WECAN AT UNFCCC COP27 EGYPT

Building upon years of engagement in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate negotiations process, the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network will be in Egypt for the upcoming COP27 from November 6 - November 18, with a frontline women's delegation to demand world governments take bold and transformative action for climate justice. 

We will also be presenting a diverse array of visions, projects, frameworks and strategies to draw attention to the root causes of multiple interlocking crises, and call for just solutions to shape a healthy and equitable world. 

WECAN will be advocating at the COP for:

  • climate justice

  • gender-responsive policies through the Gender Action Plan (GAP)

  • government commitments to loss and damage and climate finance

  • Indigenous rights and sovereignty

  • forest protection and restoration 

  • keeping fossil fuels in the ground

  • defending land defenders

  • Rights of nature frameworks

  • holding corporations and financial institutions accountable

  • saying no to carbon offsets and false solutions

  • uplifting community-led sustainable solutions for systemic change

Global women leaders at the COP26 WECAN Formal UN Side Event in Glasgow in 2021. Photo Credit: Katherine Quaid/WECAN International

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While it is vital to engage within the formal UN climate negotiations process in order to advocate for policies that support people and planet above profit and false solutions - our deepest hope lies with the people's climate justice movements organizing in magnificent diversity and strength across the world.

Please meet our COP27 delegates and learn about upcoming WECAN actions and events — in person and online—  in Egypt during COP27! 

COP27 WECAN Events & Actions to Date

To attend events in person you will need UN accreditation. Alternatively,  you can join us online as we plan to livestream all events for allies around the world, via Facebook Live and YouTube! All events are listed in Egypt Time (EET), please check your time zone for each event here. 

High-Level Bank Engagement
co-organized by WECAN, BankTrack and Global Witness

When: Wednesday, November 9th

During this high-level closed door meeting, frontline leaders and allies will meet with banks regarding fossil fuel extraction, forest protection, and Indigenous rights.  This is a vital engagement for an in-depth ESG and rights-based exchange.

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Press Conference: Women Leading Fossil Fuel Divestment and A Just Transition

Watch the recording of this event here: https://youtu.be/1D8UqNrgg_c

When: 

Thursday, November 10

3:30 - 4:00pm | 15:30 - 16:00 Egypt Time

Where: Luxor Press Conference Room, Area B, COP27 Blue Zone

Women leaders are building critical strategies for national and international divestment that call for justice and accountability from the financial sector and governments to phase out fossil fuels and deforestation, while advocating for a Just Transition that places people and planet first. During this press conference, speakers will share vital reports and strategies for ending the era of fossil fuels and  supporting communities and ecosystems impacted by extractive industries and Indigenous rights violations.

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Speakers include:

  • Eriel Tchekwie Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation), Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action

  • Tzeporah Berman, Chair, Fossil Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty

  • Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director, Amazon Watch 

  • Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

Press Conference: Accelerating a Feminist Green New Deal
organized by the Feminist Green New Deal Coalition

Watch the recording of this event here: https://youtu.be/7XVVIvBHbJM

When: 

Friday, November 11

2:00 - 2:30 |   14:00 - 14:30 Egypt Time

Where: Luxor Press Conference Room, Area B, COP27 Blue Zone

To truly address the root causes, as well as the scope and scale of the climate crisis, the Green New Deal must be cross-cutting in its approach, steadfast in feminist principles, and strive to combat historical oppressions. During this press conference, speakers will discuss the principles of the Feminist Green New Deal and feminist policies and frameworks that are necessary for advancing just climate policies. This press conference is organized by the Feminist Green New Deal Coalition, of which WECAN is a founding member. Please see the Feminist Green New Deal Coalition website here.

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Press Conference: Indigenous Women from the Amazon: Calls for Urgent Action

Watch the recording of this event here: https://youtu.be/0utZx7I3kaQ

When: 

Monday, November 14

3:00 - 3:30pm | 15:00 - 15:30 Egypt Time

Where: Luxor Press Conference Room, Area B, COP27 Blue Zone

Indigenous organizations and communities, led by women, are mobilizing locally and globally to protect and defend their communities and territories from governments and corporations that continue to violate Indigenous and human rights, and push forward extractive projects that harm local ecosystems and put communities at risk. During this session Indigenous women from the Amazon Basin will bring forth calls to action for Indigenous rights and protection of forests, water, communities, and the global climate.

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Speakers include:

  • Sônia Bone Guajajara (Guajajara), Indigenous Leader from Brazil, Federal Deputy of the National Congress of Brazil, Brazil 

  • Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa), Spokeswoman for Mujeres Amazónicas Defensoras de la Selva (Amazon Women in Defense of the Jungle), Sarayaku, Ecuador

  • Helena Gualinga (Kichwa), Indigenous Youth Climate Leader, Sarayaku, Ecuador

  • Taily Terena (Terena), Indigenous Rights Activist, WECAN Coordinator in Brazil, Brazil

Press Conference: Rights of Nature is a Systemic Solution to the Climate Crisis

Watch the recording of this event here: https://youtu.be/gRM5hBbEj5M

When: 

Tuesday, November 15

11:00 - 11:30am Egypt Time

Where: Luxor Press Conference Room, Area B, COP27 Blue Zone

As humanity faces escalating climate and ecological crises, we seek to articulate a vision toward a new legal framework and economy based on living in balance with Earth’s natural systems; where the rights of humans do not extend to the domination of nature. The Rights of Nature, one of the fastest growing global environmental movements in history, offers a systemic framework for change.  

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Speakers include:

  • Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation), Ponca Nation Environmental Ambassador and WECAN Board Member

  • Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

  • Nnimmo Bassey, Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation, an ecological think tank; Steering Committee Member of Oilwatch International, Nigeria 

Side Event:  Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Watch the recording of this event here: https://youtu.be/LmVMnyru8rk

When: 

Tuesday, November 15

3:00 - 4:30pm | 15:00 - 16:30 Egypt Time

Where: Khufu Side Event Room, Area B, COP27 Blue Zone

At this official UN Side Event, grassroots, frontline and Indigenous women leaders, alongside representatives from international climate justice organizations, will speak out to address root causes of interlocking crises and the need for solutions based in a climate justice framework, including forest and biodiversity protection, Indigenous rights, agro-ecology, fossil fuel resistance, protection of women land defenders, and community-led solutions.

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Speakers include:

  • Neema Namadamu, Democratic Republic of Congo Coordinator, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), Democratic Republic of Congo 

  • Sônia Bone Guajajara (Guajajara), Indigenous Leader from Brazil, Federal Deputy of the National Congress of Brazil, Brazil 

  • Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation), Ponca Nation Environmental Ambassador and WECAN Board Member, USA

  • Anne Songole, Climate Justice Coordinator, The African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET), Kenya

  • Helena Gualinga (Kichwa), Indigenous Youth Climate Leader, Sarayaku, Ecuador

  • Eriel Tchekwie Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation), Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action, Canada

  • Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

Press Conference: Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions

Watch the recording of this event here: https://youtu.be/UNcd-G5-Diw

When:

Wednesday, November 16

2:30 - 3:00pm | 14:30 - 15:00 Egypt Time

Where: Luxor Press Conference Room, Area B, COP27 Blue Zone

During this press conference, international women leaders will discuss feminist and women-led visions emerging from global movements, share the context and impacts of international climate policies,  and discuss strategies, solutions and alternatives towards shaping a healthy and equitable future. 

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Speakers include:

  • Neema Namadamu, Democratic Republic of Congo Coordinator, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), Democratic Republic of Congo 

  • Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation), Ponca Nation Environmental Ambassador and WECAN Board Member, USA

  • Anne Songole, Climate Justice Coordinator, The African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET), Kenya

  • Helena Gualinga (Kichwa), Indigenous Youth Climate Leader, Sarayaku, Ecuador

  • Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

Global Voices and Women-Led Calls to Action in Response to COP27

Watch the recording of this event here: https://youtu.be/V6v6gESUSYo

When: 

Thursday, November 17

7:00 - 9:00 PM | 19:00 - 21:00 Egypt Time
 

Where: Virtual via Zoom — Register here

 

Around the world, peoples’ movements are responding to the escalating climate crisis and rising to address the urgency and needs of people and the planet. Please join us for a wide ranging conversation from women and gender-diverse leaders on the ground at COP27 to report out on negotiations, share highlights, report releases, calls to action, demands from women globally, struggles, and solutions.

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Speakers include:

  • Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa), Indigenous Leader from Sarayaku, and Spokeswoman, Mujeres Amazónicas Defensoras de la Selva

  • Mitzi Jonelle Tan, Convenor and International Spokesperson for Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP)

  • Jacqui Patterson, Founder and Executive Director, The Chisholm Legacy Project

  • Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director, Amazon Watch

  • Geraldine Patrick Encina, Indigenous Relations Advisor, One Earth Member of Grand Council of the Eagle and the Condor, and member of Earth Timekeepers

  • Tzeporah Burman, Chair, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, 

  • Carmen Capriles, Founder of Reacción Climática, WECAN Coordinator for Latin America

  • Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

Meet The WECAN COP27 Delegation!

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NEEMA NAMADAMU

Democratic Republic of Congo

Neema Namadamu is the WECAN Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo leading WECAN’s  forest protection and reforestation program in the Itombe rainforest.  Neema is also Founder and Director of SAFECO, the Synergy of Congolese Women’s Associations and Maman Shujaa: Hero Women of the Congo, through which she has a established a media center for Congolese women to make their voices heard on the range of issues affecting their country. 

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CASEY CAMP-HORINEK

Ponca Nation, Turtle Island, USA

Casey Camp-Horinek of the Ponca Nation is a community leader, long-time Native rights activist, environmentalist and actress. She is the Ponca Environmental Ambassador and a WECAN Board member.  She has been at the forefront of grassroots community efforts to educate and empower both Native and non-Native community members on environmental and civil rights issues. 

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SÔNIA BONE GUAJAJARA

Guajajara, Brazilian Amazon

Sônia Bone Guajajara is from the Guajajara/Tentehar people, who inhabit the forests of the Araribóia Indigenous Land, in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. She was recently elected as the first federal Indigenous woman lawmaker for the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Sônia has also served  as the Executive Coordinator for the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) led the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Indigenous-resistance efforts to protect communities and biodiversity.

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HELENA SIREN GUALINGA

Kichwa, Ecuadorian Amazon

Helena Siren Gualinga is a youth social justice and climate activist, from Sarayaku, Ecuador. She is a co-founder of Polluters Out and speaks out on Indigenous rights, climate justice, and forest protection. 

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OSPREY ORIELLE LAKE

USA

Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International. She works nationally and internationally with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a clean energy future. 

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KATHERINE QUAID

Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, Turtle Island, USA

Katherine Quaid is the Communications Coordinator for the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN). She was born and raised in rural central Oregon and is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla. Her dedication to climate justice is tied to the lands of her ancestors and the many communities nationally and around the world that are fighting for a healthy future.

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PEARL GOTTSCHALK (LUJAN)

Canada

Pearl Gottschalk (Lujan) is an ally in Indigenous Philanthropy and is of Ukranian and Apache descent. She currently works as the Program Advisor to the Indigenous Women's Flow Fund at The Kindle Project and has worked in philanthropy for the last decade specializing in frontline, grassroots funding. This will be her third COP and she is excited about being a liaison between the philanthropic community and Indigenous People's in global delegations.