Snapshot of Achievements

Success Stories

For more than two decades, GGO Global Gender Office of IUCN has been sought out by major organizations, conventions, and governments seeking scientific and technical advice and guidance. Our work has had impact. In recent years, GGO has:

  • Developed more than 70 sector-specific gender tools. Expertise spans biodiversity, climate change, coastal and marine management, dry lands, energy, forestry (including REDD+), protected areas, sustainable resource use, water, among others. GGO’s training manual on gender and climate change, for example, is available in five languages and referenced on more than 14,000 websites.
  • Trained more than 15,000 people throughout the world. Governments, civil society, universities, and development organizations have all benefitted from capacity building through these trainings. Orientation sessions for government delegates from over 100 countries have become a driving force behind the integration of gender language in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes and Decisions and of a gender perspective in national policy and planning.
  • Guided the development of major institutional gender frameworks. IUCN partnered with the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), among others, to develop and operationalize their gender action plans and policies, and collaborated with numerous governments to develop national gender and climate change strategies and national gender and REDD+ roadmaps. In early 2013, IUCN completed the global gender review of the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds—the recommendations from which are now being implemented.
  • Spearheaded strategic collaborations to advance gender equality and implementation of gender mandates across all levels. IUCN co-founded the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), which convenes 100 UN agencies and civil society organizations from around the world toward a united vision of gender-responsive climate action, as well as the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment and countless theme-specific working groups in different regions. GGO is currently supporting or facilitating multiple national platforms on gender and climate change, propelling action at national and subnational levels.