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Green Climate Fund: USD 1.26 billion for climate action in developing countries

The GCF Board endorsed eleven climate projects, committing USD 489.8 million of GCF resources. With co-financing, the eleven projects total USD 1.26 billion.

With the new projects approved, GCF’s overall portfolio now stands at USD 13.9 billion, with a total value of USD 53 billion of assets under management, including co-financing.

The projects contribute to GCF’s second strategic programming priorities for 2024-2027 with a strong focus on directly supporting vulnerable countries adapt to climate change. These include projects in the Cook Islands, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Pakistan. Seven projects target Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and African States.

The diverse projects bring innovation, impact and are groundbreaking on several fronts. The Acumen Climate Action Pakistan Fund aims to establish a USD 80 million climate fund and is Pakistan's first woman-led adaptation-focused fund supporting agribusinesses. In the Cook Islands, the first single-country project will be rolled out – the first brought by a national organisation (Direct Access Entity) – and the first solely targeting climate and health in the Pacific region.

Project agreements were also signed for five projects after the Board’s approval, reflecting the urgency by GCF and project partners to deliver projects on the ground.

Green Climate Fund Executive Director, Mafalda Duarte said: "Today, our Board has once again proven that the Green Climate Fund is delivering faster climate action and setting new benchmarks. Their leadership has made it possible to approve the largest number of GCF-approved initiatives led by developers from the Global South, and to begin programming with eight new implementing partners, known as Accredited Entities. I’m thrilled that two of these entities will be the first in their respective countries to access GCF resources. In addition, we reached another milestone: two project agreements signed in Kigali are immediately moving into implementation. Through these accomplishments we are also honouring the legacy of the late Daniel Machado da Fonseca, a tireless advocate for developing countries and climate action as well as Brazil's representative on the GCF Board, whom we tragically lost this week. The least we can do in his memory is raise our collective ambition to address the crises before us."

The GCF Board approved the accreditation of eight new organisations – six are sub-national, national or regional organisations from Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Mexico, Colombia and Panama.

Also on the agenda were discussions on the way forward with a GCF regional presence, exploring how better to support the countries and regions it serves; and the financing of results-based payment for REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation).

It was the first meeting for the newly appointed Co-chairs, Milagros De Camps German from the Dominican Republic and Sarah Metcalf from the United Kingdom. Victoria Gunderson, GCF Board member, and former Co-chair, was appointed Co-chair for the meeting in place of Sarah Metcalf who was unable to attend.

Members of the Board visited the GCF-backed Green Gicumbi project in northern Rwanda organised by Ministry of Environment on 7 March. The project increases the climate resilience of vulnerable communities in nine sectors of the Gicumbi district. People here are restoring and enhancing local ecosystems and the capacity of communities to sustainably manage forest resources.

The 39th Board meeting will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 15-18 July 2024.

Notes to editors:

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the world’s largest dedicated climate fund. GCF’s mandate is to foster a paradigm shift towards low emission, climate-resilient development pathways in developing countries.GCF has over 250 projects, a portfolio of USD 13.9 billion (USD 53 billion including co-financing) delivering transformative climate action in more than 129 developing countries.

It also has a readiness support programme that builds capacity and helps countries develop long-term plans to fight climate change. GCF is an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and serves the 2015 Paris Agreement, supporting the goal of keeping average global temperature rise well below 2°C.

Due to a family emergency, and following Board regulations, co-chair, Sarah Metcalf from the United Kingdom, was replaced on an interim basis at the Kigali meeting by Victoria Gunderson from the United States of America.

There are two types of GCF Accredited Entities: Direct Access Entities and International Access Entities. Direct Access Entities are sub-national, national or regional organisations that need to be nominated by developing country National Designated Authorities (NDAs) or focal points.

Organisations nominated to become Direct Access Entities may be eligible to receive GCF readiness support. This funding is designed to help organisations in developing countries prepare to become Accredited Entities, as well as helping those which have already been accredited to strengthen their organisational capacities.

International Access Entities can include United Nations agencies, multilateral development banks, international financial institutions and regional institutions. GCF considers these organisations to have the wide reach and expertise to handle a variety of climate change issues, including ones that cross borders and thematic areas. International Access Entities do not need to be nominated by developing country NDAs/ focal points.

To view the full list of the funding proposals approved, please click here.
  • SAP034 Akamatutu’anga To Tatou Ora’anga Meitaki (ATOM): Building a healthy and resilient Cook Islands Community – one block at a time
  • SAP035 Building the Adaptive Capacity of Sugarcane Farmers in Northern Belize (BaC-SuF)
  • SAP036 Sierra Leone Coastal Resilience Project (SLCRP)
  • SAP037 Avaana Sustainability Fund
  • FP225 E-Mobility Programme
  • FP226 Resilient Puna: Ecosystem based Adaptation for sustainable High Andean communities and ecosystems in Peru
  • FP227 Increase Resilience to Climate Change of Smallholders Receiving the Services of the Inclusive Agricultural Value Chains Programme (DEFIS +)
  • FP228 Cambodian Climate Financing Facility
  • FP229 Acumen Climate Action Pakistan Fund
  • FP230 Kuali Fund-GCF
  • FP231 Accelerating Solar Action Program (ASAP)
Five project agreements were signed with: 1) SAP034 submitted by MFEM, Cook Islands; 2) SAP035 – CCCCC, Belize; 3) SAP036 – SCA, Sierra Leone; 4) FP226 – GiZ, Peru and 5) FP227 – IFAD, Madagascar.The eight new accredited organisations are:
  • Banco de Comercio Exterior de Colombia S.A. (Bancóldex), based in Colombia.
  • Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos, S.N.C (BANOBRAS), based in Mexico.
  • Cities and Villages Development Bank (CVDB), based in Jordan.
  • Community Development and Investment Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic (ARIS), based in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Nepal Investment Mega Bank Limited (NIMB), based in Nepal.
  • Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamento de Infraestructura, S.A. (CIFI), based in Panama.
  • Terra Global Capital, LLC (Terra Global), based in the United States of America.
  • International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), based in Japan.