Following the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in New York, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has produced a Technical Paper to serve as a set of guidelines for the integration of gender considerations into climate change related activities. It is designed to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to formulating and implementing gender-responsive policies, projects and programmes for climate change interventions and activities.
The paper informs in detail five steps for effective gender mainstreaming including:
- Gender analysis, project/policy/programme design;
- Gender-responsive budgeting, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
The tools and guidelines in the paper also provide examples of entry points such as National Communications, National adaptation plans and The Green Climate Fund which can serve as effective means of integrating gender considerations, in addition to the methods of assessing the environmental, social and economic benefits of ensuring gender balance in climate change activities.