Consultant on Gender and Climate Change for the Balkan Region

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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The Global Support Programme (GSP) is a jointly implemented programme by UNDP and UNEP that provides support to developing Parties in order to prepare National Communications (NCs) and Biennial Update Reports (BURs) that are submitted to the UNFCCC. 

The GSP elaborated in 2015 a “Gender responsive National Communications Toolkit” ( aimed at providing suggestions and guidance on integrating gender issues into National Communications (NCs) and Biennial Update Reports (BURs). The toolkit seeks to make the process of reporting more transparent in terms of who is involved, whose views are represented, gender-differentiated risks and the types of support men and women need to influence climate adaptation, mitigation, policymaking and reporting. This guidance document can also be used to build capacity of key stakeholders, including Governments and civil society, for gender analysis of key climate change issues that are reported on the NCs and BURs.

The GSP has initiated working with the Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) and Lebanon (together, the Western Balkan Network) in 2017. The purpose of such partnership is to create a regional South-South network that aims to mainstream gender issues into the climate change reporting process of the NCs and BURs, also in the light of the enhanced transparency framework established by the Paris Agreement and the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT). 

The first meeting of such Network was held in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (December 2017). As result from this meeting, countries identified key elements, the main responsibilities and concrete steps for integrating gender in the next NCs and BURs. Finally, they elaborated an initial draft action plan.