Finland Contributes to Rio Conventions’ Gender Mainstreaming Efforts

4 July 2011: Finland has announced that it will contribute EUR250,000 to the Special Voluntary Trust Fund of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to support implementation of the CBD Gender Plan of Action and activities to mainstream gender in the three Rio Conventions and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Finland's renewed financial support will enable the Joint Coordination Group on Gender, established by the Secretariats of the three Rio Conventions - the CBD, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) - to work towards the goal to lift, by 2020, gender as a cross-cutting priority and to ensure that it is integrated into thematic issues across the Rio Conventions and the GEF, to achieve the long-term objectives of the three Conventions. [CBD Communiqué]