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Global Gender and Environment Outlook 2016: The Critical Issues

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The Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO): The Critical Issues provides an overview of critical evaluations and analyses of the interlinkages between gender and the environment, and their importance for gender-sensitive policymaking and actions. The GGEO was first proposed by the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment (NWMLE) to UNEP at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The 2014 United Nations Environment Assembly subsequently welcomed the development of the GGEO, and the use of social science information and gender relevant indicators to examine the links between gender and the environment. The report describes policy options and concrete opportunities to contribute to the future we want - a future of justice and equality that leaves no one behind. It reflects and builds on the ground-breaking work of hundreds of scientists, policy experts, gender advocates and members of community groups. And it examines a wide range of topics, including food production, water and sanitation, energy, sustainable consumption and production, fisheries and fishing communities, and forests and those who depend on them for their livelihoods.

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Outlook for a sustainable and just future

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development places women’s rights at the centre of transformative change, and especially at the centre of the pursuit of sustainable development in its three dimensions - economic, social and environmental (UN 2015). Giving shape and context to what gender-transformative sustainable development approaches look like, it offers the promise of shifting current trends and dynamics away from business as usual (BAU) in regard to gender and the environment. However, even in a document as visionary as the 2030 Agenda, explicit links between gender and the environment are weak: in the environmentally specific SDG goals, gender and women are mentioned in only one target: “13.b, Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities.”

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