GCF: 2018 Letter to Partners

 

 

Dear GCF Partners and friends,

We at the Green Climate Fund hope 2018 has started well for you and that it will be a productive and rewarding year. As 2018 rolls on, we would like to outline our plans for the next twelve months. The Board’s work programme for 2018 underscores GCF’s overarching priority of focusing on quality, while increasing efforts to move more funding proposals into implementation and scaling up disbursement.

 

2017 ended with considerable achievements in the global climate endeavour. The One Planet Summit in France during December demonstrated how climate action is being mainstreamed across all areas of society, especially in the private sector. In November, COP23 offered further proof we are making headway in achieving multilateral consensus to meet the Paris Agreement's central goal of keeping the global average temperature rise below 2 Celsius, and as close as possible to 1.5.

 

But success is not guaranteed. The host of the One Planet Summit, French President Emmanuel Macron, warned "we are losing the battle" against climate change. At COP23, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change Patricia Espinosa highlighted how climate change is already manifest in the "severe and unprecedented natural calamities that hit homes, families and economies in Asia, the Caribbean and the Americas."

 

And 2017 is set to be among the three warmest years on record. We share with you a sense of urgency that more needs to be done.

 

At GCF, our way ahead is clear. We will step up our efforts to assist developing countries adopt low-emission and climate-resilient pathways by financing climate finance projects and programmes as well as through our readiness support. We will expand our current portfolio of 53 climate change projects and programmes in 73 countries, which currently commits USD 2.64 billion in GCF resources to realise USD 9.2 billion total investment. This represents a doubling of the number of projects and programmes and more than a doubling of the funding committed in 2016.

 

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Welcome to our new partner the Earth and Life lnstitute of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)!!!

Brussels, March 12, 2019, The Earth and Life institute of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), has officially joined the members of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP). As part of the accession process, the Earth and Life institute of the UCLouvain submitted the required documents and agreed to abide by the CBFP members’ cooperation framework in promoting sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central Africa

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CBFP Mission to Libreville: CBFP Facilitator meets with Vice-President and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Gabon

Following his discussion with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the CBFP Facilitator talked with the Vice-President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Pierre Maganga Moussavou who reaffirmed the commitment of the Head of State. He expressed the wish that logging companies and large plantations would invest in improving the livelihoods of local populations in their operating areas, and especially improving their habitat.

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CBFP Mission to Libreville: Minister of State François Xavier de Donnea discusses with technical and financial partners

The CBFP Facilitator had several working meetings with, amongst others: Ambassador François Fall, Special Representative of the United Nations SG for Central Africa; the Deputy Secretary General of ECCAS, Ms. Marie-Thérèse Mfoula; Ambassador Helmut Kulitz, accompanied by Mr. Jean Huchon and Ignacio Sobrino from DUE and Ms. Muriel Soret from the French Embassy; representatives of the ADB, the World Bank and UNODC in Libreville.

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CBFP Mission to Libreville: Facilitator meets with Gabon’s private sector

The CBFP Facilitator held discussions with Ms. Jacqueline Van De Pol, ITTTA representative (International Technical Tropical Timber Association) in Libreville and Mr. Lee White, Executive Secretary of Gabon’s National Agency of National Parks.

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Minister of State François-Xavier de DONNEA, Belgian facilitator of the CBFP provides Gabon’s highest authorities with an overview of cross-border threats to the country’s forest resources and biodiversity.

From 5 to 8 March 2019, Minister of State François-Xavier de DONNEA, Belgian facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership conducted a working visit to the highest authorities of Gabon. The aim of the trip to Gabon was to review cross-border threats to Gabon’s forest resources and biodiversity and present the CBFP’s results and prospects in this regard.

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Npr-Chinese 'Ivory Queen' Sentenced To 15 Years In Jail In Tanzania

A convicted Chinese trafficker known as the "ivory queen" has been sentenced to 15 years in jail by a Tanzanian court. Yang Fenglan, who has lived in Tanzania on and off for decades and operated a Chinese restaurant, was found guilty of working with two Tanzanian men to smuggle more than 800 pieces of ivory between 2000 and 2004, as Reuters reported.

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apnews-Wildlife group: Malaysia seizes record 30-ton pangolin haul

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities have seized a record 30 tons of pangolin and pangolin products in eastern Sabah state on Borneo, the biggest such bust in the country, a wildlife monitoring group said Tuesday.

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Climate Commission for the Sahel Region, a shining example ...

 The Climate Commission for the Sahel Region gathered for a round table meeting which raised 3.41 billion in funding for the Sahel Region Climate Investment Plan (SR-CIP 2018-2030) and the Priority Program for Catalyzing Climate Investments in the Sahel (PPCI 2020-2025). The round table was organized by the Government of the Republic of Niger on behalf of the Climate Commission for the Sahel Region with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Chair of the Technical and Financial Partners of the SR-CIP.

 

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