Gender policy and action

Gender policy and action

Document proposing a gender policy and gender action plan for the Green Climate Fund, 2015-2017.

This outcome document came out of a meeting of the board of the Green Climate Fund. It opens with an introduction, tracing the route by which the gender policy and action plan was requested, and linking it with other official documentation. The preparation of the report included a review of comments made in previous discussion documents, a review of gender policies, gender action plans, and portfolio reviews from several climate change funds and other institutions, and consultations in four sessions with representatives from civil society, climate change funding organisations, and public and private sector practitioners.

The overall objective of the Fund’s gender policy is to ensure that by adopting a gender-sensitive approach, the Fund will efficiently contribute to gender equality and achieve greater and more sustainable climate change results, outcomes and impacts. The document recommends that the board take note of the information presented in the document, and adopt the draft decision presented in Annex I, which itself recommends adopting the gender policy outlined in Annex II, and the gender action plan contained in Annex III, as well as requesting that the Secretariat take the necessary measures to expedite the implementation of the policy and action plan.

The policy is anchored to six fundamental principles:

  • Commitment to gender equality and equity
  • Inclusiveness in terms of applicability to all the Fund’s activities
  • Accountability for gender and climate change results and impacts
  • Country ownership in terms of alignment with national policies and priorities, and inclusive stakeholder participation
  • Competencies throughout the Fund’s institutional framework
  • Equitable resource allocation so that women and men benefit equitably from the Fund’s adaptation and mitigation activities.

Meanwhile, the gender action plan dates from 2015-2017, and covers governance and institutional structure, operational guidelines, capacity building, outputs, outcomes, and impact indicators for monitoring and reporting purposes, and resource allocation and budgeting. Annex IV presents a table of actions and indicators for each of these areas, including the proposed timings, and outlining who has responsibility for each action. Finally, Annex V lists the climate and gender experts who participated in the consultations for the document.

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