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UNCCD Gender Action Plan

January 2018

The Convention recognizes the importance of women in the implementation of the Convention, and identifies critical areas for their engagement:

  1. awareness-raising, and participation in the design and implementation of programmes;
  2. decision-making processes that men and women adopt at the local level in the governance of development, implementation and review of regional and national action programmes (RAPs and NAPs); and
  3. capacity-building, education and public awareness, particularly at local level through the support of local organizations. 

The adoption, in September 2017, of a Gender Action Plan to accompany implementation of the UNCCD 2018-2030 Strategic Framework enhances the implementation of the Convention, making it a more powerful and strategic instrument for transforming the livelihoods of millions of families.

Today, 113 of the 169 countries affected by land degradation and/or drought have joined the movement to restore degrading land. They include the world’s poorest countries, where a substantial percentage of the extremely land-dependent poor are women.