It is 8.25 p.m. New York time – still waiting for agreed conclusion from CSW 58

Since I wrote the caption it has been announced that the meeting will not start until 10.00 p.m.  Rosa G. Lizarde uploaded some pictures and send an update at 7.30 p.m.  At that stage the paragraphs relating to climate had been agreed.

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Some news is not so good for some key areas where women have already gained ground starting as back as 20 years ago! Other good news did filter in —- the news on the inclusion of climate change language comes like a cool polar vortex into the steamy corridor. The language adopted includes how the Commission “is deeply concerned that 
the adverse impacts of climate change on women and girls, especially those living in poverty can be exacerbated by gender inequality and discrimination.”  After 24 women’s tribunals on gender and climate justice, we know that the “can be” in the sentence above should be a definitive “ARE” exacerbate by gender inequality and discrimination.  Also, the CSW adopted language stating that “women and girls are disproportionately affected by the impacts of desertification, deforestation and natural disasters, persistent drought, extreme events, sea-level rise, coastal erosion and ocean acidification,…” see below
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We’ve been informed that the CSW will meet again in plenary in less than one hour to adopt the full Agreed Conclusions of the CSW 58. The Facilitator is currently drafting a Facilitator’s Text for the the final sticky paragraphs which include important issues we care about including but not limited to Comprehensive Sexual Education, child and early forced marriage, diversity and issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, and language of Post 2015 which some friendly governments who support a gender equality stand alone goal are being careful of having this language in fact limit in some way post 2015 language down the line in the Post 2015 process.

Climate Change language:  The Commission is deeply concerned that climate change poses a challenge to the achievement of sustainable development and that women and girls are disproportionately affected by the impacts of desertification, deforestation and natural disasters, persistent drought, extreme weather events, sea-level rise, coastal erosion and ocean acidification, and is deeply concerned that  the adverse impacts of climate change  on women and girls, especially those living in poverty can be exacerbated by gender inequality and discrimination, and expresses profound alarm that the emissions of green house gas emissions continue to rise globally, remains deeply concerned that all countries, particularly developing countries, are vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change and are already experiencing increased impacts, including persistent drought and extreme weather events, sea-level rise, coastal erosion and ocean acidification further threatening food security and efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development and in this regard emphasizes that adaptation to climate change represents an immediate and urgent global priority. AD REF.
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Promote the integration of a gender perspective in environmental and climate change policies and strengthen mechanisms and provide adequate resources to ensure women’s full and equal participation in decision-making at all levels on environmental issues, in particular on strategies and policies related to the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather events and slow onset impacts, including drought, ocean acidification, sea level rise, and loss of biodiversity on the lives of women and girls; and ensure a comprehensive approach to address the hardships faced by women and girls by integrating their specific needs into humanitarian response to natural disasters and into the planning, delivery and monitoring of disaster risk reduction policies to address natural disasters and climate change, and ensuring sustainable natural resources management.  AD REF  AD REF means language has been finalized. 
Based on agreed language in UNGA 68/212, Rio+20 66/288, CSW Agreed Conclusions 57, CSW Resolution 55/1
(Thanks Rosa for the update)

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