"Gender responsive climate policies are urgently needed! We are not going to make the 1.5 degrees unless we reach gender equality!” emphasized Fleur Newman, Lead Gender Officer in the UNFCCC Secretariat.
A number of countries have developed Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans and National Agricultural Investment Plans. These plans have in common that they align agricultural policies and sector strategies and help consolidate or increase investment that is a prerequisite for growth, transformation and poverty reduction. If one intends to address policy, programmatic and investment gaps for gender equality and women’s empowerment in agriculture, the leverage point lies in these policies. As stated in the session, 75 percent of NDCs in Sub-Saharan Africa have done so and included “gender” or “women” as part of their sustainable development priorities in the context of climate change.
A video, released by the UNDP-FAO supported programme "Integrating agriculture in national adaptation plans (NAP-Ag), focused on three of the NAP-Ag supported countries - Colombia, Uganda and Viet Nam - and illustrates how gender considerations are integrated into policies covering the agriculture sectors.
On global scale, it is the Gender Action Plan of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that takes up this approach. The Gender Action Plan, adopted at COP23 in November 2017 in Bonn, seeks to mainstream gender perspectives in all mandated areas of its interventions. The requirement of gender-sensitive development impact has also become an integral condition for funding under the climate finance mechanisms under the Convention, such as the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility.