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A Free Gender Responsive National Communications Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to strengthen the capacity of national government staff and assist them in integrating gender equality into the development of National Communications (NCs). It is recognized that NC reporting processes can be a meaningful entry point for training, awareness-raising and capacity-building efforts. Preparation of reports can also influence other, ongoing climate change planning and policymaking processes.

This toolkit can also inform sector policies related to both social and natural resource issues.

The toolkit presents rationales for gender-responsive NCs and approaches for integrating gender into NC reports. It also provides context and information on a range of issues; good practice examples; and lessons learned. Issues examined include:


This toolkit is primarily targeted towards government staff and other technical experts responsible for coordinating and/ or developing the National Communications and/or Biennial Update Report processes. In addition, it may be useful to:

Organization of the Toolkit

The toolkit is divided into two main sections, each of which provides information and guidance to support genderresponsive National Communications. The first section provides the rationales for integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment issues into climate change reporting. The second section is broken into three parts and examines approaches and information relevant to integrating gender into the required framework of NC reporting. In each section the toolkit provides references, advice, options and examples. In this way it shows that despite local circumstances, geographic differences and levels of development, gender is relevant to NCs and the topics reflected therein.

You can download this toolkit for free here.

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