UNCCD

Since its inception the UNCCD has recognized the role of women in ensuring sustainable livelihoods and by encouraging the equal participation of women in capacity building. The UNCCD is the only Rio Convention which has gender and women’s’ empowerment included in the Convention text. The UNCCD Advocacy Policy Framework (APF) on gender, approved by the COP10 […]

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In the 20 years since their inception, the Rio Conventions have made important progress in advancing their work. Given that climate change, biodiversity and desertification are interconnected, the conventions explored possible cooperation in these areas. In response, the Joint Liaison Group among the secretariats of the CBD, the UNCCD and the UNFCCC was established in […]

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Global Gender Policy Series: Harmonizing gender in the three Rio conventions and the GEF.

Gender is an important recurring theme across the three Rio Conventions. It has been acknowledged as an appropriate entry point for efforts to achieve harmonization across the Conventions. The heads of the Rio Conventions and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have therefore decided to collaborate on efforts to harmonize gender mainstreaming across the three Conventions and the GEF. As the foremost Scientific and Technical Centre of Excellence on Gender and Environment, IUCN has been identified by the Secretariats of the three Conventions and the GEF as their preferred partner in efforts to harmonize gender mainstreaming across the Conventions during implementation.

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Global Gender Policy Series: A gender policy framework for UNCCD.

In light of the importance of the role of women in efforts to combat desertification, the IUCN Gender Office has teamed up with the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to develop a Gender Policy Framework. This publication presents a summary of the components of this Framework and suggestions for its implementation. 

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The UN Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNCCD) notes that to combat desertification effectively, both women and men should participate fully in the preparation and implementation of dryland development activities. This publication presents an easily read chronicle on what the authors consider major events that led to this landmark international agreement which legally obligates governments to promote the role of women in dryland management, including lessons learned which can be applied to other Multilateral Environmental Agreements. 

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Moving into the 6th Conference of the Parties for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNCCD), this document recommends strategies to further promote the role of women in the implementation of the UNCCD. It is recognized in the Convention that in spite of women’s fundamental role in dryland management, they are often omitted in development programs that directly affect them. This paper follows the agenda of the COP meeting (and others) and makes usggestions as to how the gender dimension could be elevated during the Conference. 

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IUCN and the UNCCD Secretariat conveyned a meeting to generate and discuss achievable policy recommendations with respect to the implementation of the UNCCD Gender Policy Framework and the roadmap to mainstream gender in the three Rio Conventions. This document reports on the meeting and presents the actionable results.

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