal village in the town of San Dionisio, Iloilo province, Philippines, has served vulnerable people affected by typhoon Haiyan in 2013. She became instrumental as she conducted the same training she received from CARE in other remote villages. Her expertise in the local dialect, as well as familiarity with the town’s culture, helped effectively convey important messages to CARE’s project participants.
Four years after Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines are still facing climate change impacts
It has been four years since the onslaught of the super typhoon and according to climate experts, “Haiyan is the new normal.” According to the 2016 World Risk Index, the Philippines is now the third most disaster-prone country after Tonga and Vanuatu. Currently, CARE is partnering with different civil society organizations, community associations and government agencies in the Philippines to identify risks in communities and ways to adapt to the changing climate.
COP23 must build resilience for people in greatest need
Read Pierre Kadet’s recommendations for COP23 and expectations of what’s to come. Pierre Kadet is the senior manager of food security and resilience to climate change with CARE Canada.
Podcast: Climate Change, Gender and Hunger
Tonya Rawe, CARE’s global policy lead on food and nutrition security, talks about the most uncontrollable and destructive factors that people in developing countries are facing today – climate change and natural disasters that wipe out communities, crops and food sources
Life made easier in Nanja Village, Monduli, Arusha, northern Tanzania
CARE Tanzania video on the effects of climate change in Northern Tanzania, the struggles female pastoralists face in accessing water.
Learning by Doing: Conservation Agriculture Techniques Improve Yields, Income and Forest Cover
A video on what subsistence farmers in southern Tanzania are learning about the benefits of conservation agriculture by implementing climate-smart techniques to increase food production — and finding that it not only improves incomes but also reduces expansion into nearby forests.
Video Blogs at COP23
Why we march: CARE’s call for climate justice at COP23
Sven Harmeling, CARE’s Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator
Saturday, November 4
COP23: Day 1 Impressions
Pierre Kadet, CARE Canada’s Climate Change Resilience Specialist
Monday, November 6
COP23 Day 2: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Shaughn McArthur, CARE Canada’s Advocacy and Government Relation’s Advisor
Tuesday, November 7
COP23 Day 4: CARE Vanuatu on Climate Justice in the Pacific
Eddy Maliliu, Resilience Program Officer, CARE International in Vanuatu
Thursday, November 8
COP23 Day 5: A Call to Action on Agriculture Day
Tonya Rawe, CARE International Global Advocacy Lead on Food and Nutrition Security
Friday, November 10
COP23 Day 8: CARE Celebrates Gender Day at COP23!
Fanny Petitbon, Advocacy Manager at CARE France
Tuesday, November 14
COP23 Day 9: Africa Day
CARE Malawi’s Vitu Chinoko talks about gender and agriculture achievements at COP23 in the context of African nations
Wednesday, November 15
COP23 Day 10: Five Key Climate Change Ambitions for World Leaders
Shaughn McArthur, CARE Canada’s Advocacy and Government Relation’s Advisor
Thursday, November 16
To set up an interview with one of our delegation members or to find out more about CARE at COP23, please contact:
Camilla Schramek, Climate Change Communications Officer
Phone: +45 50 22 92 88
CARE has a delegation of over 25 members at COP23 from the following countries: Vanuatu, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Philippines, Canada, USA, Germany, France, Denmark, and Netherlands.
CARE’s Spokespeople at COP23:
|Fanny Petitbon||Advocacy Manager, CARE Francefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Karl Deering||Director of Climate Resilient Agriculture, Climate Change & Resilience Platformemail@example.com|
|Ninja Taprogge||Media Officer, CARE Germanyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|ShaughnMcArthur||Advocacy and Government Relations Advisor, CARE Canadaemail@example.com|
|Sheri Lim||Climate Change and Resilience Team Leader, CARE UKfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sven Harmeling||Climate Change and Resilience Platform Advocacy Coordinator, CARE Delegation email@example.com|
|Tonya Rawe||Global Policy Lead Food and Nutrition Security Unit, CARE USAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vitumbiko Chinoko||Partners and Advocacy Coordinator, CARE South Africaemail@example.com|
CARE International hosts and co-facilitates several events at COP23. Click the image below to see our events and key policy positions at COP23.
“I know what it feels like to suffer from hunger.” Kien Quang Thi from Vietnam experienced many failed harvests. Now, she is on the forefront of fighting climate change and one of twelve strong women portrayed in a very special photo exhibition.
About the exhibition: CARE International supports communities to adapt to climate change and fight for climate justice. Women are at the centre of our work. They are most affected but also strong leaders in bringing about change.
In cooperation with the renowned photography agency Laif Core, CARE’s CLIMATE HEROINES exhibition features women from 12 countries including the former and current Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Ms. Christiana Figueres and Ms. Patricia Espinosa.
CARE Action on #1o5C [May 9]: Civil society and non-party stakeholder groups call for urgent climate action on 1.5°C