Introduction Title

The United Nations Country Team System Wide Action Plan  Gender Equality Scorecard (UNCT-SWAP) focuses on improved UNCT planning, coordination, programming, resources and results for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.  

Introduction Description

 In 2008, the UN Development Group (now UN Sustainable Development Group) endorsed the UNCT Gender Equality Scorecard, which put forward minimum gender mainstreaming requirements for UNCT joint processes and institutional arrangements. Updated in 2018 to cover results tied to the SDGs and to align with the UN System-wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) at the entity level, the framework is now known as the UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard (UNCT-SWAP). 

UNCT-SWAP reporting takes place through comprehensive reports at the Cooperation Framework planning stage and through annual progress reports. Action planning and reporting is part of the assessment.   


Introductory Text

Together with UN Women Regional Offices and in collaboration with UN entities, UN Women’s UN system coordination division supports the development of guidance and technical tools for implementing the UNCT-SWAP and the UNCT GEM. These products are developed through a consultative process and many benefit from direct inputs and feedback from UNCTs.

Manuals and Guidance


UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard

The UNCT-SWAP Scorecard is a standardized assessment of UN country-level gender mainstreaming practices and performance that is aimed at ensuring accountability of senior managers and improving UNCT performance.

Manuals and Guidance


UNCT Gender Equality Marker Guidance Note

This guidance support UNCTs in the application of the GEM within UN INFO and the UNSDCF. 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

Good practices


UNCT-SWAP Gender equality scorecard annual progress reporting guidance

UNCT-SWAP reporting follows a two-prong methodology Comprehensive Assessments occurring at the Cooperation Framework planning stage and Annual Progress Assessments as highlighted in the UNCTSWAP Gender Equality Scorecard Framework Technical Guidance page 20 This guidance focuses on Annual Progress Assessment

Good practices Tools and methodologies


UNCT-SWAP good practice virtual toolkit

The Toolkit for UNCT-SWAP Scorecard Assessment and Action Plan Implementation offers a resource for UNCTs to advance GEWE throughout the UNSDCF cycle in line with the minimum standards established by the UNSDG in the UNCT-SWAP Scorecard.

Good practices


UNCT GEM experience and good practices from Kyrgyzstan

Good practice on implementing UNCT Gender Marker and financial tracking in Kyrgyzstan

Tools and methodologies


UNCT-SWAP How-To-Do toolkit (in Miro)

Toolkit developed by UN Women West and Central Africa regional office on implementing UNCT-SWAP scorecard

Global helpdesks

Support for implementing the UNCT-SWAP and the UNCT GEM is available to UNCTs through global helpdesks: