UNEP enlists Gender and Environment A-Team to guide writing of Cutting-Edge Assessment Report

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has concluded the names of the first group of internationally renowned gender and environment experts that will guide the drafting of the first two chapters of the Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO).  The GGEO is a groundbreaking, multi-stakeholder initiative to produce the world’s first comprehensive, integrated and global assessment about gender and the environment. The assessment report is due for release at the 2nd United Nations Environment Assembly in May 2016.

“We are delighted to have the world’s leading experts on gender and the environment on-board,” says Trang Nguyen, GGEO coordinator at UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment in Nairobi, Kenya. “The group brings together a wealth of expertise from civil society, academia, government, UN organisations and the private sector. Their diverse backgrounds and expertise will enable us to support decision-making on the environment by providing a better understanding and holistic outlook of the environment by using a gender lens.”

The authors’ group consists of: Joni Seager (Lead author), Bentley University; Sabine Bock, (Lead author), WECF International, Germany; Leisa Perch(Lead author), United Nations Development Programme Rio+ Centre; Qayum Seemin, (Lead author), UN Women; Lorena Aguilar, International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN; Isis Alvarez, Global Forest Coalition; Jamie Bechtel, New Course; Alexandra Caterbow, WECF International; Maureen Fordham, University of Northumbria; Silja Halle, United Nations Development Programme; Deepa Joshi, WU Environmental Sciences; Lucia Kiwala, UN-Habitat; Lilja Kolbeinsdóttir, Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA); Esther Mwangi, Center for International Forest Research; Mary Nyasimi, CGIAR; François Rogers (Science writer), CatalySD Sustainability | Communications; Vivienne Solis Rivera, CoopeSoliDar R.L.; Dutta Soma, Energia; Farhana Sultana, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Simon Thuo, Social Impact Institute; Elana Villalobos Prats, World Health Organisation; and Merial Watts, Pesticide Action Network (PAN).

A team of technical and specialists, including Sacha Gabizon (WECF International), Rebecca Pearl-Martinez (Energy and Environment Specialist), Johanna Hausmann and Anke Stock (WECF International) will support the group.  Overseeing the project on behalf of UNEP is Monika MacDevette (Deputy Director, Division of Early Warning and Assessment), Janet Macharia (Head, Gender and Social Safeguards Unit), Trang Nguyen (Associate Programme Officer , Division of Early Warning and Assessment) and Linda Kaseva (Associate Programme Officer, Gender and Social Safeguards Officer).

Wider participation is welcomed through the GGEO Community of Practice. Experts and members of the public are invited to contribute by registering online at 

More information on the GGEO may be obtained from