B027 HD Report #13

House of Deputies Committee 20 on Environmental Stewardship and Care of Creation presents its Report #13 on HB Message #236 on Resolution B027 (Gender Inclusivity in Climate Change Action). The committee recommends:

Concur

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church call on our Office of Government Relations to support international and domestic efforts to encourage and advocate for gender inclusive approaches within climate change disaster response and management, recognizing that climate change profoundly and differently impacts people according to their gender; and be it further

Resolved, That this Convention urge congregations and dioceses of The Episcopal Church to act in their own contexts in recognition that women are at the front line of climate impact and need to be involved in decisions affecting their lives, and those of their families and communities in response to disasters and humanitarian emergencies; and be it further

Resolved, That institutions and providers in The Episcopal Church, such as Episcopal Relief and Development, whose ministries are associated with disasters, climate refugees, maternal health, poverty alleviation, and addressing inequalities be urged to continue to lift up and advocate for women’s leadership on climate justice, support gender inclusive approaches to climate resilience and make themselves available as resources to congregations and dioceses for this work; and be it further

Resolved, That the Episcopal Church 1) commit to the development, revision of previous materials, development and circulation of educational materials resources to be used in both diocesan and congregational formation and 2) develop policies that substantively move diocesan and congregational policies encourage faith communities and dioceses to recommit to allocating 0.7% of their operating budgets in support of to conform our corporate life to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Explanation

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a comprehensive roadmap for the sustainability of people and the planet. Empowering women and girls and advancing gender equality is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. With climate change as one of the most urgent and compelling issues of our time, and with women at the front line of impact, ensuring that approaches to address climate change are gender inclusive and that support women’s leadership is crucial. Everyone has a role to play in making gender equality a lived reality by 2030 and thus save lives, strengthen communities, reduce poverty and ensure a sustainable planet.

This resolution addresses the mission priority of Alleviating Poverty and Injustice established at the 76th General Convention, and the Sustainable Development Goals, which include a stand-alone gender goal together with gender integration across all the SDGs.

The Sustainable Development Goals

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals. Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.

The Global Goals are:
No poverty
Zero hunger
Good health and well-being
Quality education
Gender equality
Clean water and sanitation
Affordable and clean energy
Decent work and economic growth
Industry innovation and infrastructure
Reduced inequalities
Sustainable cities and communities
Responsible consumption and production
Climate action
Life below water
Life on land
Peace and justice strong institutions
Partnerships for the goals


Original text

Resolved, the House of ____ concurring, That the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church call on our Office of Government Relations to support international and domestic efforts to encourage and advocate for gender inclusive approaches within climate change disaster response and management, recognizing that climate change profoundly and differently impacts people according to their gender; and be it further

Resolved, That this convention urge congregations and dioceses of The Episcopal Church to act in their own contexts in recognition that women are at the front line of climate impact and need to be involved in decisions affecting their lives, and those of their families and communities in response to disasters and humanitarian emergencies; and be it further

Resolved, That institutions and providers in The Episcopal Church whose ministries are associated with disasters, climate refugees, maternal health, poverty alleviation, and addressing inequalities be urged to lift up and advocate for women’s leadership on climate justice, support gender inclusive approaches to climate resilience and make themselves available as resources to congregations and dioceses for this work; and be it further

Resolved, That the Episcopal Church 1) commit to the development and circulation of educational materials to be used in both diocesan and congregational formation and 2) develop policies that substantively move diocesan and congregational policies to conform our corporate life to the Sustainable Development Goals.