Gender Mandates in Climate Policy

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In the last few years, the UNFCCC – the only one out of three Rio Conventions that lacked mandates on women’s rights and gender equality from the outset – has made major strides in integrating gender across all thematic areas in the negotiations. In 2014, the Lima Work Programme on Gender launched, and in 2015, the Paris Agreement integrated gender equality as a preambular principle for all climate action, as well as in relation to adaptation and capacity building. In 2017, the first Gender Action Plan was adopted, followed in 2019 by the adoption of the enhanced Lima Work Programme on Gender and its Gender Action Plan. Additional decisions have aimed to enhance gender equality via both policy and practice, encouraging gender balance indecision-making as well as responsiveness to gender issues in the development, implementation and monitoring of climate change policies and actions.

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Gender reference

12. Requests the Global Environment Facility to consider updating its policy on gender equality to include protection against discrimination;

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The Conference of the Parties, Recalling decision 11/CP.1, paragraph 1(c), and decision 13/CP.25,

Noting paragraph 9(b) of the Instrument for the Establishment of the Restructured Global Environment Facility,

1. Welcomes the reports of the Global Environment Facility to the Conference of the Parties at its twenty-sixth session and their addenda, including the responses of the Global Environment Facility to guidance received from the Conference of the Parties;

2. Also welcomes the work undertaken by the Global Environment Facility during its reporting period (1 July 2019 to 30 June 2021), including with regard to:

(a) Approval of the climate change projects and programmes approved during the reporting period under the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund, the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund;

(b) Integration of climate change priorities into its other focal areas and the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through such integration;

(c) Improvement in coordination with the Green Climate Fund; (d) Adoption of its private sector engagement strategy;3 (e) Adoption of the sustainable bond strategy for the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund;

3. Encourages the Global Environment Facility, as part of the eighth replenishment process, to duly consider ways to increase the financial resources allocated for climate action, including the climate change focal area and climate co-benefits, taking into account the reporting requirement referred to in paragraph 6 of decision 12/CMA.3, and to apply a coherent approach across its focal areas to prioritizing projects that generate environmental co-benefits;

4. Calls upon developed country Parties to make financial contributions to the Global Environment Facility to contribute to a robust eighth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility to support developing countries in implementing the Convention and encourages additional voluntary financial contributions to the eighth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility;

5. Takes note of ongoing discussions on the eighth replenishment process regarding its allocation policies under the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources and invites the Global Environment Facility to duly consider the needs and priorities of developing country Parties when allocating resources to developing country Parties;

6. Takes note of the ongoing work of the Global Environment Facility in monitoring the concentration and geographical and thematic coverage, as well as the effectiveness, efficiency and engagement, of the Global Environment Facility Partnership and encourages the Global Environment Facility to consider ways to enhance participation of additional national and regional entities from developing country Parties in the Partnership, including by allowing them to serve as executing agencies, as appropriate;

7. Requests the Global Environment Facility to consider ways to further enhance the role of national agencies and civil society organizations as executing agencies in order to enhance country ownership of projects and programmes funded by the Global Environment Facility and prevent implementing agencies from serving simultaneously as executing agencies;

8. Welcomes with appreciation the contributions made by developed country Parties to the Least Developed Countries Fund, amounting to USD 605.3 million, and encourages additional voluntary financial contributions to the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund to support adaptation and technology transfer;

9. Requests the Global Environment Facility, as an operating entity of the Financial Mechanism of the Convention entrusted with the operation of the Special Climate Change Fund, to continue to assist developing country Parties in accessing resources in an efficient manner;

10. Calls upon the Global Environment Facility to continue to improve the governance framework for its agencies and the standards to which the implementing partners are accountable;

11. Takes note that financial resources allocated for the non-grant instrument under the seventh replenishment of the Global Environment Facility increased to USD 136 million from USD 110 million under the sixth replenishment and encourages the Global Environment Facility, during its discussions on the instrument under the eighth replenishment, to continue to take into account needs and priorities of developing countries, as well as their different national circumstances;

12. Requests the Global Environment Facility to consider updating its policy on gender equality to include protection against discrimination; 13. Recognizes that the Global Environment Facility does not impose minimum thresholds and/or specific types or sources of co-financing or investment mobilized in its review of individual projects and programmes;

14. Encourages the Global Environment Facility to reinforce its efforts to engage with and mobilize resources from the private sector under its eighth replenishment;

15. Takes note of ongoing discussions within the Global Environment Facility concerning the Small Grants Programme under the eighth replenishment and invites the Global Environment Facility to consider increasing the funding ceiling per project to provide adequate financial and technical support to communities and civil society organizations;

16. Urges the Global Environment Facility to enhance its support for projects that engage with stakeholders at the local level, and to continue to provide funding for projects related to technology training and scale up South–South cooperation and triangular cooperation with the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network;

17. Welcomes the long-term vision on complementarity, coherence and collaboration between the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility6 and requests the Global Environment Facility Council to enhance coherence and complementarity with other climate finance delivery channels with a view to enhancing the impact and effectiveness of its work;

18. Also requests the Global Environment Facility, as part of the eighth replenishment process, to take note of the needs and priorities for climate finance, including those identified in the first report on the determination of the needs of developing country Parties related to implementing the Convention and the Paris Agreement,7 nationally determined contributions, national communications and national adaptation plans, as well as in other sources of available information, including the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows and other relevant reports;

19. Invites Parties to submit views and recommendations on elements of guidance for the Global Environment Facility via the submission portal no later than 10 weeks prior to the twenty-seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (November 2022);

20. Requests the Standing Committee on Finance to take into consideration the submissions referred to in paragraph 19 above when preparing its draft guidance for the Global Environment Facility for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its twenty-seventh session and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement at its fourth session (November 2022);

21. Also requests the Global Environment Facility to include in its annual report to the Conference of the Parties information on the steps it has taken to implement the guidance provided in this decision; 22. Takes note of decision 12/CMA.3 and decides to transmit to the Global Environment Facility the guidance from the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement contained in paragraphs 2–10 of that decision.

Gender reference

Recalling that adaptation action should follow a country-driven, gender-responsive, participatory and fully transparent approach, taking into consideration vulnerable groups, communities and ecosystems, and should be based on and guided by the best available science and, as appropriate, traditional knowledge, knowledge of indigenous peoples and local knowledge systems with a view to integrating adaptation into relevant socioeconomic and environmental policies and actions, where appropriate,

Acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity,

9. Decides that activities carried out under the work programme should build on the work of the Adaptation Committee related to the global goal on adaptation, draw on a variety of sources of information and inputs, including national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, take into account traditional knowledge, knowledge of indigenous peoples and local knowledge systems, and be gender-responsive;

Elaborated language

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of Parties to the Paris Agreement,

Recalling the Paris Agreement and the global goal on adaptation referred to in its Article 7, paragraph 1, Also recalling Articles 2 and 7 of the Paris Agreement,

Recognizing the importance of the global goal on adaptation for effective implementation of the Paris Agreement, Also recognizing that additional work is needed in relation to the global goal on adaptation,

Taking note of the methodological, empirical, conceptual and political challenges identified in the technical paper of the Adaptation Committee on approaches to reviewing the overall progress made in achieving the global goal on adaptation,

Recognizing that combining various approaches to reviewing overall progress made in achieving the global goal on adaptation, including qualitative and quantitative approaches, can generate a more holistic picture of adaptation progress and help to balance the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches,

Recalling that adaptation action should follow a country-driven, gender-responsive, participatory and fully transparent approach, taking into consideration vulnerable groups, communities and ecosystems, and should be based on and guided by the best available science and, as appropriate, traditional knowledge, knowledge of indigenous peoples and local knowledge systems with a view to integrating adaptation into relevant socioeconomic and environmental policies and actions, where appropriate,

Acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity,

1. Welcomes the work of the Adaptation Committee in considering approaches to reviewing the overall progress made in achieving the global goal on adaptation referred to in Article 7, paragraph 1, of the Paris Agreement,3 in particular the technical paper and webinar4 on the topic, and the engagement of Parties and non-Party stakeholders in the work;

2. Decides to establish and launch a comprehensive two-year Glasgow–Sharm el-Sheikh work programme on the global goal on adaptation;

3. Also decides that implementation of the work programme will start immediately after the third session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement;

4. Further decides that the work programme will be carried out jointly by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation;

5. Invites the subsidiary bodies to carry out the work programme with contributions from the current and incoming Presidencies of the Conference of the Parties, the Adaptation Committee, Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as appropriate, and other relevant constituted bodies and experts;

6. Requests the secretariat to support the implementation of the work programme;

7. Decides that the objectives of the work programme should be to, inter alia:

(a) Enable the full and sustained implementation of the Paris Agreement, towards achieving the global goal on adaptation, with a view to enhancing adaptation action and support;

(b) Enhance understanding of the global goal on adaptation, including of the methodologies, indicators, data and metrics, needs and support needed for assessing progress towards it;

(c) Contribute to reviewing the overall progress made in achieving the global goal on adaptation as part of the global stocktake referred to in Article 7, paragraph 14, and Article 14 of the Paris Agreement with a view to informing the first and subsequent global stocktakes;

(d) Enhance national planning and implementation of adaptation actions through the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans and through nationally determined contributions and adaptation communications;

(e) Enable Parties to better communicate their adaptation priorities, implementation and support needs, plans and actions, including through adaptation communications and nationally determined contributions;

(f) Facilitate the establishment of robust, nationally appropriate systems for monitoring and evaluating adaptation actions;

(g) Strengthen implementation of adaptation actions in vulnerable developing countries;

(h) Enhance understanding of how communication and reporting instruments established under the Convention and the Paris Agreement related to adaptation can complement each other in order to avoid duplication of efforts;

8. Agrees that implementation of the work programme should reflect the country-driven nature of adaptation and avoid creating any additional burden for developing country Parties;

9. Decides that activities carried out under the work programme should build on the work of the Adaptation Committee related to the global goal on adaptation, draw on a variety of sources of information and inputs, including national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, take into account traditional knowledge, knowledge of indigenous peoples and local knowledge systems, and be gender-responsive;

10. Invites the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to inform the work programme by presenting to the subsidiary bodies, at their fifty-sixth sessions (June 2022), the findings of the upcoming contribution of Working Group II to its Sixth Assessment Report, once published, that may be relevant to reviewing overall progress made in achieving the global goal on adaptation, and engage in the work programme by clarifying methodologies and other elements related to the global goal on adaptation;

11. Agrees that the work programme should be carried out in an inclusive manner with the involvement of Parties, on the basis of equitable geographical representation, as well as observers, relevant constituted bodies under the Convention and the Paris Agreement, organizations, experts and practitioners, as appropriate;

12. Decides that four workshops should be conducted per year, with the support of the secretariat and under the guidance of the Chairs of the subsidiary bodies, under the work programme, namely two virtual intersessional workshops and two workshops in conjunction with the sessions of the subsidiary bodies, starting at their fifty-sixth sessions;

13. Invites Parties to submit via the submission portal, 5 by 30 April 2022, views on how to achieve the objectives referred to in paragraph 7 above under the work programme;

14. Also invites the Chairs of the subsidiary bodies to select themes for the workshops referred to in paragraph 12 above on the basis of the submissions referred to in paragraph 13 above;

15. Requests the secretariat to prepare, under the guidance of the Chairs of the subsidiary bodies, a compilation and synthesis of those submissions for consideration at the workshops;

16. Also requests the secretariat to prepare, under the guidance of the Chairs of the subsidiary bodies, a single annual report on the workshops for consideration at the sessions of the subsidiary bodies coinciding with the sessions of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement;

17. Invites the subsidiary bodies to report annually to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, taking into account the report referred to in paragraph 16 above, on progress in implementing the work programme with a view to recommending a draft decision thereon for consideration and adoption by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement at its fifth session (November 2023);

18. Encourages Parties to make available sufficient resources for the successful and timely implementation of the work programme;

19. Takes note of the estimated budgetary implications of the activities to be undertaken by the secretariat referred to in paragraphs 6, 12, 15 and 16 above;

20. Requests that the actions of the secretariat called for in this decision be undertaken subject to the availability of financial resources.

Gender reference

Further recalling the eleventh preambular paragraph of the Paris Agreement, acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity,

 

5. Requests the Supervisory Body to:

(i) Consider the gender action plan and the incorporation of relevant actions into the work of the Supervisory Body;

 

Annex

Rules, modalities and procedures for the mechanism established by Article 6, paragraph 4, of the Paris Agreement

III. Supervisory Body

A. Rules of procedure

4. The Supervisory Body shall comprise 12 members from Parties to the Paris Agreement, ensuring broad and equitable geographical representation and striving to ensure gender-balanced representation, as follows:

(a) Two members from each of the five United Nations regional groups;

(b) One member from the least developed countries;

(c) One member from small island developing States.

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B. Governance and functions

(ix) The eleventh preambular paragraph of the Paris Agreement, acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity;

Elaborated language

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement,

Recalling the Paris Agreement,

Also recalling the tenth preambular paragraph of the Paris Agreement, in which Parties take into account the imperatives of a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs in accordance with nationally defined development priorities,

Further recalling the eleventh preambular paragraph of the Paris Agreement, acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity,

Recalling the mechanism established by Article 6, paragraph 4, of the Paris Agreement and the aims referred to therein,

Also recalling decisions 1/CP.21, 8/CMA.1, 13/CMA.1 and 9/CMA.2,

Cognizant of decision 2/CMP.16,

1. Adopts the rules, modalities and procedures for the mechanism established by Article1 6, paragraph 4, as contained in the annex;

2. Designates the body that will supervise the mechanism with its membership and rules of procedure as set out in the annex and names it the Supervisory Body;

3. Invites the nomination of members and alternate members for the Supervisory Body pursuant to paragraph 9 of the annex;

4. Decides that at least two meetings of the Supervisory Body shall be held in 2022;

5. Requests the Supervisory Body to:

(a) Develop provisions for the development and approval of methodologies, validation, registration, monitoring, verification and certification, issuance, renewal, first transfer from the mechanism registry, voluntary cancellation and other processes pursuant to chapters V.B–L and VIII of the annex (Delivering overall mitigation in global emissions);

(b) In the context of developing and approving new methodologies for the mechanism:

              (i) Review the baseline and monitoring methodologies in use for the clean development mechanism under Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol with a view to applying them with revisions, as appropriate,                         pursuant to chapter V.B of the annex (Methodologies) for the activities under the mechanism (hereinafter referred to as Article 6, paragraph 4, activities);

              (ii) Consider the baseline and monitoring methodologies used in other marketbased mechanisms as a complementary input to the development of baselines and monitoring methodologies pursuant to                     chapter V.B of the annex (Methodologies);

(c) Review the sustainable development tool in use for the clean development mechanism and other tools and safeguard systems in use in existing market-based 1 “Article” refers to an Article of the Paris Agreement, unless otherwise specified. FCCC/PA/CMA/2021/10/Add.1 26 mechanisms to promote sustainable development with a view to developing similar tools for the mechanism by the end of 2023;

(d) Review the accreditation standards and procedures of the clean development mechanism with a view to applying them with revisions, as appropriate, for the mechanism by the end of 2023;

(e) Expeditiously accredit operational entities as designated operational entities;

(f) Ensure the implementation of the requirements referred to in paragraph 29 of the annex in relation to the least developed countries and small island developing States;

(g) Consider ways to encourage participation by small and micro businesses in the mechanism, in particular in the least developed countries and small island developing States;

(h) Consider opportunities to engage with the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform and its Facilitative Working Group;

(i) Consider the gender action plan and the incorporation of relevant actions into the work of the Supervisory Body;

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Annex

Rules, modalities and procedures for the mechanism established by Article 6, paragraph 4, of the Paris Agreement 

III. Supervisory Body

3. The Supervisory Body shall supervise the mechanism under the authority and guidance of the CMA and be fully accountable to the CMA.

A. Rules of procedure

4. The Supervisory Body shall comprise 12 members from Parties to the Paris Agreement, ensuring broad and equitable geographical representation and striving to ensure gender-balanced representation, as follows:

(a) Two members from each of the five United Nations regional groups;

(b) One member from the least developed countries;

(c) One member from small island developing States.

5. The CMA shall elect members and an alternate for each member of the Supervisory Body on the basis of nominations by the respective groups and constituencies.

6. Members and alternate members shall serve in their individual expert capacity.

7. Members and alternate members shall possess relevant scientific, technical, socioeconomic or legal expertise.

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B. Governance and functions

24. The Supervisory Body shall, in accordance with relevant decisions of the CMA:

(a) Establish the requirements and processes necessary to operate the mechanism, relating to, inter alia:

(i) The accreditation of operational entities as designated operational entities;

(ii) The development and/or approval of methodologies (hereinafter referred to as mechanism methodologies) and standardized baselines for Article 6, paragraph 4, activities;

(iii) The registration of activities as Article 6, paragraph 4, activities, the renewal of crediting periods of registered Article 6, paragraph 4, activities and the issuance of A6.4ERs;

(iv) Ensuring that activitiesfollow reasonable maximum time intervals between the steps in the activity cycle;

(v) The registry for the mechanism;

(vi) The share of proceeds levied to assist developing country Parties that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change to meet the costs of adaptation as set out in chapter VII below (Levy of share of proceeds for adaptation and administrative expenses);

(vii) The delivery of overall mitigation in global emissions as set out in chapter VIII below (Delivering overall mitigation in global emissions);

(viii) The approval and supervision of host Party national arrangements for accreditation of operational entities; development of mechanism methodologies, including applying baselines and other methodological requirements as defined in chapter V.B below (Methodologies); and application of the crediting periods and renewal of crediting periods consistent with or more stringent than as set out in chapter V.A, C and I below;

(ix) The eleventh preambular paragraph of the Paris Agreement, acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity;

(x) The application of robust, social and environmental safeguards;

(xi) The development of tools and approaches for assessing and reporting information about how each activity is fostering sustainable development, while acknowledging that the consideration of sustainable development is a national prerogative;

(xii) Ensuring that the mechanism facilitates achievement of the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement;

(b) Accredit operational entities as designated operational entities;

(c) Support the implementation of the mechanism by, inter alia:

(i) Developing and maintaining a public website for information related to proposed and registered Article 6, paragraph 4, activities, subject to confidentiality;

(ii) Taking appropriate measures to promote the regional availability of designated operational entities in all regions;

(iii) Promoting public awareness of the mechanism; (iv) Facilitating dialogue with host Parties and other stakeholders in the mechanism;

(v) Providing public information to the CMA on all registered Article 6, paragraph 4, activities hosted by each Party and all A6.4ERs issued for those activities;

(vi) Implementing capacity-building activities;

(d) Report annually to the CMA

Gender reference

2. Takes note of the following recommendations on the different workshop reports under the Koronivia joint work on agriculture identified and agreed in conclusions of the subsidiary bodies, recognizing that related policies and their implementation are context-specific and take into account national circumstances:

(d) Also recognized the importance of the continued involvement of scientific and technical knowledge in transforming the agriculture sector, enabling conditions, the crucial role of farmers, youth, local communities and indigenous peoples, including gender considerations, and of meeting the needs of farmers and food systems;

Elaborated language

The Conference of the Parties,

Recalling Article 2 of the Convention,

Also recalling decision 2/CP.17, paragraphs 75–77,

Further recalling decision 4/CP.23,

Recognizing the fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities of food production systems to the adverse impacts of climate change,

Also recognizing that the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and other global challenges has exposed the limited resilience of global food systems to the adverse impacts of climate change and the limited progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring food security,

Acknowledging that the increasing frequency of extreme weather events has exposed millions of people, especially small-scale farmers, those from low-income households, indigenous peoples, women and youth in developing countries, to acute food and water insecurity and that, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, more than 800 million people face hunger every year, a figure set to increase as a consequence of climate change,

Highlighting that farmers, including smallholders and pastoralists, are stewards of the land and are inclined to apply sustainable land management approaches, and acknowledging that their vulnerability to climate change presents a challenge in fulfilling this important role and that policy responses in agriculture are more likely to succeed if they consider the role of farmers as key agents of change,

Also highlighting that each food production system has its own challenges and that solutions must be context-specific and take into account national circumstances, especially if they are to be scaled up,

1. Welcomes the progress of and outcomes achieved by the subsidiary bodies in jointly addressing issues related to agriculture and the Koronivia road map;

2. Takes note of the following recommendations on the different workshop reports under the Koronivia joint work on agriculture identified and agreed in conclusions of the subsidiary bodies, recognizing that related policies and their implementation are context-specific and take into account national circumstances:

(a) Recognized that information provided during the workshops and in the workshop reports and other information provides a mapping of activities and mandates of UNFCCC constituted bodies;

(b) Encouraged the continued involvement of constituted bodies and financing entities in the Koronivia joint work on agriculture, highlighting the potential for creating interlinkages that lead to enhanced action and improvements in implementation;

(c) Recognized that some modalities for implementation already exist and invited Parties to scale up implementation;

(d) Also recognized the importance of the continued involvement of scientific and technical knowledge in transforming the agriculture sector, enabling conditions, the crucial role of farmers, youth, local communities and indigenous peoples, including gender considerations, and of meeting the needs of farmers and food systems;

Gender reference

Acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity,

Also recalling decisions 1/CP.26 and 1/CMA.3, in which Parties were urged to swiftly begin implementing the Glasgow work programme on Action for Climate Empowerment, respecting, promoting and considering their respective obligations on human rights, as well as gender equality and empowerment of women,

3. Emphasize that the action plan should be implemented in an inclusive, intergenerational and gender-responsive manner;

Elaborated language

The Conference of the Parties and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement,

Recalling Articles 4 and 6 of the Convention and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement,

Acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity,

Recalling decisions 18/CP.26, 17/CMA.1 and 22/CMA.3,

Also recalling decisions 1/CP.26 and 1/CMA.3, in which Parties were urged to swiftly begin implementing the Glasgow work programme on Action for Climate Empowerment, respecting, promoting and considering their respective obligations on human rights, as well as gender equality and empowerment of women,

1. Adopt the four-year action plan under the Glasgow work programme on Action for Climate Empowerment, contained in the annex, which focuses on immediate action through short-term, clear and time-bound activities, guided by the priority areas of the Glasgow work programme (policy coherence; coordinated action; tools and support; and monitoring, evaluation and reporting), taking into account the six elements of Action for Climate Empowerment in a balanced manner;

2. Recognize that the six elements of Action of Climate Empowerment and the priority areas of the Glasgow work programme are interconnected in nature and are equally relevant and fundamental to the achievement of and progress in climate action;

3. Emphasize that the action plan should be implemented in an inclusive, intergenerational and gender-responsive manner;

Table 1

Priority area A: policy coherence

Activity

A.2 Strengthening integration of ACE into the development and implementation of national climate policies, plans, strategies and action

Responsible entity or entities

Secretariat

Timeline

Ongoing to COP 31 (2026)

Deliverables/Outputs

Identifying good practices for integrating the ACE elements into national climate change policies, plans, strategies and action, including the considerations reflected in the eleventh preambular paragraph of the Paris Agreement – which, acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, states that Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity – in the context of ACE, and reporting thereon in the annual summary report under the Glasgow work programme

Level of implementation

International

Gender reference

26. Encourages the Standing Committee on Finance to continue to enhance its efforts towards ensuring gender-responsiveness in implementing its workplan;

Elaborated language

The Conference of the Parties,

Recalling Articles 4 and 11 of the Convention,

Also recalling decisions 12/CP.2, 12/CP.3, 1/CP.16, paragraph 112, and 2/CP.17, paragraphs 120–121, 5/CP.18, 5/CP.19, 7/CP.19, 6/CP.20, 6/CP.21, 8/CP.22, 7/CP.23, 8/CP.23, 4/CP.24, 11/CP.25 and 5/CMA.2,

Taking note of decision 10/CMA.3,

1. Welcomes the 2020 and 2021 reports of the Standing Committee on Finance;

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III. Report of the Standing Committee on Finance

20. Expresses its appreciation to the Governments of Belgium, Japan and Norway and to the European Commission for their financial contributions to support the work of the Standing Committee on Finance;

21. Endorses the workplan of the Standing Committee on Finance for 2022 and underlines the importance of the Standing Committee on Finance focusing its work in 2022 in accordance with its current mandates;

22. Endorses the outline of the technical report of the fifth Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance Flows of the Standing Committee on Finance and underscores that this report will continue to contribute to assessing the achievement of the goal of mobilizing jointly USD 100 billion per year by 2020 in the context of meaningful mitigation action and transparency on implementation, in accordance with decision 1/CP.16;

23. Notes the high-level summary report of the first part of the 2021 Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance on finance for nature-based solutions carried out in a hybrid format on 15 and 16 October 2021 and requests the Standing Committee on Finance to organize the second part of the Forum in 2022, subject to health and safety considerations arising from the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic;

24. Notes that the Standing Committee on Finance was not able to produce draft guidance to the operating entities of the Financial Mechanism and that it has not agreed on recommendations from the fourth (2020) Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance Flows, and in this regard requests the Committee to improve its working modalities;

25. Notes with appreciation the efforts of the Standing Committee on Finance in enhancing engagement with stakeholders in the context of its workplan;

26. Encourages the Standing Committee on Finance to continue to enhance its efforts towards ensuring gender-responsiveness in implementing its workplan;

27. Requests the Standing Committee on Finance to report to the Conference of the Parties at its twenty-seventh session on its progress in implementing its 2022 workplan;

28. Also requests the Standing Committee on Finance to consider the guidance provided to it in other relevant decisions of the Conference of the Parties.

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