WGC new Advocacy Brief published: Gender-responsive Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)


Advocacy for gender responsive climate action is crucial in the upcoming months as countries deliver new and updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) until COP26, expected to take place at the end of this year. Real ambition would urgently bridge the current gap in pledges and the dire predictions of the latest IPCC report, while simultaneously addressing the Sustainable Development Goals and including actions for building resilience and adapting to climate change impacts. Our new advocacy brief provides answers about:

  • What are Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)? What should I know about gender equality in new and updated NDCs?
  • What rules does the Katowice climate package (rulebook) give about gender & NDCs?
  • How does the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan support gender-responsive NDCs?
  • How do I learn more about my country’s NDC and its development processes and do advocacy?

The short brief provides definitions and explanations on Nationally Determined Contributions in the Paris Agreement and the Katowice climate package. Moreover, the enhanced Lima Work Programme on Gender and its Gender Action Plan contain several key activities across key priority areas that aim to support the integration of gender into climate action at national level. The brief lists all relevant activities in this regard. Besides this overall framework you can find step-by-step guides for NDC development processes, preparing your advocacy and for analyzing your country`s NDC. Finally more resources and tools that support the analysis of gender-responsiveness and equity of NDCs as well as providing more background information are directly linked in this paper.

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