The Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA) programme is a lobby and advocacy programme implemented by a global alliance including SouthSouthNorth (SSN) the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Netherlands, Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Fundación Avina and Hivos, under the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ five-year strategic partnership: “Power of Voices”.
Our alliance brings together global and local voices by connecting diverse civil society organizations representing women, youth, indigenous people, urban poor, digital activists, and more.
The programme aims to ensure that by 2025, local civil society and underrepresented groups will have taken on central roles as creators, facilitators and advocates of innovative and inclusive climate solutions. Their inclusion is crucial for effective and lasting climate responses. The climate crisis is also a societal challenge with ethical and human rights aspects occurring alongside several inequalities based on gender, socioeconomic class, race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, and age.
The programme’s overall approach is to work with civil society to build widespread societal support for locally shaped climate solutions through an inclusive and rights-based approach. It includes building a broad-based climate alliance at the country level, bridging divides (urban-rural, gender, youth) that amplifies voices in new and unusual ways. In addition, it will influence national and global policies and financial flows (e.g. climate finance, private sector investments) in support of these locally shaped solutions.
The countries we work in have been strategically chosen based on economic importance and challenges faced in climate vulnerabilities and limited civic space. At the same time, many interesting local initiatives and movements are emerging in these countries, providing opportunities to show how we can transition to a just, fair and sustainable world.
Participating regions and countries include:
VCA is set to amplify locally shaped climate action and play a pivotal role in the global climate debate. For more information about the program, our agenda and how to collaborate with us, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org