GCF Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean
6–9 November 2018, St. George's, Grenada
The second GCF Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean will take place in St. George’s, Grenada on 6-9-November 2018.
Climate change is arguably the most serious challenge to the development efforts of the Caribbean region. The recent spate of extreme weather-induced devastation in the Caribbean has elevated the need to include climate resilience in regional reconstruction and planning strategies. In addition, the Caribbean region is also suffering from slow-onset processes related to climate change, of which sea-level rise and the reduced availability and security of fresh water resources are the most salient. Countries in the Caribbean demand support now to rebuild, and to accelerate effective climate action. This includes the need for a new generation of critical infrastructure and related investments that are low-carbon and risk-informed. The region's ability to access the necessary resources to address these issues will be crucial in minimising the social and economic challenges brought on by climate change, as well as to contribute to a low-emission, climate-resilient development trajectory.
Held in the context of the GCF Strategic Plan (2016), the first Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean took place in Placencia, Belize from 19-22 June 2017. This initial engagement helped to accelerate the design of ambitious projects and programmes that conform with countries' climate action aspirations and to the GCF mandate. Building on these efforts and achievements, the second Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean aims to catalyse greater regional cooperation to address the challenges of climate change in the Caribbean. In so doing, this Dialogue will provide an opportunity to reflect on progress and capture lessons learned towards strengthening and streamlining implementation; exploring further investment opportunities including with the private sector; fostering sustainable country ownership and programming; and building effective partnerships.
The event will bring together high-level representatives, including Heads of State and Ministers of countries in the Caribbean, other senior government officials, including representatives of the GCF National Designated Authorities (NDAs) and Focal Points (FPs), Accredited/Nominated Entities, Readiness delivery partners, civil society organisations, private sector representatives, Members of the GCF Board, and the GCF Secretariat staff, among others. The Dialogue will include one high-level day with the participation of Heads of State, Ministers and other senior policy-makers to exchange experiences on tackling climate change issues and developing climate change adaptation and mitigation investments in their respective countries (6 November), two full-day substantive technical sessions on the GCF’s operational modalities and opportunities (7-8 November) and one day (9 November) reserved for a “market place” where country-owned projects will be presented by NDAs to receive feedback from stakeholders and help identify the most suitable accredited entity to work with, as well as allowing time for structured bilateral meetings with countries, accredited entities and other stakeholders. In total, the four days will provide a unique and timely platform for all GCF partners to strengthen collaboration in the region.