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Climate change, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are inextricably linked. SRHR must be considered as a key component of climate adaptation and resilience action and of climate justice.

Understanding the intersections between

climate justice and sexual and reproductive health & rights (SRHR)

Climate change has a serious impact on SRHR. The climate crisis is worsening maternal health outcomes, jeopardising progress on sexual rights and exacerbating inequalities. The realisation of SRHR is crucial for strengthening resilience and improving the adaptive capacity of marginalised people and communities who are already experiencing the disproportionate impacts of climate change.
The climate crisis is underpinned by grave injustices, with those who contributed the least to the climate crisis suffering first and worst from its consequences, and with limited access to the resources needed to adapt. This includes the ability to maintain good health and safeguard human rights. Within countries and communities, risks from climate change are greater for “[p]eople who are socially, economically, culturally, politically, institutionally or otherwise marginalized” (IPCC, 2014).

The SRHR and Climate Justice Coalition at COP28!

Some members of the SRHR and Climate Justice Coalition participated in COP28, contributing to discussions on rights-based climate action and sharing insights and research highlighting the interlinkages between SRHR and climate justice. The coalition co-hosted a side event that provides an excellent overview of these interlinkages as well as explores community-centered organizations’ specific challenges and solutions working in their contexts. 

Watch the video!

SRHR and Climate Justice Messaging Guide

The Coalition’s SRHR and Climate Justice Messaging Guide is a living document that supports better communication about the interlinkages between SRHR and climate crisis for anyone interested, including policymakers, advocates or folks from the media.

View the messaging guide!

Bonn Climate Change Conference (2023) Side Event!

The Coalition co-hosted the side event “Achieving Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Climate Justice” alongside ARROW, DFPA, and Queen Mary University of London on June 13th. This fast-paced event covered the intersections and potential for SRHR within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including within Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans, as well as discussed the new messaging guide.

The recording starts at 6:30 minutes into the video!

Resources for COP27 and ICFP in November 2022

The Coalition launched Integrating SRHR into the UNFCCC GAP in November 2022, at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP27), but this paper remains relevant for the next several years as the UNFCCC GAP continues to be implemented.

Download the paper in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic

Also shared at COP27, the Coalition’s Key Messages and Recommendations document highlights fundamental information about SRHR and climate justice. Read more below! This document complements the Key Messages and Recommendations for the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) also held in November 2022. 

Coalition Co-Hosted Side Event at COP27!

From CS66 to COP27: Ensuring Accountabiltiy for Gender-Transformative Climate Action

Building on the intergovernmental agreement at CSW66, this event explored sexual and reproductive health and rights as a critical element of inlusive, human rights-based, and gender-transformative climate action. Co-hosted by ARROW, IPPF, DFPA and the SRHR and Climate Justice Coalition. View the side event below!

Resources for CSW66 in March 2022

 The Coalition released a factsheet in preparation for CSW66 in March 2022.

You can download the full factsheet in English, French, and Spanish!

Resource for COP26 in November 2021

Read the full ISSUE BRIEF on Climate Justice and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights by the the Women and Gender Constituency and the SRHR & Climate Justice Coalition for COP26 in November 2021.

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