The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) will launch the first Open Online Course on Gender and Environment at the sixth GEF Assembly taking place in Danang, Viet Nam on 25 June 2018. The online course is the result of an initiative led by the GEF and SGP, in collaboration with the GEF Gender Partnership and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
The e-course is a concerted effort with valuable contributions from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN Women, UNDP, UN Environment and the Secretariats of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements that the GEF serves including the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, among others.
“The Gender and Environment e-course is the first of its kind and it will be a valuable resource for the environmental community in its efforts to be more gender responsive. My hope is that this course will not only help raise awareness and build capacity to implement GEF’s new policy on Gender Equality but also help catalyze actions that have the potential to materialize greater environmental impact through gender-responsive approaches and result,” said Francoise Clottes, GEF Director of Strategy and Operations.
By providing examples and data, the e-course demonstrates the linkages between gender equality and environmental sustainability, and shows how gender-responsive policies and projects support environmental outcomes. The e-course is structured around six modules - an introductory module and five modules on gender dimensions linked to biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, international waters, and chemicals and waste.
“UNDP recognizes the transformative potential of gender equality to advance environmental sustainability. The course is an exciting opportunity to broaden understanding of the important links between gender and environment and offers practical tools, evidence and examples to mainstream gender in key environmental sectors,” said Adriana Dinu, Executive Coordinator, UNDP Global Environmental Finance.
Its interactive format and user-friendly interface make this new learning tool ideal for people working on environmental issues that would like to improve their understanding of the relation between gender and environment and their ability to address gender in key environmental sectors. By the end of the course, participants will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to mainstream gender in environmental projects and programs.
"SGP is delighted to have led and facilitated the development of this useful course with all the partners. We are also excited to feature concrete SGP project examples where local communities have implemented innovative gender responsive projects and produced multiple benefits on both environment and livelihoods,” said Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager, GEF Small Grants Programme.
The e-course is open to the public without charge and is intended to be self-paced.
The course is accessible at UN CC:e-learn’s platform.