TWA’s Representative advocates climate justice for Tibet at UN Climate conference, 2012

  • TWA delegates representing ‘Tibet Third Pole’ for COP-18, Doha-Qatar.   


TWA’s Environment & Development officer, Tenzin Choedon  with Tenzin Norbu from CTA at COP-18 in Doha,Qatar.

Doha, 3rd December 2012: Two representatives from Dharamsala; Tenzin Choedon, the head of the Women’s Environment and Development Desk of Tibetan Women’s Association and Tenzin Norbu, the head of Environment Desk of DIIR are in Doha for a week-long campaign and participation at the United Nations 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) meeting, an undertaking of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Tibetan delegates joined along with an estimate of 17,000 delegates, 7000 NGOs and more than 1500 journalists across the world to advocate for the equitable, sustainable and durable solution to world’s growing climate change crisis and significantly to voice Climate Justice in Tibet at this important meeting.

The main campaign of this year is focused on Tibet being Asia’s water tower; networking with the downstream nations to work with them as a team to put pressure on the Chinese government to sign UN water sharing agreement and to become member of the Mekong River commission.

The campaign also includes lobbing with the delegates from other nation on Nomad Displacement and Climate Change in Tibet at large.

According to the COP18 report, there are about 7,000 civil society observers at COP18/CMP Doha, to share their views and play a part in the Conference, including an unprecedented number from Arab groups, after organizers reached out to make the Conference as inclusive as possible.


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Press contact:

Tenzin Choedon (Women’s Environment and Development Desk Officer, TWA)

Tenzin Norbu (Head of the Environment and Development Desk, DIIR, CTA)

Doha, Qatar +97455456152

Email- TWA WEDD     

Tibetan Women’s representatives in 2011 United Climate Change Conference

Two representatives from Tibetan Women’s Association, Tenzin Dolma (Joint-Secretary) and Tenzin Woebum (WED Desk), will join the Tibet 3rd Pole Group along with other Tibetan environment activists to participate in the 17th Conference of Parties (*COP 17) at Durban from 28th November – 9th December 2011. Our representatives aim to build alliances that will help bind the key issues of Climate Change and Human Rights.

In most parts of the world women are one of the most impacted groups on Earth by the climate crisis. Gender and Climate Change is thus a strong interest for TWA as a women’s NGO. We wish to network and collaborate with other women’s climate change groups in order to leverage the appeals of women affected by climate crisis, in addition to highlighting the challenges faced by women living inside Tibet.

Tibet 3rd Pole group will engage in campaigning activities and alliance-building beforehand. This will not only maximize the effectiveness and legitimacy of the campaign, but will build campaign capacity in the field of environmental justice for the Tibetan people, both inside and outside Tibet. Our involvement will also enhance alliance-building with NGOs from around the world, and further our longer-term goal of a sustained alliance of Tibetan and western NGOs working on core environmental issues on behalf of Tibet.

Our team will work with NGOs and representatives of affected peoples from mountainous, polar and grassland eco-regions similar to Tibet’s subsistence herding, farming and access to / control over water resources. TWA will also focus on NGOs that bring together women, environmental justice and environmental self-determination, highlighting issues of women and climate rights and climate refugees.

TWA’s President Kirti Dolkar Lhamo and Research & Media Officer Tenzin Dhardon Sharling participated in December 2009’s COP15 summit in Copenhagen. TWA’s representatives worked as a Tibet 3rd Pole group which is the Campaign Working Group under the ITN along with Environment & Development Desk (EDD) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and Environment Desk of Dharamsala. The campaign centred on the plight of Tibet’s nomads, who are being dispossessed of Tibet’s grasslands, and called for urgent action to return stewardship of the fragile plateau under the grave threat from Climate change to those who have lived in a sustainable way and in harmony with the natural environment for generations. COP15 was a landmark for the group in taking Tibet’s environmental issues at such level. The team reached a significant number of delegates and negotiators, conducted numerous media interviews and held several well-attended public events. This conference has brought a lot of international and Tibetan media attention which was aired in Tibet as well.

With the milestone created by the Tibet 3rd Pole group at COP15 in Copenhagen, we hope to take this campaign further at the upcoming 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) at Durban.

*Since the UNFCCC entered into force, the parties have been meeting annually in Conferences of the Parties (COP) to assess progress in dealing with climate change, and beginning in the mid-1990s, to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol to establish legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. From 2005 the Conferences have met in conjunction with Meetings of Parties of the Kyoto Protocol (MOP), and parties to the Convention that are not parties to the Protocol can participate in Protocol-related meetings as observers.