In this Open Democracy report from the United Nations COP21 climate negotiations in Paris – we hear from Ursula Rakova, campaigner and human rights advocate, who explains to delegates at COP21 that displaced islanders do not want to be known as victims, and expresses disagreements that that the Paris Agreement was “balanced”, primarily because displaced islanders cannot hope to return to their homelands. Neema Namadamu, Democratic Republic of Congo discusses reforestation in Africa, and Indigenous women leaders including Pennie Opal Plant, Kandi Mossett and Casey Camp Horinek discuss why the voices of frontline women must be heard. Photo credit: Open Democracy