The Green Climate Fund (GCF) joins the global community in expressing its deep concern for the wellbeing of individuals and their families who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This worldwide pandemic is more devastating than any in living memory, and GCF has not been spared. To date, three GCF staff members and one colleague from a partner organisation have tested positive for COVID-19. The extended GCF family is greatly affected by this situation. Our primary concern, of course, is for the health and welfare of the concerned individuals, their loved ones and the public at large.
The Green Climate Fund is working hand-in-hand with public health officials, medical experts and the authorities of the Republic of Korea, where GCF is based, as well as those in other countries. Together, we are taking all necessary steps to limit the risks of exposure and transmission of COVID-19. These actions supplement a range of precautionary measures that GCF put in place in February, when coronavirus infections were escalating in the Republic of Korea, in a concerted effort to protect our staff and their families.
In the face of this reality, and despite serious challenges, the Green Climate Fund is committed to ensuring continuity of our operations – in a more agile, adaptable and virtual way – so that we can deliver on our critical mandate to combat climate change in developing countries. The current health emergency and attendant economic upheaval only serves to underscore the importance of acting urgently and effectively to support the most vulnerable and at-risk communities across the globe.