Activities are quick takes on GCF's activities and engagement with our stakeholders.
Preventing sexual abuse in projects: Learnings from the World Bank
23 May 2019 / GCF further solidified its actions for zero-tolerance of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH) by introducing an updated SEAH Policy through the Independent Redress Mechanism's (IRM) preparation of an advisory report on preventing SEAH in GCF projects. In "Preventing Sexual Abuse in Projects: Learnings from the World Bank," the Chair of the World Bank Inspection Panel Imrana Jalal shared her insights on gender-based violence at the project level and its far-reaching impacts on local communities and institutions. The talk was jointly organised by the Independent Integrity Unit (IIU) and IRM of GCF.
GCF launches online submission system for SAP projects
06 May 2019 / Today, GCF launches the Online Submission System (OSS) for Simplified Approval Process (SAP) projects. This innovative solution for submitting SAP concept notes and funding proposals to GCF will improve the efficiency of managing SAP proposals and the transparency of the review process. Beginning 6 May, all GCF Accredited Entities and National Designated Authorities/Focal Points will be able to access the OSS and submit their SAP proposals online. From 15 June 2019, the OSS should be the standard way of submitting SAP proposals, and e-mail submissions only used in exceptional circumstances.
Adaptation: Accelerating action towards a climate resilient future
02 May 2019 / At Korea Global Adaptation Week in Songdo, GCF launched a new working paper, Adaptation: Accelerating Action Towards a Climate Resilient Future, to contribute to adaptation knowledge from the perspective of climate financing. The working paper provides an overview of adaptation and resilience challenges, as well as the distinction between them. Read the Executive Director's opening remarks at the launch of the paper.
Updated Funding Proposal template now available
07 Mar 2019 / The updated Funding Proposal template is now available. The revised template clarifies information requested for baseline, context and theory of change, while also simplifying financing information and investment criteria information required. It has also been restructured and condensed to reduce redundancies. Overall, the update strengthens many portions of the template that will help GCF Accredited Entities prepare high-quality funding proposals. Further guidance on project design and on filling out the template is being developed. GCF will accept both new and old versions of the template to ensure a smooth transition, ending 6 June 2019.
GCF projects under implementation hit the USD 2 billion mark
18 Feb 2019 / With Funded Activity Agreements for FP066 and FP058 coming into effect, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) marks another milestone – it now has USD 2 billion worth of projects under implementation. These projects help developing countries take climate action and meet their nationally determined contributions by shifting them to a low-emission and climate-resilient path.
SAP guidelines in French and Spanish
14 Feb 2019 / Simplified Approval Process (SAP) funding proposal preparation guidelines are now available in French and Spanish on our website. The new documents will make it easier for GCF Accredited Entities (AEs), National Designated Authorities (NDAs) and Focal Points to prepare high-quality project funding proposals under the SAP. Launched in 2017, SAP simplifies and streamlines GCF funding application process for smaller-scale projects or programmes.
Protecting indigenous communities through GCF projects
14 Feb 2019 / GCF's support for Indigenous Peoples was a topic examined at the Fourth Global Forum on Indigenous Peoples, hosted by IFAD from 12-13 February 2019. Leonardo Paat, senior safeguards specialist at GCF, explained the various mechanisms implemented by GCF to support indigenous communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change, and provided practical examples through projects that are currently being implemented.
13 Dec 2018 / A thought-provoking session at the GCF pavilion today explored how the private sector can mobilise capital to help developing countries deal with climate change. "We need innovation both in finance, technology and thinking to accelerate our response to climate change," Ayaan Adam, Director of GCF's Private Sector Facility, told the audience of the Innovative Finance session. Panellists and the audience discussed how to unlock private sector finances to generate the trillions of dollars needed to reduce emissions and make societies more climate resilient.
GCF accelerates project implementation at COP
13 Dec 2018 / GCF continued to use its presence at COP24 to drive climate action on the ground with its climate finance partners. This morning, it signed an agreement with Moroccan-based corporate and investment bank CDG Capital to enable this Direct Access Entity to begin proposing projects to receive GCF financing. In the evening, it set in place the legal framework to begin passing funds to Rwanda's Ministry of Environment in a project that will increase the climate resilience of farmers.
GEF-GCF event focuses on breaking silos for climate action
12 Dec 2018 / Naoko Ishii, CEO of the Global Environment Facility, stressed the importance of a system-based approach, and of breaking silos to fight climate change at a joint meeting with GCF at COP24. Javier Manzanares, GCF Executive Director a.i. identified three priorities for common action with GEF: scaling up projects, encouraging direct access, and developing country programmes. The need for cooperation was emphasised by Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, who stated that the two funds are the way forward in Costa Rica, and need to work together.