2017: Howard Bamsey takes up the role of GCF Executive Director, as the Fund moves towards implementing its ambitious project portfolio around the planet.
2016: Marks GCF’s first full year of operations, with the Fund developing a project portfolio of 35 projects, worth over USD 1.5 billion by the end of the year, to be implemented by its 48 Accredited Entities.
2015: The first investment decisions are taken, including both mitigation and adaptation projects, meeting the target set by the UNFCCC in advance of the Paris COP. 195 countries agree to the historic Paris Agreement, which GCF now serves as a financial mechanism of the Convention.
2014: Following the establishment of its operational principles and guidelines, GCF commences its initial resource mobilization, raising over USD 10 billion equivalent by the end of the year. Initial mobilization lasts until 2018, while the Fund remains open for further contributions during this time from both public and private sources.
2013: GCF’s first Executive Director Héla Cheikhrouhou is appointed. The Fund establishes its permanent headquarters in Songdo, Republic of Korea, in December 2013.
2012: GCF’s governing Board holds its first meetings. The Board is equally balanced with members from both developed and developing countries.
2011: GCF’s Governing Instrument is adopted in Durban, South Africa (COP 17), where it is given the mandate to make “an ambitious contribution to the global efforts towards attaining the goals set by the international community to combat climate change.”
2010: The COP in Cancun, Mexico (COP 16), decides to establish GCF.
2009: The general concept for GCF is first proposed at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC in Copenhagen, Denmark (COP 15).