ARROW has been engaging with the COP since 2014, working on the interlinkages between SRHR and Climate Change. Our engagement at COP20 in 2014 was aligned with the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), one of the nine stakeholder groups of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).
ARROW together with PSDA partners (Population Action International, Ethio Wetlands and Natural Resources Association, Ethiopia, and PHE Ethiopia Consortium) organised a side event to discuss the role of integrating rights-based reproductive health services in climate adaptation. Nalini Singh of ARROW presented the critical interlinkages between climate change and SRHR, and how climate change will affect the advancement of universal access to SRHR.
COP20 failed to move substantially forward the ultimate goal of agreeing on a plan to avert climate catastrophe, although in the final hours it agreed to an outcome in order to keep work moving towards the next year. WGC issued a statement demanding urgent commitments on climate action, gender equality and women’s rights for the new UN climate agreement in Paris 2015.