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Mainstreaming Gender Within the NDC Process


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Verania Chao, Policy Specialist, Environment and Climate Change, Gender Team, United Nations Development Programme. Presented at the WRI seminar Implementing Equality: Delivering Gender-Equitable Climate Commitments. Learn more:

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Mainstreaming Gender Within the NDC Process

  1. 1. Mainstreaming Gender within the NDC process Verania Chao Programme Specialist, Climate Change and Gender Equality and Inclusion UNDP
  2. 2. Relevance of NDCs to Gender-Responsive Climate Action • The NDC process allows countries to align their gender-responsive climate actions more comprehensively - • In a study done in 2016, UNDP found that only 40% of countries made at least one reference to gender equality or women in their INDCs. 35 countries referred to women’s role in adaptation, only 18 countries recognized the role of women in mitigation. • UNDP through the NDC Support Programme is collaborating with governments so that gender equality and climate efforts are factored in as a combination into the governance, planning and policy elements of the NDC planning and implementation process
  3. 3. Country Examples: Challenges and Opportunities
  4. 4. Country Examples: Gender Analysis •Helps to better understand gender differentiated impacts of climate change within key climate related sectors, to inform policy •Supports engagement of relevant stakeholders to take into account different needs and opportunities to improve interventions •Lack of sex-disaggregated data in relevant climate sectors
  5. 5. Opportunities • Ministries of Gender and Ministries of Environment/ Climate Change are coordinating efforts • Countries have Gender Focal Points in key line ministries • Need to build their capacities on climate change and gender related issues • Ensure better coordination of climate change and gender institutions through formal coordination mechanisms Challenges • Lack of involvement of gender focal points in key line ministries in the policy and programmatic processes Country Examples: Governance
  6. 6. Country Examples: Planning Opportunities • Integrating gender within national and sectoral plans • Ex. NDC Implementation Plans, Climate Change Gender Action Plans • Aligning NDCs to national development plans • To better identify co-benefits and ensure a more integrated approach to respond to climate change impacts as well as pressing development challenges Challenges • Lack of gender responsive budget formulation in climate change actions
  7. 7. Country Example: Policy Opportunities • Increase capacity building for gender mainstreaming in climate change policy instruments at the national and local levels Challenges • Gender considerations within policies and plans not integrated from the beginning
  8. 8. Thank You NDC Support Programme website: