The COP21 agreement in Paris confirms the nations’ commitments to lowering their carbon emissions and reducing the exponential increase in global temperatures. Its resounding approval does indicate the world's ambition to achieve these commitments to lower levels, and to work together in protecting the planet from the effects of climate change. This spirit of collaboration and cooperation signals the nations’ determination to fight the impacts of climate change.
After a year working intensively in one of our campaigns promoting inclusive Urban Climate Change Resilience (UCCR) in Indonesia, Mercy Corps Indonesia together with the Indonesian Municipalities Association (APEKSI), the Center for Regional Research and Information (PATTIRO), and the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (KPPPA) has succeeded in developing a national guideline for integrating gender with Climate Change Adaptation. This guideline provides information that enables government agencies to understand the importance and direction of integrating gender and to apply gender equality and social inclusion approach into Urban Climate Change Resilience programs.
Cheers echoed around the halls of the La Bourget conference centre in Paris as the gavel came down to signal that an agreement had been reached. The news rippled out amongst tired delegates, many of whom had only managed a few hours sleep over the last days of the negotiations. The sound of applause - unfamiliar at most UN climate talks - provided a backdrop to whooping and the tired tears. In the coming days there will be much written about the imperfections of the deal, of which there are many. However the significance of the achievement in Paris should not be underestimated.