Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative


GUCCI goes to COP23: Findings of Gender Assessment of Climate Change Policies at Urban Level

At COP23, we will be hosting a side-event on behalf of our Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative.  The project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
At this side-event, we will offer a brief training workshop for interested delegates on our newly developed methodology "Gender Assessment and Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaption Policies." It was designed to track the gender responsiveness of institutions, procedures, climate action programmes, and policies and measures on local level. The event will train the participants in using the methodology in their local contexts as well as in transferring the methodology to the regional and national levels.
Moreover, representatives from our partner organisations AIWC in India, Aksi! and SP in Indonesia and GenderCC South Africa will share their findings so far and inform about their activities at urban level under the GUCCI project. In the next months these findings will be used to develop recommendations for local policy-makers. Partners will identify key entry points for gender just urban climate change policies and prioritise those which are either particularly relevant from a gender perspective or realistically achievable. In 2018, partners will develop and implement a campaign or local action in each pilot city. The campaign or action will for instance comprise of trainings for the construction, use and maintenance of solar driers, information campaigns on energy savings for households, or public campaigns about security in public transport.
The event will be held at the BMUB in Bonn, Robert-Schumann-Platz 3, closely located to the Bonn Zone, on November 15th from 2-4 pm. The event is open for all interested delegates. We look forward to your participation!

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GenderCC side-event “Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative” at the COP23
Date: Wednesday, 15th of November, 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety;         Robert-Schumann-Platz 3, Bonn, Room 1.196

Please register as seats are limited by contacting L.Ederberg[at]


Successful Stakeholder Workshops in Tshwane and Johannesburg

From June through August 2017, GenderCC’s office in South Africa held five workshops in the cities of Tshwane and Johannesburg to discuss climate change and climate solutions with stakeholders. Convening in groups of 25-150 community members, these stakeholders discussed their understanding of climate change and climate solutions, and then GenderCC worked to improve their knowledge and educate these women and citizens with regards to what they can personally do for climate change.





  • AIWC Delhi has also started to organise the local stakeholder workshops in the city. The workshops address city stakeholders such as citizens, individuals from administration, NGOs or research institutes working in the field of gender and urban climate policies and actions. On 20th September AIWC in collaboration with the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Combating Climate Change (MGICCC) invited city administration staff and non-governmental organisations to discuss the ‘Gender Integration into Urban Climate Change Policy’. A special focus was given to the city's waste management as it is significantly contributing to Delhi's greenhouse gas emissions. A conflict appears when it is seen as women's responsibility to separate waste which is later mixed up by dustmen who are picking up the garbage. It was also recognised that climate change includes diverse gender entry points in many sectors and that firstly knowledge and sensitisation about the topic will be necessary. Further cooperation between the city officials, development and environmental NGOs and AIWC are planned.
  • On 8 September, Gotelind Alber presented our Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative at the Potsdam Summer School co-organised by the City of Potsdam and a number of research institutes located in the city. The research group attending the summer school discussed the gender dimensions of urban planning and climate policies. This year's summer school focused on the topic how transdisciplinary knowledge can support governance processes in the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • During the last two months, GenderCC Southern Africa, our partner organisation in South Africa, organised a couple of local stakeholder workshops with communities in Johannesburg and Tshwane as well as with city staff. The last workshop on Gender & Climate Change was held for the City of Tshwane officials on the 18th August 2017. 38 officials were attending, coming from different departments and sectors, majority being women. From the discussion it was apparent that the departments in the city work in silos. It will be a challenging task to implement effective climate change policies and also to address social factors and gender in the different policy sectors relevant for addressing climate change.
  • After finalising the interviews as part of the Gender assessment and Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation methodology (GAMMA) all project partners were working on analysing and summarising the results in a report. In addition, we are working on comparing the climate policies of the pilot cities with our urban gender-just climate policy portfolio in order to prepare recommendations. Read more about the GAMMA methodology below.


Learn more about the 'Gender Assessment and Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation' (GAMMA) methodology

The project partnership has developed and is currently applying the 'Gender Assessment & Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation' (GAMMA) methodology in order to examine local adaptation and mitigation policies for their gender responsiveness, seeking to identify possible gender entry-points and to develop recommendations for interventions needed to address gender gaps in planning procedures, priorities, policies and measures. The assessment involves several steps, covering institutional setting and procedures, the complete range of a city’s climate policies and an in-depth analysis of the gender impacts of selected measures. The results of the assessment can be used to work with citizens and local policy-makers and encourage efforts to achieve a transformation towards a low-carbon, low-risk, climate-resilient, equitable, gender-just and inclusive city. In the course of the project, the partners will furthermore develop policy recommendations based on the results of GAMMA and implement concrete gender-responsive campaigns and projects in the pilot cities. A toolbox on how to apply GAMMA will be available soon.

For further information please contact the Secretariat’s team.


GUCCI Previous Activities

Watch the pictures of previous GUCCI activities in Indonesia, India, South Africa and during COPs.

GUCCI previous activities


Why Gender and Climate Change?

Just as the linkages between climate change and gender are receiving a growing amount of attention, the specific challenges that cities face in light of climate change are also increasingly recognised. Yet, climate change, gender and cities are rarely addressed together, despite the clear potential for tackling inequality and climate issues with well-designed urban policies.

Together with UN Habitat and the GIZ (German Development Agency), GenderCC recently published one of the most comprehensive publications addressing this interface, which can be downloaded here.

Building upon this initial research, GenderCC launched a new project in collaboration with several partner organisations which will run from 2015-2018. The results of the "Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative" will be featured on this page. 


International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition. Based on a decision taken by the German parliament (Bundestag), a sum of at least 120 million euros is available for use by the initiative annually. For the first few years the IKI was financed through the auctioning of emission allowances, but it is now funded from the budget of the BMUB. The IKI is a key element of Germany’s climate financing and the funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity. These efforts provide various co-benefits, particularly the improvement of living conditions in partner countries.

The IKI focuses on four areas: mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to the impacts of climate change, conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), as well as conserving biological diversity.

New projects are primarily selected through a two-stage procedure that takes place once a year. Priority is given to activities that support creating an international climate protection architecture, to transparency, and to innovative and transferable solutions that have an impact beyond the individual project. The IKI cooperates closely with partner countries and supports consensus building for a comprehensive international climate agreement and the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Moreover, it is the goal of the IKI to create as many synergies as possible between climate protection and biodiversity conservation.