Browse by Theme: Climate Change

The UK government has a crucial role to play in supporting women and girls, in all their diversity, to lead on climate change in 2021 as hosts of the G7 and COP26.

On Monday 23rd November 2-3pm GMT, join the Big Tent and CARE International UK, ActionAid UK, Plan International UK, Wen (Women’s Environmental Network) and the Centenary Action Group (CAG) as they explore the importance of women and girls’ leadership in the management of the climate crisis.

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This year’s international climate change negotiations (UNFCCC COP26) were scheduled to begin on 9 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK. Five years since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, this year’s negotiations were slated to be a moment of reaffirmation and ambition-raising under the global climate policy regime. The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated the postponement of the negotiations to November 2021. As the world grapples with a pandemic that, in a few short months, has provided a glimpse into the systems-level and often permanent disruptions scientists predict to result from climate change, it is critical that climate action not be allowed to come to a standstill.

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The UK Government has a crucial opportunity to ensure women and girls are put at the heart of climate action as it hosts COP26 next year, the annual global climate change summit. But their recent decision to appoint an all-male hosting team for their Presidency puts their credibility into question. We are outlining four steps the UK government needs to take to ensure gender justice is central to their COP Presidency, and to drive implementation of bold climate action.

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have undoubtedly been, and continue to be, terrible for individuals, communities, and countries. Yet the crisis provides the world with a unique opportunity, an opportunity to build forward rather than back. The purpose of this report is to highlight how best this can be done, via a holistic approach to economic, climate and humanitarian policies, and by putting women and girls at the centre of recovery and reform.

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The UK’s integrated review of security, defence, development and foreign policy should be a real opportunity to reframe our country’s external engagement with the world in light of where we are in 2020. But as the UK government chooses a COP26 team that is all-male I have to ask myself; truly – does this demonstrate a government that really understands where we are in 2020?

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Growing up in Uganda I saw directly the effects of climate change. Temperatures have risen and extreme weather events such as heatwaves, floods and droughts have increased in intensity and frequency.

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The UK government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy is intended to help define the government’s vision for the UK’s role in the world over the next decade. CARE International UK made this submission which calls on the UK to drive poverty reduction and sustainable development with high quality, impactful aid; and put gender equality and women’s human rights at the heart of foreign policy and international aid.

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