UNDP Workshop Develops Gender-Based Guidelines for Climate Financing

UN Development Programme 20 November 2008: The UN Development Programme and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN and the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America, held the Gender and Climate Change Finance Workshop, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 20-21 November 2008.

The event brought together climate experts, governments, UN agencies

and civil society organizations to develop a first set of gender-based

guidelines to ensure that climate change funds target women and men

equitably. Given the fact that women are the most vulnerable to climate

change risks due to their limited access to capital, markets, and

technology and decision-making, and that they have an important role to

play in mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the workshop

emphasized that women are emerging stakeholders in the upcoming climate


The workshop was organized on the recognition that the

UNFCCC is the only Rio Convention that does not adequately address

gender inequalities, and that this omission has been carried forward in

the existing climate change finance mechanisms such as the Clean

Development Mechanism and the Adaptation Fund.

Workshop participants

underlined that the empowerment of women in climate activities is key

in making climate change funds more effective at the local level. The

gender-based guidelines for climate financing developed at the workshop

will be forwarded to the climate change negotiations in Poznań, Poland,

in December 2008. [UNDP Press Release]