Leaders and stakeholders from various domains will meet this week at the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO) Summit to address the pressing and interconnected issues of climate change, biodiversity, and Indigenous rights.
Aya Chebbi: Tackling the climate emergency through a feminist lens
Aya Chebbi, Chair of Nala Feminist Collective, rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and a political blogger during Tunisia’s Revolution in 2010/2011. She served as the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet (2018 – 2021). She served on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS, World Refugee Council, Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Robert Bosch Stiftung Advisory, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, among others. She received the Gates Campaign Award and was named in Forbes Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women.
In this video for the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions, Aya explains why effectively tackling the climate emergency demands greater representation, leadership and participation of women and young people in formal climate decision making processes. As we embark on the 27th COP, she reminds delegates, only those who make “just, equitable, feminist and immediate decisions are remembered.”
Young people and future generations are environmental stewards of the future. The Climate Champions Team, in support of the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions, are committed to strengthening youth agency in climate action.
The 67th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67), the UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, will take place this year from 6 – 17 March under the theme, “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.
The demands of the most impacted — particularly African, Indigenous, youth, and women voices — must be centered throughout these next two weeks at COP27 and beyond, writes Carissa Patrone Maikuri, Program Coordinator, Drawdown Lift, Project Drawdown