Policy Development & Implementation Guidance

With a wide range of government ministries and agencies as our members, GGO fully understands the complex environments of policymaking and implementation. Our support to partners focuses on proactive but practical applications of gender analysis and mainstreaming, helping policymakers identify the issues, the key entry points for integrating or enhancing a gender perspective, and important actions for implementation. In many countries, GGO has supported governments with resource mobilization strategies, as well, to implement critical ‘words on paper’, to change the lives of women and men on the ground in communities around the world.


Women in forest-dependent communities often play a vital role in the management of forests, yet they are frequently left out of decision-making processes. This can be problematic, as gender equity is essential for tackling more sustainable forest management, and for achieving the goals of REDD+, which aims to reduce emissions, deforestation, and forest degradation, as well as conserve, sustainably manage or enhance forests as a means of mitigating climate change. To learn more, read Forests & Gender.

Since September 2011, GGO has worked with IUCN’s Pro-Poor REDD+ Project to head the development of roadmaps for gender-sensitive REDD+ efforts in Ghana, Uganda, and Cameroon. Multi-stakeholder workshops facilitated training on gender and REDD+ and the proposal of actions to accomplish a goal of gender-sensitive REDD+ projects which would enhance the lives and livelihoods of women participants. By analyzing the gendered differences of forest use and benefits, as well as risks and opportunities for REDD+, this process led to national-level Gender and REDD+ roadmaps.

GGO is also collaborating with the REDD Desk on developing a knowledge platform highlighting work being done globally on gender equality for REDD+.

UN Rio Conventions

At the international level, GGO has been a strong technical advocacy presence in countless multilateral spheres, ensuring existing gender equality mandates, as well as emerging gender and environment concerns, are well integrated into policymaking and championed in implementation spheres alike. GGO has been influential in such processes as the United Nations Rio Conventions , United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as well as Rio+10 and Rio+20.

GGO teamed up with the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to develop a Gender Policy Framework (GPF) and suggestions for implementation. This GPF institutionalizes and mainstreams gender issues within the work of the Convention. The specific, multi-stakeholder targets developed in this Framework spread across four interrelated spheres: policy; organizational; constituency; and delivery. Read more about the gender mainstreaming targets of the UNCCD here.

The Gender Plan of Action for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) includes targets and proposes instruments to address gender concerns in all areas of the CBD. It is the main reference document for all stakeholders with regards to the mainstreaming of gender into their work on the conservation of biological diversity. Similarly to the UNCCD, the Gender Plan of Action for the CBD includes targets in the policy, organizational, constituency, and delivery. Read more about these targets here.

These separate, yet interrelated international treaties require enhanced cooperation and collaboration to give full expression to their provisions. IUCN has been identified by the Secretariats of the CBD, UNCCD, and UNFCCC, as well as the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as their preferred partner in efforts to harmonize gender mainstreaming across these Conventions. IUCN works closely with these Secretariats to develop a common vision and a shared roadmap to promote the advancement of gender equality. Read more about the shared gender mainstreaming goals of the Rio Conventions here.


The world is on the brink of a clean energy revolution—a revolution that is essential to mitigating the effects of climate change. Gender equality could be transformative for a clean energy future for many key reasons. The current gap in knowledge on the intersection of these sectors is an impediment to reaching development and economic goals, including mitigating climate change and enhancing the advancement of women.

GGO researched and analyzed the current situation of gender in large-scale renewable energy development, providing technical know-how to multiple institutions and donor agencies to enhance their work in this sector. The findings will be used to raise awareness and build capacity to implement gender-responsive clean energy and climate change mitigation initiatives. With a wide range of intended audience members, this evidence can assist policy makers and project implementers at the local, regional, national, and international levels.