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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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GCF 101 series provides introduction to the Fund

The GCF 101 briefing series, aimed at introducing the core elements of GCF programmes and activities is gaining popularity at COP24. This, as more people express eagerness in gaining a better understanding of how the Fund operates and how to engage with it. Today, GCF colleagues hosted three 101 sessions, focusing on Readiness, Privileges & Immunities and overall GCF operations. The schedule of next 101 sessions are listed in the COP24 section.

Evaluation of the GCF Result Management Framework

A discussion on the evaluation of GCF's Result Management Framework (RMF) was held today in the sidelines of COP24. Jo Puri, Head of GCF's Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU), provided a review of mechanisms and tools to measure the impacts of GCF's climate activities, focusing on how the Fund can learn and strengthen its frameworks. GCF Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Rajib Ghosal discussed how GCF has been conducting a comparative analysis of other measurement tools and criteria to update the performance measurement framework. External perspectives were provided by EBRD, UNDP, the UK's BEIS, as well as CCAP - who conducted its own analysis of the RMF.

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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