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The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is off to Cancun, Mexico to bring a clear message to the COP 16: trees and forests have a significant role to play in reducing the impact of climate change when governance, community livelihoods and rights, as well as biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, are kept central in any decision making.

From November 29th to December 10th, the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Cancun, Mexico.

The COP is the highest body of the UNFCCC and comprises of environment ministers from 192 countries who have met once a year since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.


Photo credit: UN Climate Change

This summit provides a unique opportunity for GBM to share with the world our grassroots experiences dealing with the effects of climate change.

To showcase this, GBM will be hosting a side event called “Women’s Leadership on Climate Change Justice and the Grassroots Perspective” in conjunction with the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, Nobel Women’s Initiative, and Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative and Climate Wise Women.

At this event prominent women leaders, including former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, will discuss strategies for women’s participation in high-level decision making for climate change alongside GBM staff who support grassroots groups on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), to strengthen the international network working towards climate justice.

Watch an interview with Mary Robinson from A Burning Question, as she attempts to minimize the confusion surrounding climate change:

"Women are, by necessity, the first-responders on the frontlines of climate change and are a powerful source of hope in developing effective mitigation and adaptation strategies. They must have a meaningful seat at any table where climate and development policy-making occur. As illustrated by the success of their many environmental initiatives worldwide, women continue to demonstrate their ability to create positive change even under the most challenging circumstances."
Wangari Maathai, Founder of GBMI and Noble Peace Prize Laureate

Stay tuned to Greenheroes.tv for more on the upcoming Cancun climate conference!

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