Institutional Development Within The UNDP
Human Resources: UNDP will continue to pursue the United Nations target of achieving gender balance at all levels by 2010.
Accountability: UNDP is integrating accountability for gender equality results into its overall accountability framework.
Learning and Capacity Development: UNDP develops a vigorous and high-quality learning programme to ensure staff capacities to deliver on its commitments to gender equality.
Knowledge Management: UNDP is committed to building a Global community of practice on gender equality at the global level and regional level and serving Country Offices.
This Strategy Note is the section from the UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2008-2015 which defines UNDP's strategy for strengthening institutional arrangements for gender equality. It defines key areas of involvement for UNDP and specific activities to be undertaken during this period.
In 2010, UNDP advanced the gender equality and women’s empowerment objectives outlined in the Gender Equality Strategy in each of its thematic areas: Poverty Reduction and Achieving the MDGs; Democratic Governance; Crisis Prevention and Recovery; and Environment and Sustainable Development.
Established in 2005, the Gender Thematic Trust Fund (GTTF) has quickly become one ofthe United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) critical funding modalities. TheTrust Fund enables UNDP to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specifically MDG3: promote gender equality and empowerwomen. Through GTTF, donors can contribute directly towards achieving gender equality results in any thematic area of the UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2008–2013, which is aligned with the UNDP Strategic Plan 2008–2013: poverty reduction and achieving theMDGs; democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; and environment and sustainable development. In 2009, GTTF funding advanced a range of women’s equality and empowerment initiatives.Recognizing the importance of the upcoming 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-15), and identifying that climate change negotiations completely overlook women’s particularized needs and priorities, GTTF placed a distinct focus on engendering climate change processes and programmes. In addition, GTTF supported critical efforts that enhanced women’s political participation and reduced violence against women.
The 2007–2008 Gender Thematic Trust Fund (GTTF) funded initiatives in 31 UNDP programme countries. This report consolidates achievements, challenges and lessons learned related to these initiatives, demonstrating how GTTF has enabled programme countries to act faster and be more flexible and innovative in delivering tangible results towards promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Around the world, women now account for 40 percent of people employed in non-agricultural sectors. UNDP experiences in achieving gender equality as one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the recognition that none of the MDGs can be accomplished without achieving gender equality have affirmed its critical importance to all aspects of development.
Gender equality and women's empowerment are Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in their own right and central to all other development efforts. This resource guide has been developed to strengthen coordinated action in the UN system to support countries to achieve these goals.