Germany partners with UNDP to support vulnerable countries on climate change policy-making
Geneva – 14 June, 2016: Germany signed a 100,000 Euro Federal Foreign Office grant in support of 2016 activities of governments collaborating in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group of Ministers of Finance, whose Secretariat is hosted by UNDP.
Germany’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Dr. Ulrich Seidenberger said that Germany was very pleased to contribute to the important work of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and its associated “V20” finance ministers’ group. “We recognize the impact climate change may have on development, especially where already vulnerable countries are hit by extreme weather events. It is of utmost importance that vulnerable developing countries are heard in policy-making arenas relevant to climate change from the financial institutions to migration to health and not least the UNFCCC. We are happy to help this partnership of countries to build capacities in this regard together with the UNDP.”
Philippine Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Cecilia Rebong said thanks to the support of their partners, countries on the climate frontline have been increasingly active in cooperating across sectors where their interests are at stake. “We will continue our engagement in order to help shape better responses to protect populations from the constant threat of climate change. We therefore look forward to further building up our capacities in these areas, for which this new assistance from the German Federal government will make an important contribution.”
UNDP Geneva Director, Maria Luisa Silva said UNDP was proud of all that has been accomplished. “The activity will support a number of strategic events that enable the members to extend the impact of their cooperation and advocacy on a whole range of critical climate policy issues, from finance to topics addressed here in Geneva, such as labour and health.”
The grant agreement will support UNDP to enhance the capacity of representatives of climate vulnerable countries to contribute to move effective policy-making at international and national levels. It will specifically support strategic global policy events of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and V20 focused on priority issues of these to related cooperative bodies that represent one billion climate vulnerable people in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific.
UNDP is the largest service provider in the UN System on climate change and manages a $2.3 billion portfolio of mitigation and adaptation projects across nearly 170 countries globally. UNDP’s work focuses on supporting country partners to make progress on SDG7 and SDG13, on sustainable energy and climate change respectively, as well as working with countries to develop and implement their targets and actions towards the Paris Agreement. UNDP’s ultimate goal, a zero-carbon, resilient path to sustainable development.
Photo caption: UNDP Geneva Director, Maria Luisa Silva; Philippine Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Cecilia Rebong and Germany’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Dr. Ulrich Seidenberger; Source: German Permanent Missions in Geneva (Website)