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Equidad de Género, Gender Equity

Emilia Reyes, from Equidad de Género, Gender Equity, a
Thank you co-chair, my name is Emilia Reyes, from Equidad de
Género, Gender Equity, a Mexican NGO part of the Women’s
Major Group. The fundamental point of entry for us is changing
the way in which power is orienting the current energetic policies.
Energy should not be a means to increase concentration
of wealth.
This is why is really important to highlight the human rights
framework and instruments to hold accountable private
sector in the energetic sector in their social and
environmental impacts and externalities. (Some countries
addressing nuclear energy as a “clean” option, but it has
concerning social and environmental implications).
Good practices to strengthen states are at hand, via fiscal polices
and the use of public budgets for descentralized production,
management and delivery of energy (ie. gender budgets).
Some of the WMG organisations are concerned by global
initiatives such as SEFA, because we need a paradigm shift of
means and ways of production and consumption with
sustainability criteria. In the equality agenda, we don’t want
women cooking in clean stoves for ages to come, but a
redistribution of work and co-responsibility in production, access,
management and use of energy between states, private sector,
communities, families, women and men. In an energetic transition
women need to take part in the highest (and sustainable)
investments and benefits.
But in the environmental agenda, things are really worrying. I am
just coming from Warsaw, a climate change conference with
dissapointing results, to the point in which civil society abandoned
as a whole the venue in a gesture of protest, in response to the
lack of commitments and will on behalf of governments. We are
facing urgent problems and the answers need to be at the level
they require. The Post 2015/SDG process has to promote the
highest ambition for addressing climate change
adaptation and mitigation measures, including the finance
agenda. The energy agenda is crucial, and we expect substantive