Monique Barbut
Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Monique Barbut

Strong land rights for women reduce poverty and increase economic wealth and individual motivation.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • I commit to cultivate a positive and supportive organizational culture among all staff where gender equality and empowerment of women are measurable and embedded in all decision-making and programming processes of the UNCCD. For this, I will (1) carry out a staff survey of their awareness level of gender equality and women’s empowerment; (2) carry out, at the same time, a staff survey about the work environment from a gender lens; and (3) encourage all staff to report on their gender and cross-cultural responsiveness as part of the performance appraisal, which is currently required only for staff with supervisory responsibilities.

  • Advocate for concrete measures, such as women’s access to land rights, which the UNCCD Parties can act for mainstreaming gender and the empowerment of women in achieving land degradation neutrality.