Governments Must Tackle Climate Damages and Gender Injustice, says CARE on UN Climate Conference

Canada’s climate ambition cannot ignore women and girls bearing the brunt of climate change impacts abroad

MADRID, 28 November 2019 – Amidst wildfires, prolonged droughts, cyclones, and rising social injustice, CARE calls on all governments and stakeholders at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, to ramp up their national climate plans (NDCs) by 2020 and to increase resilience, particularly for women and girls suffering from the climate crisis.

COP25 is following last year’s adoption of the Paris Agreement Rulebook at COP24, and the September UN Climate Action Summit which was largely a missed opportunity by many governments to ramp up climate action. The conference in Madrid must start to fill the gap in ambitious commitments and advance on specific areas of concern at this pivotal time in global climate policy and action.

On Canada’s opportunity:

“This autumn, Canadians sent a clear signal that they want their government to take action on climate change. As one of the world’s largest per capita emitters of carbon dioxide – and with climate-related hunger, displacement and humanitarian crises on the rise – Canada’s climate ambition cannot ignore women and girls bearing the brunt of climate change impacts abroad. COP25 offers an opportunity for the Government of Canada to demonstrate how it will put gender justice at the centre of its climate policy.”

– Shaughn McArthur, CARE Canada’s Policy and Influence Lead

On Climate ambition:

“At the UN climate conference, governments, particularly from rich and powerful countries, must stop ignoring the climate emergency and commit to delivering more ambitious national climate plans in 2020. Our house is burning and this fire must be extinguished. Leaders thwarting action will be remembered in history for their destruction and must not be allowed to obstruct the conference, and climate action overall. We know the solutions we need, and together, the rest of the world has the power to make them happen.”

– Inge Vianen, Global Leader of CARE’s Climate Change and Resilience Platform

On loss and damage and finance:

“From Africa and Asia to Europe and the Americas, the burden of the climate crisis falls disproportionately on the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and girls. At COP25, rich countries must shift the scales of justice towards those most impacted by the climate emergency and chart the way towards generating an additional USD 50 billion by 2022 to address loss and damage.”

– Sven Harmeling, CARE’s Global Policy Lead on Climate Change and Resilience

On Gender:

“There is no longer any question: climate justice, social justice and gender justice are inseparable realities that will indelibly shape our world, and the future of our species. If women are not adequately represented at the table and their solutions are not promoted, climate action will fail. With the adoption of an ambitious UNFCCC Gender Action Framework with a comprehensive 5-year Gender Action Plan at its core, COP25 can set a landmark for gender-just climate action.”

– Vitumbiko Chinoko, CARE’s Advocacy and Partnerships Coordinator for Southern Africa

Notes to editors:

  • Shaughn McArthur, CARE Canada’s Policy and Influence Lead, will attend COP25 and is available for media interviews.


CARE has spokespeople available. For media inquiries, please contact:

Lama Alsafi | 613-228-5641

About CARE Canada

Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE develops solutions alongside women and girls in developing countries to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty and out of crisis. CARE stands with women and girls around the world in economic empowerment. We bring women, girls, and their communities together to challenge inequality while facing issues like food insecurity, climate change, and emergency relief in times of crisis or disaster. CARE works in 100 countries around the world.

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