This document seeks to provide an overview of the relationship between gender and realisation of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s objectives, in particular the objective on the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from access to and use of biological and genetic resources and traditional knowledge. This document is intended to assist those engaged in promoting gender equity and equality in CBD actions.
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.
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.