CCAFS is now a member of the Global Gender and Climate Change Alliance (GGCA)
The official involvement of gender within CCAFS has made a lot of progress over the first year of action. There have been increasing outputs as well as an augmentation in the number of employees dedicated to gender specific topics across the CCAFS sites. A recent step forward has been the acceptance of membership in the UN launched Global Gender and Climate Change Alliance (GGCA), whose goal is to bring a human face to climate change decision-making and initiatives.
With this membership, CCAFS can count on the valuable exchange of information and experiences from within the alliance and share practical tools, information and methodologies with other members. Furthermore it gives CCAFS access to a broad network of other organizations interested in gender and climate change work; provides access to the latest thinking on these topics and gives way to attribute experiences and results to reach policy and decision makers.
Gender-expert of CCAFS, Jennifer Twyman, sees many advantages of the admission of CCAFS to the GGCA: ‘Being part of the GGCA means that our work can reach a wider audience and our ideas and experiences are better heard in the global gender and climate change debate. It is important to share experiences across organizations because there is so much we can learn from each other, and we should take advantage of every tool that provides us with these opportunities. Therefore CCAFS has applied to be an official member of the GGCA and we are happy we got accepted.’
GGCA was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali in December 2007 and includes over 80 UN agencies and civil society organizations. The main goals of the GGCA are to integrate a gender perspective into policy and decision making, ensuring that financing mechanisms on mitigation and adaptation address the needs of poor women and men equitably, build capacity at all levels to design and implement gender-responsive climate change policies, strategies and programs and share practical tools, information and methodologies to facilitate the integration of gender into policy and programming.
For more information see: www.gender-climate.org