Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 7, 2017

WECAN Delegation to U.N. Climate Talks, Bonn, Germany, Nov. 6 -- 17, 2017

Presenters stand in solidarity during a WECAN COP22 Morocco event 
- Photo via Emily Arasim/WECAN
Dear Friends and Allies, 

This November 6 through 17, 2017, the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network will take action and advocate on the ground in Bonn, Germany during the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP23 Climate Talks.

Since the organization's founding, WECAN International has been participating in the UNFCCC climate process as a voice for climate justice, gender equality, Indigenous rights, Rights of Nature and meaningful, bold action on climate change. 

As a central facet of WECAN's yearly work at the UNFCCC, we are honored to support and collaborate with many frontline, grassroots and Indigenous women leaders in creating opportunities for them to speak out and present their vital struggles, stories and calls to action during the COP - thus engaging with the policy makers whose actions and inaction on climate change impacts their lives, communities and homelands on a daily basis. Learn more about past efforts here.

As we look to the 2017 COP23 in Bonn, WECAN International reaffirms our commitment to ceaseless effort to bring women's voices to the forefront - and unyielding action to expose the roots of climate chaos and help usher in just climate solutions commensurate to the level of crisis we face. As an organization with an international focus and network, but a United States base location, we will also continue to stand with many U.S. allies to send an urgent message to the world that, even in the face of a climate-denying and reckless U.S. administration, many people across the country can, and will, stand up for climate justice, sustainability solutions, and systemic change.

Allies with questions or comments are encouraged to contact the WECAN team here. 
WECAN International COP23 Delegation
WECAN International is honored to be facilitating and/or supporting the presence of an incredible advocacy delegation: Thilmeeza Hussain (Former Deputy Ambassador to the UN from the Maldives and leader with Climate Wise Women, WECAN Advisory Council, and Voice of Women, Maldives); Patricia Gualinga (Indigenous Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku, Ecuador, participating in the WECAN, Amazon Watch and Indigenous Delegations); Nina Gualinga (Indigenous Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku, Ecuador, participating in the WECAN, Amazon Watch and Indigenous Delegations); and Isabella Zizi (Indigenous Youth leader with Idle No More SF Bay Area, participating in the IEN-INM delegation in alliance with WECAN).
WECAN International Action and Events
Women leaders speak out during WECAN's COP22 Morocco public event, 2016

November 13thWomen Leading Solutions 
on the Frontlines of Climate Change - Bonn (public event)

Join WECAN on November 13th, 2017 for 'Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - Bonn', an extraordinary gathering with worldwide women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of the climate crisis, and present the diverse array of visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world. Included in the discussion will be vital topics such as the intersectionality of gender and environment; Indigenous rights; carbon sequestration in soils; protection of Earth and water defenders; and women's leadership and calls for action within a climate justice framework. Policy-makers and international advocates will speak alongside grassroots, Indigenous and frontline women leaders from around the world. During the event, WECAN will also formally launch our exciting new project, 'Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies and Solutions from the Frontlines of Climate Change'.

WHENNovember 13th, 2017 from 13:00 - 18:00
WHERE: AMERON Hotel Königshof (Adenauerallee 9, 53111 Bonn)
HOW: This event is free and open to the public, no accredidation required. 

  • Noelene Nabulivou - DIVA for Equality; Pacific Partnerships on Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Fiji (PPGCCSD); Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN), Fiji
  • Ruth Nyambura - African Eco-Feminists Collective; Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Kenya
  • Thilmeeza Hussain - Former Deputy Ambassador to the UN from the Maldives; Climate Wise Women; Voice of Women; WECAN COP23 Delegation, Maldives
  • Jacqueline Patterson - Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental and Climate Justice Program, USA
  • Sônia Guajajara - Guajajara/Tentehar Indigenous leader; National Coordinator of Brazil's Association of Indigenous Peoples, Brazil
  • Patricia Gualinga - Indigenous Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku; WECAN COP23 Delegation, Ecuador
  • Gloria Ushigua - Indigenous leader and President of the Association of Sapara Women, Ecuador
  • Nina Gualinga - Youth leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku; WECAN COP23 Delegation, Ecuador
  • Natalie Isaacs - Founder of One Million Women, Australia
  • H.E. President Hilda Heine (** to be confirmed) - President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Honorable Mary Robinson (** to be confirmed) - President of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, former President of Ireland
  • Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (** to be confirmed) - Climate Change Activist and Poet, Marshall Islands
  • Representative of the Global Grassroots Justice Alliance
  • Representative of the Ende Gelende Movement 
  • Representative of Women in Europe for a Common Future
  • Representative of the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency 
November 15th: Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions 
on the Frontlines of Climate Change (formal COP23 side event) 
More information, coming soon!

November 15th: Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change (formal COP23 press conference)
More information, coming soon!
Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature Events
WECAN is honored to co-organize the Rights of Nature Tribunal and other Rights of Nature events as a member of the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.
November 7 & 8International Rights of Nature Tribunal 
(public event)

Join diverse allies from around the globe for the 4th International Rights of Nature Tribunal - a unique, citizen-created initiative which gives people from around the world the opportunity to testify publicly on destruction of the Earth and their communities, while advancing an alternative legal framework for justice, and living in harmony with the world and each other. The Tribunal will feature internationally renowned lawyers and leaders for planetary justice, who will hear cases addressing issues such as climate change, destruction of the Amazon rainforest, international trade deals, lignite mining, fracking, mega dams and other environmental violations, and offered judgments and recommendations for the Earth's protection based on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Osprey Orielle Lake of WECAN will serve as a judge in this year's tribunal.

WHEN: November 7th and 8th, 2016
WHERE: LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn

November 9Rights of Nature Press Conference 
(formal COP23 side event)

Organizational and frontline leaders from the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature will hold a formal COP23 press conference, 'Report back from the Rights of Nature Tribunal in Bonn: Foundations for Systemic Change in Climate Solutions'. WECAN Executive Director, Osprey Orielle Lake, will present. More details, to be announced.
Solidarity Actions With Our Allies
Global women leaders in action during the COP22 Morocco Climate March 
- Photo by Emily Arasim/WECAN
Throughout COP23, WECAN International will participate in a diverse array of direct actions and advocacy efforts with our global allies. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and calls to action during COP23.

For the Earth and All Generations, 

Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network 

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