COP22: Women Should Lead the Fight Against Global Warming
Women took centre stage at the COP 22 conference on climate change today (Friday, November 11th) when a special press event was held to call for more support for female leaders in efforts to tackle climate change.
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris was joined by Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations, Dr. Hakima El Haite, Minister in Charge of Environment, Morocco and Celestine Ketcha-Courtes, Mayor of Bangangte, in recognising the unique contribution by women mayors and other leaders in securing the landmark Paris Agreement.
One year on from the Paris Agreement negotiations they came together to call for women to be given a central role in the coming years to ensure the deal is delivered on. Hidalgo said: “The negotiation of the Paris Agreement was concretely delivered by women leaders, and women will be essential in making it a reality in our cities.
“There are so many women mayors, deputy mayors, CEO and NGO leaders in cities around the world. I am determined to recognise their unique role that they are playing in transforming our cities. Women are more than ever key to the future of our planet.”
Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Executive Secretary, said: “Implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals is now the common cause of nations. There is abundant evidence that this journey will happen faster and with greater, positive impact, if the leadership role of women at all levels of society is recognised, encouraged and embraced.”
“Cities are leading the way on tackling climate change and female mayors are amongst the most ambitious in delivering on this issue,” said Celestine Ketcha Courtes, Mayor of Bangangte. “Through powerful initiatives such as the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, we are getting the job done.”
The importance of the role of cities in tackling global warming was highlighted in a report presented by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA) at COP 22 on Thursday (November 10th).
Cities account for three-quarters of the world’s energy use and some 70% of the world’s carbon emissions. These figures are likely to increase if no action is taken, with around 60% of people expected to live in urban areas by 2030, according to the United Nations.
Although great efforts are being made to align the financial system with sustainable development, trillions of dollars still need to be mobilised to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, and to overcome the financing barriers at the subnational and city levels, according to the report.
It calls for a deeper analysis of the projects and financing currently available at a sub-national level and the report finds that major advances need to be made in order to create incentives for investment at a local level.
Dilip Kuner for OPEN Opportunities in Envirotech