multilateral environment agreements

This document contains a description of the gender-specific challenges involved in implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity and the experience gained by German cooperation in this area. This document considers key issues regarding biodiversity from a gender perspective, the inter-dependency between gender and biodiversity in CBD work programs, changes in rules governing access to genetic resources, other legally binding international agreements on gender and biological diversity, and recommendations for how a gender perspective needs to be incorporated into the CBD.

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The Women in Development Technical Assistance Project (WIDTECH) was a five-year program initiated in 1996 to support gender integration in development policies and programs. This document contains excerpts from a study conducted by WIDTECH for the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador. It provides a gender analysis for the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention to Combat Desertification, the Rotterdam Convention on Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides, and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. 

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This Gender Plan of Action for the Convention on Biological Diversity was elaborated at a workshop organized by the Secretariat of the CBD and the Senior Gender Advisor of IUCN. It is a reflection of the increasing awareness that gender equality and women’s empowerment are important prerequisites for environmental conservation and sustainable development. 

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This paper explains the progress made toward the Gender Action Plan which became part of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2008. This GAP recognizes that gender equality and women’s empowerment are important prerequisites for environmental conservation and sustainable development. With respect to developing gender indicators, the IUCN has proposed the Environment-Gender Index. This report highlights progress in the policy, organizational, delivery, and constituency spheres. 

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These are the recommendations for action proposed by the Women’s Caucus of the Third World Water Forum in 2003. Recommendations include recognizing water as a human right, water and sanitation institutions implementing a gender equity policy, ensuring women’s access to land and water, and others. The final report from the Forum is also available in this resource library, and can be found at http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/forum/kyoto-2003/. 

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This paper explores the legal framework in relation to gender and multilateral environment agreements, such as the Millennium Development Goals, Convention to Combat Desertification, Convention on Biological Diversity, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It also considers the status of gender mainstreaming in human rights conventions such as the UN Human Rights Council.  

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This one-page document provides recommendations from the Global Biodiversity Forum as to how to best promote gender equality at COP6 of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought and in the implementation of the UNCCD. It considers recommendations for the secretariat, Global Mechanism, Committee on Science and technology, Committee for Review of Implementation of the Convention, and Committee of the Whole. 

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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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