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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 traveling to the upcoming UN climate negotiations COP28 from November 30 - December 12. We are honored to be advocating with an outstanding Frontline and Indigenous Women's Delegation to demand world governments take bold and transformative action for climate justice. 

As part of our advocacy, WECAN will be presenting policy interventions, on the ground climate justice projects, reports, systemic change frameworks and strategies to draw attention to the root causes of multiple interlocking crises, as we call for just solutions to shape a healthy and equitable world. 

WECAN will be advocating at the COP for:

  • climate justice

  • an equitable fair, fast fossil fuel phaseout

  • gender-responsive policies

  • government commitments to loss and damage and climate finance

  • Indigenous rights and sovereignty

  • forest protection and restoration 

  • just transition

  • defending land defenders

  • rights of nature

  • the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

  • feminist and beyond growth economics

  • holding corporations and financial institutions accountable

  • denouncing carbon offsets and false solutions

  • uplifting community-led sustainable solutions for systemic change

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 global climate justice movements organizing in magnificent diversity and strength across the world every single day of the year.

Additionally, though WECAN is focusing on vital work at COP28, we do not ignore the unspeakable violence in Gaza and Israel—as we have commented on in our previous newsletter and ongoing on our social media platforms. In every sphere of global society, we know deep systemic change is needed to stop interlocking root causes of oppression and egregious harms to people and planet.

Please continue on this webpage to meet our COP28 delegates and learn about upcoming WECAN actions and events — in person and online—  in Dubai during COP28!

Media requests for the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network during the UNFCCC COP28 UAE can be directed to:

WECAN is coordinating several press conferences, interventions, and events.

Please see below for more information on all of our events!

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COP28 WECAN Events & Actions to Date

Please see below for a list of events that WECAN is organizing, co-hosting, or speaking at during COP28. 

To attend events in person you will need UN accreditation. Alternatively,  you can join us online as we plan to livestream all events for our worldwide network, via Facebook Live and YouTube! All events are listed in Dubai Time Zone (UAE), so please check your time zones to join us!

More events will be added, please follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with our COP28 events and Delegation, or Please check back here for updates regularly!

COP28 events
Pavilion Event: A Global Movement Advancing Systemic Change for Real Climate Solutions

Friday, December 1, 10:00 - 11:45 AM
One Planet Pavilion, Blue Zone, COP28, Dubai

Hosted by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN), WECAN, and other organizations.

This event will feature esteemed speakers at the forefront of the environmental movement, including Natalia Greene, co-founder of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN), Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), Tom BK Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Nnimmo Bassey, Director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation. The panel will be joined by Great Grandmother Mary Lyons, Danielle Kehler, Gloria Ushigua, Alberto Saldamando, Leo Cerda, and Susana Borras. Together, these diverse voices will explore the urgent need for systemic change through the Rights of Nature to address climate challenges. 

If you would like to watch the event online, please register here.

Pavilion Event: Tackling the maternal and reproductive health harms of fossil fuels and petrochemicals

Friday, December 1, 3:15 - 4:30 PM
WHO Pavilion, Blue Zone, COP28, Dubai

Co-hosted by Center for Biological Diversity; RISE St. James, Human Rights Watch, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), Amazon Watch, Association of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB), Women’s Earth and Development Organization (WEDO) 

The health benefits of climate action for maternal and reproductive health begin with a fast, fair, and equitable fossil fuel phase out.

Worldwide, the increased risk of maternal and reproductive health harm from exposure to fossil fuel and petrochemical operations has been well-documented, though, like most health harms experienced by women, receives inadequate attention from policy makers, health care providers, researchers, and advocates. Increased risks of preterm birth, low-weight birth, miscarriage, and early infant death have been documented among people living near or working in oil and gas production sites, petrochemical plants, oil refineries and power plants burning fossil fuels. Economic systems tied to fossil fuel dependence drive increased militarism and a mounting toll on women and people’s reproductive health. A fair and fast phase out of fossil fuels and related petrochemicals and plastics (derived from fossil fuels) to a less extractive and exploitative economic model will reduce exposure and support maternal health and reproductive justice. This panel will provide new ground-breaking research, and strategies to confront these crises from frontline communities and advocates.


Speakers include:

  • Great-Grandmother Mary Lyons (Band of Ojibwe), Ojibwe Elder, Women of Wellbriety, International, United Nations Observer on Women/Indigenous Issues

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

  • Juliana Kerexu Mariano, Association of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples, Executive Coordinator representing the Guarani Yvyrupa Commission (CGY)

  • Shamell Lavigne, RISE St James

  • Antonia Juhasz, Human Rights Watch

  • Tara Daniels, WEDO, SRHR and Climate Justice Coalition

  • Karuna Jaggar, Center for Biological Diversity

  • Kelley Dennings, Center for Biological Diversity

Pavilion Event: Indigenous Women's Time: Weaving strategies to stand together against the climate crisis

Saturday, December 2, 2023, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Indigenous Peoples Pavilion, Blue Zone, COP28, Dubai

Hosted by the Women of the Métis Nation featuring WECAN delegates, Braulina Baniwa (Baniwa), Executive Director, the National Articulation of Indigenous Women Ancestrality Warriors (ANMIGA), Brazil; and Katherine Quaid (Confederated Tribes of Umatilla), Communications & Outreach Coordinator, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), USA.

Press Conference – Accelerating Feminist Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Saturday, December 2, 2023, 3:30 - 4:00 PM 
Press Conference Room 2, Blue Zone, COP28

Co-hosted by the Feminist Green New Deal (FemGND) Coalition (WECAN is a founding member of the FemGND)

​To address root causes of the climate crisis it is imperative to ensure the inclusion of feminist principles in a Just Transition. Speakers will discuss feminist policies and frameworks that are necessary for advancing just climate policies, focused in the United States with global implications. Speakers include organizational representatives from the FemGND Coalition.

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

Saturday, December 2, 2023,  5:00 - 5:30 PM 

Where: Press Conference Room 2, Zone B6, Building 77, Blue Zone, COP28

Hosted by WECAN

Indigenous women are continuing to powerfully mobilize to protect Indigenous rights and biodiversity in the Amazon. Speakers from the Amazon will bring forth calls to action and advocacy efforts to uplift Indigenous rights and protect forests, water, communities, and the global climate.

Confirmed speakers to date: 

  • Célia Xakriabá, Indigenous Activist and Member of the Chamber of Deputies from Minas Gerais, Brazil 

  • Fany Kuiru Castro, General Coordinator of the Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organisations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), Colombia

  • Elaine Shajian Shawit, President of the Regional Coordinating Committee of Indigenous Peoples of San Lorenzo (CORPI SL), Peru

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

Civil Society Engagement with Financial Institutions

December 3, 2023

Private Meeting at COP28

Hosted by WECAN

As part of our advocacy at COP28, WECAN will convene a high-level engagement bringing together representatives from global financial institutions and frontline and Indigenous leaders who will share how their communities and ecosystems are disastrously impacted by the financing of fossil fuel projects in their regions. Central to the engagement will be what actions must be taken to ensure adherence to human and Indigenous rights, due diligence, and accountability.

Formal UN Side Event: Women Implementing Climate Justice Solutions to Mitigate and Adapt to the Climate Crisis

Tuesday, December 5, 4:45 - 6:15 PM
SE Room 1, Blue Zone, COP28

Hosted by WECAN

Grassroots, Indigenous and frontline women, and representatives of global organizations, will present climate justice strategies and solutions, including forest and biodiversity protection, Indigenous rights, agro-ecology, renewable energy and a Just Transition, fossil fuel phase out and divestment, and protection of women land defenders.


Confirmed speakers to date: 

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

  • Lucy Mulenkei (Maasai), Executive Director, Indigenous Information Network, Kenya

  • Braulina Baniwa (Baniwa), Executive Director, National Articulation of Indigenous Women Ancestrality Warriors (ANMIGA), Brazil

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

  • Taily Terena (Terena Nation), Indigenous rights activist, WECAN Coordinator in Brazil, Brazil

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

With special appearances by Sonia Guajajara, Minister of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil, and Célia Xakriabá, Federal Deputy to the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil.

Press Conference – Rights of Nature: A Systemic Solution to the Climate Crisis

Wednesday, December 6, 5:30 - 6:00 PM 
Press Conference Room 2, Blue Zone, COP28

Hosted by WECAN and GARN

Rights of Nature articulates a new legal framework and economy based on living in balance with Earth’s natural systems. Presenters will share successes from the Rights of Nature movement, and how it can offer a systemic framework for defending biodiversity, communities, and our climate.

Confirmed speakers to date:

  • Nnimmo Bassey, Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Nigeria

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

  • Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) and Executive Committee, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, USA

Pavilion Event -- Calls to Action from Indigenous Women Leaders from the Brazilian Amazon

Friday, December 8, 5:00 - 6:30 PM 
Women & Gender Constituency (WGC) Pavilion, Blue Zone

Hosted by WECAN and Amazon Watch

During this special event, Indigenous women leaders from Brazil are bringing their global calls to action, centering women’s leadership, Indigenous rights and knowledge, climate justice, and biodiversity protection.

Speakers include Sônia Guajajara, Minister of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil, Célia Xakriabá, Federal Deputy to the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil, and others esteemed Indigenous women leaders from the Brazilian Amazon.

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Press Conference – Women Leading Fossil Fuel Phaseout and A Just Transition

Saturday, December 9, 20235:30 - 6:00PM 
Press Conference Room 2, Blue Zone, COP28

Hosted by WECAN

Women leaders will share vital reports and critical strategies to advance a fossil fuel phaseout and accelerate a Just Transition while supporting communities and ecosystems impacted by extractive industries and human and Indigenous rights violations.

Confirmed Speakers to Date:

  • Tzeporah Berman, Chair, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, Canada

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

  • 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), USA

Press Conference – Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions

Sunday, December 10, 20233:30 - 4:00 PM 
Press Conference Room 2, Blue Zone, COP28

Hosted by WECAN

​International women leaders will share the impacts of international climate policies, and discuss the urgency for transformative strategies and solutions to address the climate crisis and advance a just transition. ​

Confirmed Speakers to date:

  • Taily Terena (Terena Nation), Indigenous rights activist, WECAN Coordinator in Brazil, Brazil

  • Zukiswa White, Coordinator, Women and Gender Constituency, South Africa

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

  • Brianna Fruean, Youth Climate Activist and Environmental Advocate, Samoa

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

Virtual Event: Global Voices and Women-Led Calls to Action in Response to COP28

Monday, December 11,

7:00 PM Dubai Time / 10:00am EST / 7:00am PST

Virtual, register here for this event!
Hosted by WECAN

​Around the world, peoples’ movements are responding to the escalating climate crisis, rising to address the urgency and needs of people and the planet. Please join us for a wide ranging conversation from women on the ground at COP28 to report out on negotiations, share highlights, report releases, calls to action, and demands from women globally. 


Meet The WECAN COP28 Delegation



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. 



Xakriaba, Brazilian Amazon

Célia Xakriabá is a teacher and Indigenous activist of the Xakriabá people in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 2022 she became the first Indigenous woman to be elected federal deputy for Minas Gerais. She has a Master’s degree in sustainable development from the University of Brasilia, and is part of the Articulation Rosalino Gomes, present in the North of Minas Gerais, being one of the founders of the National Articulation of Indigenous Women Warriors of Ancestrality (ANMIGA).

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Otomi-Toltec from Central Mexico, based in USA

Xiye Bastida is a 21-year-old climate justice activist based in New York City. She is an organizer with Fridays For Future and the co-founder of Re-Earth Initiative, an international youth-led organization that focuses on highlighting the intersectionality of the climate crisis. Bastida was born in Mexico and was raised as part of the Otomi-Toltec Indigenous community. Bastida was the recipient of the 2018 UN Spirit Award and currently attends the University of Pennsylvania.



Baniwa, Brazilian Amazon

Braulina Baniwa is the Executive Director for the National Articulation of Indigenous Women Ancestrality Warriors (ANMIGA) in Brazil. She is an Indigenous rights activist and anthropologist, focusing on the need for Indigenous women to organize and defend their territories and rights.

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Terena, Brazil

Taily is a young Indigenous woman from the Terena nation of Brazil and a passionate advocate for the environment and Mother Earth. Since a young age, Taily has been an advocate for the rights of Indigenous women in Brazil. She belongs to the Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas (Continental Network of Indigenous Women of Americas) and is the President of the General Assembly of the ACT-Brasil. She is a WECAN Coordinator in Brazil.




Daniela Bobadilla is a Colombian Chemical+Biomedical Engineer and climate advocate who works as a campaign coordinator at the youth-led organization Re-Earth Initiative, with whom she’ll be presenting the short film “Home is Always Worth It” at COP28 in Dubai this year, which she co-produced. 




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. 



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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