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The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP24, will be held from 3-14 December 2018 at Katowice, Poland. One of the most important tasks of this year's conference is to adopt a package of decisions ensuring the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. The event will likewise include facilitative dialogues intended to support the implementation of national commitments.

GCF is part of the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC and serves the Paris Agreement. The Fund reports its activities to the Conference of the Parties, which in turn provides GCF with guidance on its operations.

Climate finance is critical to combating climate change, and GCF has a key role to play. GCF has recently launched its first replenishment process, and you can find out more on our replenishment website.

We will be talking more about how an ambitious and successful replenishment will enable GCF to achieve even greater impact in supporting developing countries’ climate goals throughout the COP, including at our side event ‘Successful Start. Ambitious Future’ on 12 December.

Updates from Katowice

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Innovative finance

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.

Side Events

GCF is holding two events as part of the official UNFCCC side events at the COP. One will focus on political developments relating to the launch of the GCF replenishment, whilst the second will address issues relating to GCF’s operations and evaluation (and will be co-organised with GCF’s Independent Evaluation Unit).

5 Dec / 13:15—14:45 / Room Bug (Area G)

GCF Operations update and lessons emerging from ongoing evaluations

12 Dec / 18:30—20:00 / Room Pieniny (Area G)

Successful start. Ambitious future.

Pavilion Events

During the COP we are pleased to be able to host a number of events at our pavilion within Zone E. We will be organising a series of events focusing on GCF’s climate impact. These events will focus on different areas of climate action and will feature speakers from our Accredited Entities (our project partners), NDAs (our developing country contact points) and others. Every day we will also be hosting a series of informal briefing meetings to explain different aspects of our operations. We call these 'GCF 101' events, since they are designed to provide a practical introduction to our rules and procedures. The 101 events will be led by specialists from within the GCF Secretariat and will be an informal chance to ask questions and learn more about GCF.


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