Climate change is particularly harming to the most vulnerable, particularly women and girls, who are often the ones contributing the least to its escalation. The global climate crisis affects everything that CARE does and poses a significant threat to our vision of a world of hope, tolerance and social justice where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security. As the breadth and impact are expected to worsen in the coming future, CARE must do all it can to ensure that its actions are part of a global, urgent, effective and equitable response to climate change.
CARE has a comparative value addition in our ability to communicate international climate justice and gender justice through the same lens. In our efforts to push countries to increase climate ambition, CARE aims to ensure that gender justice and climate justice go hand-in-hand. By connecting women in solidarity networks that bridge the Global South and Global North, and helping women and their male allies to mobilize at local, national and international levels, CARE can significantly contribute to building a worldwide movement aimed at advancing pragmatic action by which leaders can accelerate climate action and the ecological transition that puts people — particularly women — at the center of climate policies and actions.
Decades of action and impact, make it clear that CARE has a great deal to contribute to the global movement for climate action, through local-to-global-to-local advocacy, namely:
- Promoting gender-equitable responses to climate change, particularly approaches that empower women and girls and lead to gender transformative outcomes.
- Communicating the links between policy choices and action on climate change in the Global North and South.
- Incorporating climate change across the spectrum from humanitarian assistance to long-term development.
- Generating evidence from practical experience on the ground to feed into program development, policy analysis and advocacy on climate change, both nationally and internationally.
- Building the capacity of local organizations in the Global South to do all of the above.
- Working in partnerships with other organizations and networks.
CARE, the UNFCCC and other policy processes
The international political response to climate change began with the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992, which sets out a framework for action aimed at stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” The Convention now has 196 parties. Each year the convention hosts a global meeting, known as a ‘COP’ (Conference Of Parties), which CARE influences through an international delegation with key demands for enhanced action to fight the climate emergency and ensure poverty-free, climate-resilient and zero-carbon sustainable development.
CARE also engages, as appropriate, in other fora and contexts, including national and regional implementation efforts in relation to climate action, the UN Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) process, and financial mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF).