GCF and GEF harmonise steps to follow developing country lead in climate finance
Da Nang, 27 Jun 2018
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) agreed yesterday to take joint steps to improve climate finance flows to best meet the needs of developing countries in tackling the global climate challenge.
The heads of the two organisations, GCF Executive Director Howard Bamsey and the GEF’s CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii, met together with several developing country ministers to consider how the two funds can best promote complementarity and coherence in their ongoing climate finance support.
Mr Bamsey said it is only natural GCF and the GEF work closely together as they are both helping countries implement the Paris Agreement as operating entities of the Financial Mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“It is essential that we continue to strengthen the synergies between our two funds to simplify the architecture of climate finance,” he said. “This will help us ensure countries receive coordinated financial inputs that best suit their needs in driving low-emission and climate-resilient development.”
Mr Bamsey portrayed the GEF as a valuable climate finance partner while speaking at a combined GCF-GEF ministerial dialogue before the GEF’s 6th Assembly, currently being held in Da Nang, Viet Nam.
He also congratulated Ms Ishii on the recent decision by nearly 30 governments to approve a $4.1 billion replenishment of the GEF’s new four-year investment cycle.
Ms Ishii expressed how pleased she was that GCF was now fully up and running, stating “the GEF and the GCF now have the opportunity to work together on our respective roles in helping countries respond to the negative impacts of climate change.”
Stressing the urgency of the global climate challenge, Ms Ishii noted how GEF’s new investment cycle (GEF-7) puts an emphasis on addressing the underlying drivers of environmental degradation and will result in more climate benefits.
She said: “In GEF-7, the GEF will double the target for greenhouse gas emissions mitigated from GEF projects compared to the last funding cycle.”