Climate change poses the greatest threat 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 threatens 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 of the climate emergency are expected to worsen in the coming future, CARE must do all it can to ensure that our actions are part of a global, urgent, effective and equitable response.

CARE adds a great deal of value in our ability to communicate international climate justice and gender justice through the same lens. In our efforts to push countries to increase their 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 Global 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 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).

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CARE’s Expectations for the UN Climate Action Summit

At the UN Climate Action Summit, CARE called on governments at all levels, businesses, and other institutions to deliver tangible outcomes and commitments to increase ambition across both mitigation and adaptation, and provide support to the poorest and most vulnerable countries. It is also essential that decision markers urgently tackle the climate crisis by building and promoting champions of gender-just climate resilience, with a focus on the poor segments of the population.

CARE’s Key Demands for COP24

At COP24, CARE called on governments to give a strong response to the climate disruption that people all over this planet experience and from which the poorest and most marginalized suffer most by: (1) Promising to accelerate climate protection efforts in line with the 1.5°C limit; (2) Increasing protection for those most affected by climate damage; and (3) Setting in place the necessary rules for the Paris Agreement to deliver concrete results in a manner that builds resilience, protects human rights, reduces gender inequality, promotes food security and enhances sustainable development.

CARE 2020 Program Strategy

This program strategy takes shape in a period of tremendous change in the world and within CARE. We are witnessing significant shifts in the patterns of poverty and inequality. In spite of global progress in reducing absolute poverty, wide gaps persist between and within countries. CARE’s vision is of a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live in dignity and security. Based on 70 years of experience in poverty – fighting and humanitarian action, the CARE 2020 Program Strategy describes the changes in the world we want to see and our role in bringing about those changes. The purpose of the strategy is to focus our programs to clarify – both internally and externally – how we will contribute to eliminating poverty and social injustice.

Punching Below Their Weight

This report presents, for the first time, a comprehensive analysis of the finance provided by the G7 group, as the main causers of climate change and main providers of climate finance, to developing countries for climate change adaptation and to what extent it promotes gender equality. This analysis is based on the over 16,000 projects in the OECD database supported by the G7 in 2013-2016. The results show that there is an urgent need to increase financial support for climate change adaptation with much stronger gender equality efforts.