UNEP’s gender mainstreaming work broadly takes place at two levels: the organisational and the programme levels.
From a programme perspective, UNEP ensures all its projects reflect the different needs of women and men. Whenever possible, it also seeks to promote a strong gender perspective in environmental policies at the national, regional and international levels.
From an organisational perspective, UNEP is focusing gender mainstreaming on internal policies and processes, including:
- financial and human resources;
- capacity development;
- knowledge and information management; and
The objective is to institutionalize gender considerations into UNEP's everyday work, target its organisational structure and culture, clarify responsibilities, and build accountability among staff.
Mechanisms to achieve these objectives include:
- developing measurable goals and indicators;
- integrating gender into staff performance appraisal systems;
- tracking gender resources allocated in projects;
- applying a gender “rating” to UNEP projects;
- organizing workshops and training;
- a dedicated gender unit that supports and coordinates gender mainstreaming; and
- assigning gender coordinators and focal points who provide advice and build awareness across the organisation.