Posted by Maria Codina on April 29, 2019 at 11:08 am
As we mark Earth Day this week, EngenderHealth, FHI360, Guttmacher Institute, Ipas, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, Margaret Pyke Trust, PAI, Plan International UK, Population Council, PSI and Women Deliver, have come together to call on signatories to the Paris Climate Change Agreement to acknowledge the key role that the fulfilment of sexual and reproductive health and rights must play in national climate change strategies.
Climate change is already exacerbating existing inequalities, reducing people’s access to human rights, and rolling back progress. The most marginalised communities and those already living in vulnerable situations are the most affected, despite being the smallest contributors to the problem.
Climate change negotiators must recognise the impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable, and the positive benefits of gender-responsive and rights-based climate actions.
Please find here our call to action which aims to be a resource for national advocates to bridge the divide between sexual and reproductive health and rights, and climate change conversations.
We hope this will also serve as a reminder to climate change negotiators of national commitments and obligations under the Paris Agreement, and the benefits of integrating sexual and reproductive health and rights programming, in particular, into action aimed at increasing resilience and adaptation.
If your organisation is interested in signing onto this call please contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May 2019. We will then update this document with additional signatories, so that it can be used to initiate conversations with climate change planners and negotiators.