UNDP Around the world

Gender and sustainable development

Gender equality, rooted in human rights, is recognized both as an essential development goal on its own and as vital to accelerating sustainable development. When inequalities are addressed and policies are reshaped, women and girls can become catalytic agents of change and equal partners with men in the quest to promote growth that is inclusive, just, equitable and sustainable. With women’s engagement, success in eradicating poverty, promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns and sustainable management of ecosystems and natural resources can be achieved.

To drive inclusive, sustainable development, UNDP works with national partners to support approaches that reduce or eliminate the barriers, often invisible, to women’s economic empowerment. This includes addressing the cross-cutting issue of women’s unpaid labour and time constraints; promoting women’s decent work; supporting policy and legislative reforms to ensure women’s equal access to and control over productive assets, including land and credit, and incorporating gender perspectives into public finance management and gender-responsive budgeting.
 
UNDP also supports partners to ensure gender-responsive governance of ecosystems and natural resource management; to increase women’s access to, ownership and management of ecosystem goods and services, including through climate finance.