COP25 outcomes a letdown for women and girls on the front lines of climate crisis

The world’s poorest people – especially women and girls – are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, though they did the least to cause it

MADRID, 15 December 2019 – CARE Canada is deeply concerned that the weak compromise reached at COP25 climate negotiations lacks the ambition needed to tackle the climate crisis and respond to popular demand for climate justice worldwide. This leaves women and girls in poor countries dangerously reliant upon national governments to mobilize solutions to help affected communities withstand the impacts of climate change, and to deliver enhanced emissions action in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target.

Shaughn McArthur, Policy and Influence Lead, CARE Canada:

“It is a travesty of global politics that a small group of climate laggards continue to undermine global efforts to confront the climate crisis, even as it fuels social unrest, rising hunger, runaway migration, and conflicts with no foreseeable end. The world’s poorest people – especially women and girls – are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, though they did the least to cause it. Although many of the solutions are available and eminently affordable, COP25 once again failed to mobilize the quantity and quality of support needed to put those solutions into action.”

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

“The outcomes of COP25 are completely disconnected from the demands of people across the world to address the climate emergency. Governments from big polluting countries, like the USA, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Australia, continue down a path of dangerous inaction and are undermining international efforts to prevent the increasingly eminent climate breakdown. Nations like the EU, China, and India must now seize the opportunity to take leadership to ensure all countries cooperate and deliver improved national climate plans. Lack thereof would risk global surrender to the climate crisis and failure to achieve the the Paris Agreement goals.”

Sven Harmeling, Global Advocacy Lead on Climate Change and Resilience:

“We have witnessed two weeks of negotiations in which developed countries, especially the USA, have largely refused to heed the most vulnerable countries’ reasonable demands for support when they are hit by climate disasters. It is not the house of the rich countries that is burning, it is the land of the poor – but it is the rich countries’ emissions that have set the fire. With the disappointing loss and damage outcome from COP25, including a vague mandate for the Green Climate Fund, the fight for new and additional resources and climate justice will continue.”

Vitumbiko Chinoko, Partnerships and Advocacy Coordinator, CARE Southern Africa:

“We welcome the adoption of the gender action plan at COP25 which will increase women’s participation in international climate talks and national climate action, and help grassroots women’s organizations access climate finance. However, the resistance from some countries over the past two weeks in the gender plan negotiations clearly demonstrates that hard-won gains of human rights and gender justice continue to be threatened.”

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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