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Gender and Environmental Sustainability in the Asia Pacific Region

3 ~ 6 December 2019




“For sustainable development to become a reality in the region, it is incumbent on policymakers to address the pivotal linkages between gender and the environment in their development agendas.”[1]

Even though the relationship between human society and the environment seems to be gender-neutral at first glance, on closer inspection, you realize it affects women and men differently. When it comes to environmental conservation, men and women are likely to interact differently with the environment and they have different roles in the family and community. This will, in turn, provide different opportunities for men and women in protecting the environment. For example, women are responsible for water and waste management in most households. Yet, due to their restricted participation in the policy making processes, decisions about water and waste management system do not properly reflect women’s needs and perspectives.

Gender equity is essential in addressing major sustainable development challenges including the prevention of environmental degradation. As a result of decades of women’s environmental movements, the international community focuses more and more on the importance of gender-and-environment issues. However, women are not only regarded as effective change-makers for environmental protection and sustainable development but their knowledge and contributions have been often undervalued. In addition, progress has been slow on women’s participation and representation in national and local environmental policies, programmes, and projects. Therefore, understanding the links between gender and environment and taking responsive actions at all levels can accelerate positive dynamics in promoting 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In this regard, it would be essential to include gender dimensions in addressing environmental degradation issues. Thus, in order to have more inclusive and environmentally sustainable policies for the Asia and the Pacific region, it is important to understand the roles and capacities of women and to promote equal participation in the policy making processes. This capacity building workshop will provide participants with opportunity to enhance the understanding of the linkage between gender and environmental sustainability. In addition, the workshop will help participants to make and develop specific gender-responsive practices, policies, and programmes that can help tackle environment challenges in their countries.


[1] Delivered by Shamshad Akhtar, the former Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), at High-level side event on “Gender, the Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific”, the First Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment in Bangkok, Thailand



Event Objectives


The training workshop will:

  • Describe the links between gender and environment;

  • Enhance participants’ understanding of integrating the gender perspective in environmental policies;

  • Provide participants with the knowledge and tools to mainstream gender in environmental policies at national and local levels;

  • Promote an exchange of best practices and ideas among governments and cities.


Learning Objectives


After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of gender in environmental conservation and sustainable development and discuss how environmental sustainability relates to gender issues and vice versa;

  • Become familiar with knowledge, tools, and methods used to integrate gender into environmental policies and illustrate how gender perspectives can support better environmental outcomes;

  • Apply UNITAR-developed CityShare methodology and make specific action plans for implementation of national or local gender-responsive environmental policies;

  • Expand networks and identify partners with expertise to assist governments to improve their practices.


Content and Structure


The contents of this training workshop are as follows:

  • Module 1: Gender and Environment (Overview)

  • Module 2: Approach to Integrate Gender into Environmental Sector

  • Module 3: Gender Mainstreaming in Environmental Policy Cycle – Identification, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation

  • Module 4: Engaging in Action Plan




The workshop will be composed of the followings:

  • Lectures and presentations

  • Group discussion and exercises

  • UNITAR CityShare methodology

  • Action plan presentation

  • Study visit


Target Audience


This workshop is open to government officials and personnel from non-profit and civil sectors in Asia and the Pacific region who work on environmental policies and projects or who wish to integrate gender perspective into their environmental legislation, policies or programmes.


Event detail


∙ Event type




∙ Date

3-6 December 2019


∙ Venue

UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/Jeju International Training Center (JITC), Jeju-do, Korea



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∙ Websites



∙ Certificate

UNITAR and UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC will jointly issue a certificate upon completion of the training





Selected applicants are required to:

  • Submit necessary documents on time, i.e., registration form etc.

  • Complete and submit pre-training readings and assignments, i.e. case studies etc.

  • Actively participate in the training program

  • Be fluent in written and spoken English

*Additionally, Participants are required to bring a personal laptop for UNITAR CityShare Methodology.

Application and deadline


Send the following 7 documents to by 18 October 2019 (Friday)   

1. Application form

Download from

2. Letter of commitment

3. Acknowledgement, waiver and release of liability

4. Consent to collection, usage, and disclosure of personal information

5. One page case study description

(see the guideline in the application form)

6. Letter of nomination

Your organization’s format with official seal

7. Curriculum Vitae

Your own format

Late application will NOT be accepted.




  • Application without required documents will NOT be considered.

  • Participation is subject to approval of the application by UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC.

  • Only selected applicants will be notified individually.


Assistance with Travel Expenses


UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC provides a LIMITED financial assistance with the airfare to Jeju-do, Republic of Korea.


Point of departure (By Region / Country)


Eastern Asia

South Korea

KRW 150,000

China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and Chinese Taipei

US$ 300


US$ 550

South-Eastern Asia

Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam

US$ 450

Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar

US$ 650

Southern Asia

Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and 

Sri Lanka

US$ 800


US$ 850


US$ 950

Pacific Islands

Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu

US$ 1,200

* Other points of departure – please contact UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC

  • Local expenses (venue-to-venue transportation, accommodation, and meals) during the workshop will be covered by CIFAL Jeju.

  • All other expenses including visa fee are the responsibility of the participants.



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