Stakeholders have expressed strong commitment to the development of Ghana’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) Country Programme. This would help introduce a development process of the country’s programme to stakeholders and solicit feedback.
This came to light at the launch of the development process of the GCF Country Programme (CP) for Ghana, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Finance in Accra.
Acting Resident Representative of the UNDP Ghana, Aeneas Chuma, explained that Programme would be crucial in determining which sectors, programmes, and projects the country would want to prioritize with the fund that can attract the needed funding to help deal with the effects of climate change.
He pledged UNDP’s continued support to the Government with the needed emphasis on the importance of mobilizing stakeholders to develop the country programme.
“The development of Ghana’s GCF Country Programme is timely, as it helps the country to make transparent decisions on what programmes and projects would be better suited to help meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement,” Aeneas Chuma noted.
Dr. Alhassan Iddrisu, the Director of the Economic Strategy & Research Division (ESRD) at the Ministry of Finance also noted that climate change has become a big issue in global discourse because of the serious risks it poses to the survival of lives on the planet.
He acknowledged government’s effort in working assiduously with other stakeholders to implement policies and programmes, including the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which is aimed at combating climate change.
‘’As a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) and a party to the Paris Agreement, Ghana has initiated programmes that have led to the mainstreaming of climate change in our economic and financial policies’’, Dr. Iddrisu stated.
Country Coordinator for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Saadia Babtoya Owusu Amofah, said the collaborative nature of the process remains very significant because it will allow the voices of all stakeholders be heard.
“This will ensure successful development and implementation of the GCF Country Programme,” he stated.
The programme brought together Civil Society Organizations, youth groups, as well as agencies and organizations within the public and private sectors. The Stakeholders also expressed satisfaction with the inclusive process and pledged their full support
The GCF was established in 2010 as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), designed to disburse new and additional resources to developing countries to address climate change.
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