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Satoshi Shigiya

JICA

Japan Represented by

Satoshi Shigiya

Senior Director, Office for Climate Change
Charged with implementing Japan’s official development assistance, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has long been supporting sustainable development in developing countries, with a growing focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation projects and programmes worldwide. With activities underway in 154 countries, and a presence in some 90 overseas offices, JICA is one of the largest bilateral aid agencies in the world. Shortly following JICA’s accreditation to GCF in July 2017, GCF sat down with Satoshi Shigiya to discuss JICA’s plans with the Fund. Mr. Shigiya is the agency’s Senior Director, Office for Climate Change, and Deputy Director General of the Global Environment Department.

JICA is a large bilateral aid organization with an impressive presence and substantial level of resources at its disposal. What attracted you to the GCF?

Climate change is one of the major challenges of our time. It poses a substantial threat to human security, stability, and prosperity across our societies. JICA is committed to supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and as our mandate is to work with developing countries to provide a service that reaches the poorest people, we see the Green Climate Fund as a key partner to help integrate a climate-resilient approach in all our activities. Through our engagement with GCF we want to help countries and communities vulnerable to climate change to adapt and move towards low-carbon societies while tackling poverty at the same time. These objectives, I believe, correspond to what JICA and GCF want to ultimately achieve.

Climate change is a relatively new focus for JICA. How are you integrating this throughout your work?

Tackling climate change is an institutional priority and we have been increasing our focus in this area. Just to give you an example between 2012-2015 roughly 40 percent of JICA’s finance was provided for either development projects with climate co-benefits or climate-focused projects. With GCF we are seeking to mainstream climate change within JICA. This includes aligning our activities with the Fund’s mission and investment criteria so that we can provide holistic assistance to countries in achieving low-carbon and climate-resilient development.

How do you see the partnership going forward?

Initially, JICA will place emphasis on a few key areas. This includes supporting climate actions of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), climate-related disaster risk reduction, and the application of innovative technologies to support climate mitigation and adaptation measures. The focus on SIDS is particularly important for JICA because these communities are severely impacted by climate change. JICA would also like to support developing countries in accessing the Fund and potential direct access entities in meeting its accreditation requirements. JICA offers hundreds of training courses annually, at its training centres in Japan and in other countries. This could be another exciting and beneficial area of collaboration between JICA and GCF.

What advice would you give to other organizations seeking accreditation to GCF?

To have an effective partnership, potential entities should think about their comparative advantage. In the case of JICA, ours is the agency’s global reach, field-oriented approach, and its track record in providing Japanese expertise, skills and knowledge. Now that JICA is a GCF Accredited Entity, our comparative advantage has increased, and we are looking to generate greater awareness about our partnership with GCF so that our partner countries are aware of this positive development.