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IUCN, Global Gender and Climate Alliance Launch Report on Gender and Climate Change

26 November 2012: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) launched a publication, titled “The Art of Implementation: Gender Strategies Transforming National and Regional Climate Change Decision Making,” on the sidelines of the Doha Climate Change Conference. The publication showcases actions by women addressing mitigation or adaptation in 11 developing countries or regions. 

The publication includes a synthesis of strategies and Climate Change and Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs) developed by the IUCN Global Gender Office on behalf of the GGCA in Mozambique, Jordan, Egypt, Tanzania, Nepal, Haiti, Panama, Costa Rica, Liberia, the Arab League of States and the Central American Region. The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), IUCN and the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) are some of the GGCA partners.

The launch event in Doha featured: Rachel Kyte, World Bank; UNDP Administrator Helen Clark; and high-level government representatives from Liberia, Nepal, Jordan and Finland. Lorena Aguilar, IUCN, emphasized the need to anchor global agreements within national contexts, through women's actions on climate change at the local and national levels.

According to IUCN, since 2008, there have been over 60 official gender references in text negotiated under the UNFCCC, with many specific references remaining in the final outcomes of 2010 and 2011 climate talks in Cancun and Durban respectively. The report underscores that implementation should now become a priority, including design of climate change policies and programming so as to address “gendered realities.” [IUCN Press Release] [Publication: The Art of Implementation: Gender Strategies Transforming National and Regional Climate Change Decision Making] [GGCA Website]