UN Climate Change Conference

7 – 18 November, Marrakesh
12 - 13 November 2016 | 11.00-13.30 | Global Gender and Climate Alliance Innovation Forum, Universite Cadi Ayyad Faculte des Sciences Juridiques, Economiques et Sociales, Room B

Skill-sharing session on monitoring of gender-responsive climate policy

This interactive World Café session is structured around four aspects of gender-responsive climate policy and action: 1) advocacy; 2) design; 3) implementation; 4) outcomes. Each discussion includes a brief presentation by a facilitator, followed by an interactive discussion.

The first discussion on advocacy is led by WEDO. Its objective is to share various strategies of advocating for gender-responsive climate policy on different levels. WEDO will introduce a global advocacy tool recently developed together with the NGO CSW. Specific focus will be devoted to discussing ways in which different stakeholders’ efforts can be mutually supportive.

The second discussion on design is led by UN Women. It encompasses two aspects: 1) What do gender-responsive policies look like in various contexts? 2) What kinds of processes and approaches are best suited for facilitating participation and soliciting inputs and political buy-in from a wide range of stakeholders?

The third discussion on implementation is led by IUCN and ODI. Its focus is on the role of various global, national and local stakeholders in implementation. The discussion will identify common challenges to implementation (resources, capacity, legislation, coordination, and so on), and highlight ways in which different actors can support the implementation process to help overcome such challenges. The discussion will also focus on identifying and scaling up local initiatives, as well as ways in which national policy processes and global/national financial mechanisms can be supportive of such efforts.

The fourth discussion on outcomes is led by CIFOR. It will solicit experiences from around the world with respect to the successes and shortcomings of various (more or less) gender-responsive policies and initiatives. Possible synergies – or trade-offs – between gender equality and other policy objectives (such as sustainability, economic viability) will be discussed. Participants will further be probed to share their views on how, and by whom, success should be defined and measured.


CIFOR and partners (ODI, UN Women, WEDO, IUCN)


Markus Ihalainen
"Gender-responsive climate policy and action: what is it and how do we make it happen?"

Speaker's bio:
Markus Ihalainen works on the integration of gender across CIFOR’s research portfolio and between centers under the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Before joining CIFOR he worked in Namibia on gender and LGBT issues. He is now based in Nairobi, Kenya, and works on gender research and mainstreaming in forestry research through capacity-building, building partnerships, monitoring and evaluation, systematic reviews, and developing and communicating methodological and analytical toolkits. He holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Stockholm, Sweden.

Anne Larson
"Gender-responsive climate policy and action: what is it and how do we make it happen?"

Speaker's bio:
Anne Larson conducts research on multiple aspects of forest and landscape governance policy and institutions, from local to international scales. She coordinates fieldwork in Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Current research priorities include opportunities and challenges for forest tenure reforms; women’s rights to land in communal forests; and multilevel governance, REDD+ and low emissions development. Anne is a member of the council of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) and represents CIFOR to the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). Prior to obtaining her PhD in 2001, she worked as a journalist, activist and lobbyist. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Stanford University and her PhD in from UC Berkeley in Wildland Resource Science.