Global Gender Office

Gender equality and equity are matters of fundamental human rights and social justice, as well as a pre-condition for sustainable development and the achievement of IUCN’s mission.

IUCN's Global Gender Office enjoys worldwide recognition for the extensive work it has carried out over the past 12 years addressing gender equality issues within the environmental sector.

Experience includes the development of sector-specific gender tools, gender-mainstreaming efforts with a variety of global forums including the CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity), UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), CSD (United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development), CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) and World Water Forum, along with the establishment of gender entities in environmental ministries throughout Central America. IUCN has provided support to UNEP and the CBD to develop gender action plans.

In the past five years, the IUCN Global Senior Gender Adviser has been conducting a series of activities to ensure that gender considerations are fully integrated in climate change and biodiversity policies. Part of her work has been the creation and consolidation of the GGCA (Global Gender and Climate Alliance), training to delegates from all around the world to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), building capacity at the governmental and nongovernmental institutions together with the development of various manuals as well as articles dealing with the topic.

Please visit the IUCN Global Gender Office website at:

March 8 - International Women's Day / Día Internacional de la Mujer


We celebrate women around the world and support all human efforts that encourage social justice by providing equal access to the goods and services of nature through sustainable development.


Celebramos a las mujeres del mundo y nos solidarizamos con los esfuerzos de la humanidad por proveer justicia social y acceso equitativo a los bienes y servicios de la naturaleza de manera sostenible.

Women pressing palm oil, Ghana

Women pressing palm oil, Ghana

Photo: Flickr/Raysto

Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)

The GGCA works to ensure that climate change policies, decision making, and initiatives at the global, regional, and national levels are gender responsive.

 The GGCA steering Committe is composed by:

GGCA Steering Committe

GGCA Steering Committe


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    Women training on flower making 1

    Photo: Somsak Soonthornnawaphat

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    Gender and environment site

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