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“Feminist Want System Change, Not Climate Change: In Search of a Decolonial Feminist, Global Green New Deal” Wednesday, 15 July; 9:00am EDT/ 15 pm CEST
A webinar by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and the Women's Working Group on Financing for Development

The webinar will be broadcast via the YouTube channel on this link:  https://youtu.be/xxxxxxxxxxxx

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Introduction:
Rosa G. Lizarde, Global Director, Feminist Task Force
Co-Convener, Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development

Speakers:
Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD
Bhumika Muchhala, (need organization)
Joan Carling, Indigenous activist / co convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development-IPMG Co-convener of Indigenous Peoples Major Group,

Respondent:
Nadja Charaby, Senior Advisor on Climate Politics, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Moderator:
Emilia Reyes, Program Director, Gender Equity: Citizenship, Work and Family
Co-Convener, Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development

Background:
2020 is shaping up to be one of the warmest years on record – if not the warmest. Climate change continues to bring massive destruction of lives and livelihoods, from the enormous bushfires in Australia and the Amazon, the flash floods in Brazil and Indonesia and heavy rains in Pakistan, to the locust swarms in Africa and many other effects of severely degraded ecosystems. The current pandemic crisis is a sneak preview of the magnitude and severity of impacts if the climate emergency is not addressed at its core.

The climate crisis is rooted in an exploitative process that further increases multi-layered inequalities, as its impacts hit hardest on the already-vulnerable populations – those who had done the least to contribute to the crisis. As feminists and climate justice activists, we recognize that as we take from the earth to produce and consume, we also take resources, lands and rights from others to enable this process.

Concerns are high that the fight against climate change has seemingly been put on the back burner, with the postponement of this year’s annual high-level UN climate talks. But conversations are happening within the UN system and other policy forums on the need to ensure ‘climate-positive recovery’ in the stimulus and recovery packages that governments are considering. These should include actions that promote green jobs, just transition, bailout for companies to be aligned with the Paris climate goals, building resilience, and international cooperation and solidarity.

With forecasts of a prolonged recession, finance and investments are critical to any discussion around climate-positive recovery. Discussions are happening among governments and multilateral institutions on the need for a ‘whole of financial system’ collaboration, where the role of international financial institutions as well as development and regional banks would be crucial in providing concessional finance. These, together with strategies that promote systems-wide transformations towards green, clean, inclusive and sustainable pathways with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, are presented as the ‘solid blueprints’ for economic recovery while addressing climate change.

But are these, really?

Social movements and civil society have long rallied behind calls for systemic changes to address the climate breakdown at its core, encompassing modes of production and consumption practices to be compatible with the limits of the planet, and aimed at meeting people’s needs and not the relentless pursuit of profit. This would entail progressive shifts of the world’s economic, financial and political architectures away from fossil fuels and other harmful and extractive industries and reorienting these towards systems that embody solidarity, regeneration and equity.

There are a number of initiatives and proposals that articulate how such transitions to achieve climate justice may happen. They go by different labels like Just Transitions, Feminist Green New Deal, Buen Vivir and many others that offer not just a holistic critique of why the current dominant economic system does not work for people and planet, but also of the rationale and process for the comprehensive transformation of said system.
How do we push the envelope and find the macro points of entry to advocate for systemic changes and push for a decolonial, feminist global green new deal? How can just and equitable transitions be financed?
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The Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) is an alliance of women’s organizations and networks who advocate for the advancement of women’s human rights and gender equality in the Financing for Development related UN processes.
Co-Conveners:

Rosa G. Lizarde, Global Director, Feminist Task Force, rosa.lizarde@feministtaskforce.org
Emilia Reyes, Program Director, Policies and Budgets for Equality and Sustainable Development, at Gender Equity: Citizenship, Work and Family, emilia@equidad.org.mx

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