Guatemala City, 2 October 2019.  The Presidential Secretariat for Women (SEPREM) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) signed an inter-institutional agreement to facilitate gender mainstreaming in climate action. The implementation of the gender and climate change strategy in Guatemala’s national climate plan (NDC) and the strategic alliance between these two institutions will contribute to the achievement of 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs).  Climate change is not gender neutral, effective climate action requires attention to structural inequalities, especially between women and men. In fact, advancing gender equality and women's leadership in climate change policies is essential to address the climate crisis, guarantee social justice and achieve multiplier effects on the SDGs.

UNDP has been supporting countries with the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment into the NDC process, primarily through effective governance, inclusive planning and integrated policy frameworks that are mutually reinforced.

In Guatemala, UNDP has been working with the Government on increasing national capacities for the implementation of its NDC in a gender-responsive manner by creating a Gender and Climate Change Strategy. The agreement aims to establish the framework for coordination and inter-institutional cooperation, facilitating the mainstreaming of gender equality considerations in national planning associated with climate change and the NDC. The strategy will also contribute to the implementation of national laws and policies, such as the National Policy for the Promotion and Integral Development of Women (PNPDIM,) and the Equality of Opportunities Plan 2008-2023, the Environmental Gender Policy, and the K'atun National Development Plan: Our Guatemala 2032.

The event was attended by Minister Alfonso Alonzo Vargas from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) and Secretary Yolanda Del Rosario Sian Ramírez from the Presidential Secretariat of Women (SEPREM), as well as other representatives from the two institutions and UNDP Guatemala.



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