WEDO implements the ‘Global Gender Responsive Climate Change Programme’ in partnership with IUCN and UNDP, as part of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA). The main goal is to ensure a gender-responsive climate agreement. WEDO’s role in the partnership is to develop and follow-through an advocacy strategy at the UNFCCC to achieve the goal, together with GGCA members and allies; to lead and facilitate the Women Delegates Fund, which supports women from the global south to participate on their national delegations; to administer the Secretariat of the GGCA and the alliance activities (the GGCA is not an established organization itself). Project partners IUCN and UNDP support the advocacy, as well as focus specifically on national-level work. All partners have a role working in climate finance. The Secretariat of the GGCA guides communications and facilitates several working groups, including for practitioners, advocacy and finance.

The GGCA is an alliance of organizations founded in 2007 by WEDO, IUCN, UNEP and UNDP to create a powerful partnership of groups in order to open up the space for talking about gender in relation to climate change in the context of the UNFCCC. It is not an organization itself. Under the GGCA, the founders have worked very practically, and with much success, to ensure gender mainstreaming in climate policy and national and international levels. The GGCA is currently a unique mixed space of practitioner gender experts, UN agencies, CSOs and academics, which has grown to 90+ members.


Advocacy: to integrate gender equality issues and perspectives into the new climate agreement as well as across climate change decision-making, policies and planning,

  • Capacity of women and men negotiators, as well as key government and civil society stakeholders, is strengthened to integrate gender equality into current and new international climate decisions and agreements
  • Climate finance mechanisms are gender responsive

Women Delegates Fund (WDF): to promote and strengthen women’s leadership as decision-makers

  • Women’s leadership is sustained and bolstered and enhances translation of international gender and climate change policy to national level policies, programmes and initiatives

GGCA Governance: to support a transparent, democratic and effective Alliance


Gender equality is being called for as a cross-cutting element of the climate agreement

As of mid-2015, the UNFCCC has over 50 mandates on gender across multiple decisions and programmes. These include three decisions specifically related to enhancing gender balance and gender equality under the Convention, including the 2014 Lima Work Programme on Gender (LWPG).

Launch and implementation of the Lima Gender Work Programme, including successful in-session workshop at SBI 42

Strengthened Women and Gender Constituency as a space for women’s rights and gender-responsive policy advocacy, in role as co-Focal Point

Over 50 women have traveled on over 200 trips to attend UN climate negotiations, contributing to increased participation and leadership by women at the UNFCCC and in climate policy and decision-making


  • IUCN
  • UNDP
  • UNEP
  • GGCA
  • GGCA Member Organizations

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