The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Gender Equality Marker (GEM) Guidance Note outlines how the UNCT GEM is to be implemented; its core principles and coding definitions; and how to ensure quality assurance therein. The Guidance Note assumes a degree of knowledge by the reader of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) Guidance, and of the UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard. The UNCT GEM tracks the resources allocated collectively by the UN system under the UNSDCF cycle, making clear the level of commitment and the degree of resources allocated by the UNCT in support of national GEWE priorities. As it is applied to the UNSDCF, the UNCT GEM does not replace corporate GEMs which are designed to fulfil entity-specific accountability requirements at global level.
This guidance is developed to support UNCTs in the application of the GEM within UN INFO and the UNSDCF.