With the implementation of the Paris Agreement in 2015, the global community entered into a crucial phase where Governments, UN officials, and civil society organizations alike required tools and technical support to comprehend, track, translate, and intervene in global policy processes.

For over 25 years, WEDO has been producing these tools, from country scorecards for grassroots leaders to track implementation of Agenda 21, to reviewing and following-up on the Beijing Platform for Action and other climate policies. In more recent years, WEDO, in partnership with the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), has compiled the gender mandates in the UNFCCC, in addition to tracking participation statistics for women on boards, bodies, and delegations.

In partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), and the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland, WEDO launched the Gender Climate Tracker App and online platform in 2016. The platform has been instrumental in highlighting key gender disparities to hold countries accountable and to facilitate policy implementation.

The app (available for iOS, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices) and online platform provides experts, practitioners, decision-makers, negotiators, and advocates with easy, on-the-go access to the latest and regularly updated information on policies, mandates, research, decisions, and actions related to gender and climate change. By reviewing, compiling, and publishing this information, the app empowers civil society, governments, and citizens to hold their governments accountable to their gender commitments. “Successful implementation that leaves no one behind requires gender-disaggregated data to identify the gender gaps and move away from tokenistic implementation of strategies by governments towards gender inclusion and well-being,” commented Bridget Burns, WEDO Director.

“Having access to information is key for engaging meaningfully in the process of finding gender-just climate solutions. This is why the Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC) supports the Gender Climate Tracker App. It is an innovative knowledge tool for keeping track of all the gender decisions under UNFCCC updates. The Gender Climate App guides our negotiators to lay the foundation for gender-just climate solutions on a policy level. Gender-informed policies in return, lay the ground for gender-sensitive climate actions which are more likely to be successful,” commented the SDC.

The app started out as a central resource of information and has subsequently developed into a hub of information relating to gender mandates within climate policy, the participation of women in climate negotiations, and tracking of gender-specific progress in each country. In addition, the app includes the possibility for experts to participate by providing feedback on the content, thus strengthening the level of outreach, impact, and support. The app and online platform allow for participants and decision-makers to share national level policy and planning work on gender-responsive climate policy, as well as civil society shadow-reporting on implementation.

To support this dynamic space, we welcome your comments and encourage you to become a Gender Climate Tracker by sharing any documents you have on a country that relates to gender and climate change!

Bridget Burns, WEDO Director


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