International Women’s Day: Just and equitable technology action


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Climate Technology Centre and Network

Research shows that incorporating gender as a vital component of climate technology action lays the foundation for multiple transformative benefits, including areas such as food security, sustainable land management, poverty alleviation, health and well-being, decent work and economic development. Climate change mitigation and adaptation can contribute to addressing power imbalances and patriarchal norms, ensuring equal participation in decision-making, and greater access to and control over resources, including both technology and finance. Therefore, in addition to making climate change efforts more effective, gender responsiveness can accelerate the achievement of other Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) works to integrate gender mainstreaming into all of its operations and services as guided by its Gender Policy and Action Plan. It also collaborates with the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) to provide capacity development and mentoring support to the winners of the Gender-Just Climate Solutions Awards programme as well as other organisations addressing gender and climate change.

Learn more about some of the inspiring Gender-Just Climate Solutions Awards programme winners:


Gender-responsive technology transfer

The CTCN strives to generate greater awareness of the important relationship between gender, climate change and technology among the broader climate change community. Implementers of CTCN technical assistance and capacity building are required to address gender dimensions, including considerations for women’s specific needs and their active participation in the design of and participation in technology activities. A dedicated gender and technology library can be accessed on the CTCN website for gender-related publications, organisation, CTCN technical assistance, technologies, and other information. The CTCN also conducts capacity development and provides gender guidance to countries as they develop national policies and planning tools.

CTCN Consortium Partner, the UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre, has recently launched a new publication, "Experience from Preparing Gender-Responsive Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs)" which provides learning and insights regarding efforts to mainstream gender in the TNA process and the role that climate technologies can play in ensuring gender-responsive climate action. Read the original "Guidance for a gender-responsive Technology Needs Assessment". 

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