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Advancing substantive gender equality and inclusion in climate change discourse and agreement

The National Gender and Equality Commission has joined the Government of Kenya Delegation led by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and supported by other government agencies and departments and non-state actors in the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) and the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) in Bab Ighli, Marrakech.

The conference commenced on 7th November and will close 18 November 2016. On 5 October 2016,. The conference has coincided with the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1), all happening at the same place in Morocco.  

On 5 October 2016, the threshold for entry into force of the Paris Agreement was achieved. The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016. Although Kenya has not ratified the Paris Agreement, the country has made major strides towards compliance with the requirements of the agreement. The Government of Kenya delegation has planned several side events and will speak in numerous preplanned meetings.  The delegation will show case many steps taken to prepare the country plan implement and finance climate change programs. The commission has also prepared with various players including the African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change (AWGGCC), and Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) multiple meetings to advance agenda on substantive gender equality and inclusion in the COP 22, CMP12 and CMA1. 

The NGEC delegation is led by the chairperson Winfred Lichuma. Other members are Commissioner Dr Florence Wachira, the commission secretary Paul Kuria and program officer in gender and women department Stephanie Mutindi. 

NGEC is also participating in this conference as the secretariat of the AWGGCC and brings in the conference many decisions and conclusions made in the past one year during meetings facilitated by the commission with women and youth across Africa on climate change.
If you have any issue on gender equality and inclusion you would like the commission to field with state parties during this conference please reach out to us through info@ngeckenya.org, @NGECKenya.

For more information http://unfccc.int/meetings/marrakech_nov_2016/meeting/9567.php

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