Gender Equality in the Paris Implementation Guidelines

The Women and Gender Constituency is pleased to share its key recommendations for ensuring gender considerations in the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement.


Recalling gender equality has been enshrined in the Paris Agreement in the following ways:

  • Paris Preamble “Acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity”
  • Article 7, paragraph 5 of the Paris Agreement states “Parties acknowledge that adaptation action should follow a country-driven, gender-responsive, participatory and fully transparent approach, taking into consideration vulnerable groups, communities and ecosystems, and should be based on and guided by the best available science and, as appropriate, traditional knowledge, knowledge of indigenous peoples and local knowledge systems, with a view to integrating adaptation into relevant socioeconomic and environmental policies and actions, where appropriate”
  • Article 11, paragraph 2 of the Paris Agreement states that “Capacity-building should be country-driven, based on and responsive to national needs, and foster country ownership of Parties, in particular, for developing country Parties, including at the national, subnational and local levels. Capacity-building should be guided by lessons learned, including those from capacity-building activities under the Convention, and should be an effective, iterative process that is participatory, cross-cutting and gender-responsive”.

Key Recommendations for the Paris Rulebook (Brief)

  • Keep reference to human rights/ gender in relation to NDC planning processes;
  • Keep reference to gender in relation to information provided in Adaptation Communications;
  • Ensure request for sex and gender disaggregated data and analysis are included in the Transparency Framework;
  • Link to the SDGs and ‘leave no one behind’ principle as a source of inputs;
  • Ensure human rights in Article 6;
  • Include gender in the Technology Framework.

Download the detailed brief here.