Development cooperation ,22.05.2014

Gender Responsive Climate Change Initiatives and Decision-making


The effects of climate change are felt strongest by the poorest and the most vulnerable, of whom a majority is women. In 2007, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) partnered to launch the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) with the objective to address the critical intersection of climate change and gender equality. The GGCA brings together the key UN and other multilateral actors in the field of international environmental and development policy to address the question of gender and climate change. Its main goal is a more widespread recognition of a gender perspective in decision making and policy planning related to climate change. Finland has a high profile in integrating a gender perspective to climate policy. The project cooperation with the GGCA started in 2008; now starts the fourth and last phase of the project. The goal has been to ensure that climate change policies, programmes and initiatives at all levels are gender-responsive and improve the lives and livelihoods of women and men. Addressing the emerging challenges relating to the incorporation of gender perspectives into global climate change policies and strategies, the programme has played a catalytic role in shifting the paradigm on gender and climate change issues and ensuring the gender-responsiveness of climate change policies at different levels. Based on achievements and the Evaluation’s recommendations, partners will continue to focus on promoting that the next global climate agreement integrates gender equality dimensions in the relevant bodies, mechanisms and national processes. The programme will also engage with the UNFCCC Secretariat (e.g. through capacity building). The programme has been able to improve understanding on implications related to gender (from vulnerability to participation). This prepared the ground for the gender decision taken in the climate conference held in Doha in 2012. Furthermore, e.g. the Green Climate Fund and some work programmes under the UNFCCC now take gender into consideration in their work as appropriate. The project will last two years (July 2014 - June 2016) and the support will be 2,6 million euros, at the level of previous phase. Executive agency will be UNDP and implementing agencies UNDP, IUCN and WEDO.

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Funding decision  22.05.2014

2 600 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Aid to environment
  • Climate change - mitigation
  • Climate change - adaptation
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Environmental policy and administrative management 100%

Special target group

  • women

Funding channel

  • YK:n kehitysohjelma
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Women´s Environment and Development WEDO



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