The Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) is one of the nine official stakeholder groups of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Established in 2009, the WGC now consists of about 30 women’s and environmental civil society organizations and networks. Please check our website for an updated list: http://womengenderclimate.org/member
Members of the Constituency are officially accredited to the UNFCCC, and in their application, have associated themselves with the WGC. The WGC currently has two co-Focal Points, Bridget Burns (Global North) and Ndivile Mokoena (Global South) who act as a liaison for WGC members to the UNFCCC Secretariat, providing information on side events, delivering interventions, and meetings with Co-Chairs and other Secretariat staff. WGC members liaise over a closed Constituency list.
The WGC also hosts an 'OPEN' Women's Caucus, typically daily at 9am, during each of the UNFCCC meetings, for all individuals (Member States, UN, IGOs and Civil Society), interested in networking and advocating women, gender and climate justice issues. The WGC hosts an open Caucus mailing list for sharing key information on gender-related news and side events.
In 2015, attempting to bridge the gap between the closed communications of officially accredited and members of the Constituency, and the open communications of all those interested in women, gender and climate justice issues, the WGC opened up a new 'Advocacy List', for members of civil society who want to engage in developing strategies and positions with the WGC.
As we work towards implementation of the Paris Agreement, we are working to better clarify the roles of each of these lists, and the first step is requesting that all those who want to join the Advocacy List, agree to a certain set of values and principles, and provide basic biographical information.