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Vital Voices Global Partnership is proud to announce its participation in the Global Climate Convenings at  COP28 with a delegation of 15 Vital Voices network women who are experts in the climate space. The delegation will engage global thought leaders in discussions surrounding women’s inclusion in high-level plans for sustainable solutions to the climate crisis.

As the long-known consequences of climate change have moved from a threat to becoming a daily reality in communities worldwide ravaged by natural disasters and climate injustices, Vital Voices has partnered with The Rockefeller Foundation to bring together innovative women leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue around curbing environmental instability.

The Global Climate Convening project, comprising online engagement leading up to the in-person convening during COP28 in the United Arab Emirates, launched this effort to drive global action to advance gender equity in advocacy efforts and work around finding climate solutions.  You can view more in the video below.

Women are disproportionately affected by climate change, according to UN Women. Yet, women are vastly underrepresented in global decision-making about climate action. Vital Voices and The Rockefeller Foundation aim to change this status quo.

The human impact of the climate emergency cannot be ignored. The survival of (wo)mankind rests on equitable solutions to the climate emergency.

Vital Voices, supported by our partners at The Rockefeller Foundation and in collaboration with Daughters for Earth, will give our delegation of 15 remarkable women leaders a forum to collaborate with experts and highly influential leaders worldwide.

They will develop priorities, create individual advocacy plans, draw up an action plan for governments to better engage women in climate negotiations, and collaborate on an open letter calling for women’s inclusion in the climate sphere.

Ultimately, Vital Voices will use the lessons learned from this convening in future fellowship and training programs.

The Vital Voices delegation will be active participants in many impactful sessions at COP28, including a gathering of women climate ministers to work on a declaration with Patricia Espinosa former Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a private event for more than 40 women leaders from government, business, and civil society, hosted by Vital Voices and the UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators.

Below are additional COP28 events that we are proud to be partners of:

Accelerating Women-Led Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change
December 4, 8 A.M. – 10 A.M.
This private roundtable discussion will leverage insights from Foreign Policy’s Analytics’ latest research to explore the benefits of investing in women-led solutions to address climate and socio-economic challenges. This event aims to help advance the policies, financial strategies, land protections, and reforms required to enhance women’s contributions in driving significant environmental and socio-economic progress. Email to inquire.

The event is being held in partnership with Foreign Policy, Daughters for Earth, and Vital Voices.

Women Climate Solutionaries Panel 
ASU Global Futures Pavilion – COP28 Blue Zone – Pavilion number TA1-145 GF (50SQM)
December 5, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A Blue Zone event in partnership with ASU School of Sustainability & Innovation featuring three We Empower Finalists moderated by Ambassador Amanda Ellis, Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Networks, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory.

Foreign Policy Forum @ COP28
December 6, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Against the backdrop of COP, where the stakes for collaborative action on climate come to the fore, this will be a thoughtful discussion on decarbonization, carbon removal, and climate resilience efforts across sectors. While the world converges on solutions for a warming planet, this forum underlines the powerful effect of collaborative efforts across various levels of governance and society. Learn more here.

This event is being held in partnership with Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management, Daughters for Earth, Foreign Policy, Global Carbon Removal Partnership, USAID, and Vital Voices Global Partnership. This public event will take place in the Future Mobility Hub.