Advocacy Policy Framework on Gender
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 (Decision 9), demonstrates the benefits of mainstreaming gender in Desertification/Land Degradation and Drought (DDLD)/ Sustainable Land Management (SLM) actions at national and local levels. The framework recognizes that gender mainstreaming has to take place at various levels involving multiple stakeholders. It is through the full participation of local people, especially women, that the efforts efforts to combat desertification can be most effective. In this regard, the 20 targets for gender mainstreaming of the APF on gender include actions and indicators for its operationalization until the end of the 10-Year Strategy (2018). The targets are divided in to four spheres: Policy, Organizational, Constituency and Delivery.