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GCF strengthens private sector push in agreement with Proparco

GCF has enhanced its ability to tap financing from the business world with the recent signing of an Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA) with Proparco, the private sector arm of the development agency of France. The AMA sets the legal framework for Proparco to begin proposing and implementing climate finance projects in developing countries as a GCF Accredited Entity. Proparco plays a pivotal role in the Choose Africa initiative, launched earlier this year by French President Emmanuel Macron to encourage EUR 2.5 billion of investment in SMEs in Africa.

Learn about GCF’s REDD+ support during June webinars

GCF will host the first of a series of REDD+ webinars on 19 and 20 June to provide information about the Fund’s support for this financing method which reduces greenhouse gases while also protecting and restoring forests. Intended for both seasoned REDD+ practitioners and those new to REDD+, the sessions will cover all three REDD+ phases - including GCF’s start in February to making Results-Based Payments to countries proven to have halted deforestation. Three separate webinars will be conducted in English, French and Spanish.

Senegal climate resilience receives a boost with funding agreement

GCF has signed an agreement with Senegal's Centre de Suivi Écologique (CSE) to enhance the ability of local populations to deal with increasing soil salinisation caused by climate change. The signing of the Funded Activity Agreement (FAA) allows for this GCF Board-approved USD 8.2 million project to begin implementation. Planned activities by CSE, a Senegalese environmental monitoring centre, include strengthening the country’s ability to mainstream climate change into land management plans.

Preventing sexual abuse in projects: Learnings from the World Bank

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

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

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.

Importance of adaptation planning highlighted at Korea Global Adaptation Week

The Korea Global Adaptation Week (KGAW), which concludes in Songdo today, emphasised the importance of adaptation planning for catalysing climate action and adaptation finance at the scale needed by developing countries. Effective adaptation planning can be done through a combination of approaches. GCF organised a Regional Technical Expert Meeting on Adaptation (TEM-A) on how to enhance the participation of the private sector in financing adaptation to climate change.

Updated Funding Proposal template now available

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

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

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

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.

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.

GCF accelerates project implementation at COP

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

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.

Simplified Approval Process: promoting access to GCF resources

GCF’s event on the Simplified Approval Process (SAP) featured contributions from Ambassador Feturi - known as the champion of the process for his role in its development, as well as from the Rwandan Ministry of Environment, the Cook Islands, and the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia - a GCF accredited entity which brought the first SAP project to be approved by the GCF Board.

Not just buildings! Climate resilient infrastructure debate stresses need for broad approach

Climate-resilient infrastructure is not just about concrete buildings, but also includes the "soft" infrastructure of social welfare: this was one of the key messages of a climate-resilient integrated infrastructure event hosted by GCF at COP24 today. Iñigo Ruiz-Apilanez, a civil engineer with engineering consultancy Arup, told participants that an effective adaptation approach requires considering social stresses, such as differences in incomes and who owns climate-impacted land. Lia Nicholson, a government project expert from Antigua and Barbuda, warned nations will increasingly face climate impacts such as in her country, which was hit by a category 5 hurricane last year after a three-year drought.

Science provides rationale for rational climate action

Strong science lies at the cornerstone of all effective climate action, participants heard at a GCF event held on the sidelines of COP24. Maxx Dilley, the WMO's climate prediction and adaptation director, said that a reliance on scientific evidence extends beyond providing early warning of climate disasters. Energy investments need to account for wind speeds and solar radiation, while agricultural climate projects should measure soil moisture, he said. Pa Ousman Jarju, Director of GCF's Country Programming Division, said that GCF readiness funding is available to help developing countries plan climate projects around the latest in scientific evidence.

Armenia grants P&Is to GCF

Armenia today signed a Privileges and Immunities agreement with GCF. Erik Gregoryan, Armenian Acting Minister of Nature Protection, signed the agreement with GCF Executive Director a.i. Javier Manzanares in the margins of COP24. The agreement, which is in line with those of other international organisations, will protect GCF's assets and ensure the effective performance of the Fund's activities. Signing such agreements was recommended in a decision of the COP for parties to the UNFCCC.

GCF leader says climate finance needs to consider risk and opportunity

Speaking at the Ministerial dialogue on climate finance, GCF Executive Director a.i. Javier Manzanares said that effective climate finance requires close collaboration with developing countries to identify climate risks and opportunities. He stressed that GCF can help developing countries translate their Nationally Determined Contributions into investment plans and bankable projects, and that the GCF Readiness programme helps build the capacity of developing countries to come up with climate projects that best match national conditions.

Norway announces doubling of support as GCF outlines contribution to global stocktake

Norway announced today that will double its contribution to GCF as part of the Fund’s replenishment. At the same Ministerial session on global stocktaking, GCF Executive Director a.i. Javier Manzanares outlined the GCF's contribution to global efforts on climate change over the past five years, noting that at the time of the last COP meeting in Poland (COP19) GCF had been just "an aspiration," but that it was now delivering results on the ground. Grenada emphasised that ongoing GCF support is critical to the country and other SIDS, and commended Germany and Norway for showing leadership in supporting the early stages of GCF’s current replenishment drive.