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Women and Gender Equality Texts Included in Outcome of Copenhagen: “Draft Decisions Presented to the Conference of the Parties at its Fifteenth Session for Consideration and Adoption

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Climate change has a range of direct and indirect impacts on the full enjoyment of human rights. This document presents some recommendations put forward by the Women's Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) to mainstream gender in in the Outcome document of the Copenhagen summit on climate change. This draft recommends the inclusion of an enhanced action on adaptation and capacity building, such as participatory approaches which include women. Additions are also proposed for a number of draft decisions such as policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. In this specific area the draft requests that developing country parties when developing and implementing their national strategy or action plan, address, inter alia, drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, land tenure issues, forest governance issues, gender considerations ensuring the full and effective participation of relevant stakeholders. A number of additions to the language of the draft are recommended which include a more participatory and local focus.Of additional interest may be a document on WEDO gender specific reflections on Copenhagen 15 Gender and Climate Change at Copenhagen COP-15: WEDO's Perspective on a History-making Year. The resource argues that far from being a comprehensive agreement the Copenhagen Accord is a sparce 12 page document with few details that was only introduced on the last day of negotiations. Despite this the support for gender equality language at Copenhagen increased significantly and various gender sensitive texts were incorporated into the texts.<a href="" http:=""></…;

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