Dear Colleagues, It is nearing a year since the Paris Agreement to limit the global temperature rise to well below 2°C was reached in December 2015. In that time governments have been committing to Nationally Determined Contributions to drive greener, more climate-resilient growth and on 4 November 2016, the agreement will officially enter into force. At this historic point, the better use, tracking and budgeting of climate finance is only becoming more critical. Tracking climate finance at national and local levels assists governments in making more informed and effective climate related planning and budget decisions; identifies needs, opportunities and available resources; highlights financing gaps; and assists in making the case for additional resources where necessary. As momentum builds, our work to support governments and organisations will deepen and increase. This will improve climate financing and budgeting to deliver more equitable results to those who need them most. This work also assists in achieving UNDP's Global Programme goals that support countries to achieve the eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion. The UNDP Global Programme Report 2014-17 prioritises maximising countries' "readiness to access, sequence, combine, implement and evaluate the use of an emerging range of climate finance options." We will use this regular e-newsletter to send you updates and information regarding this work and let you know about our new services, trainings and reports while sharing views and news from around the world relevant to climate finance. If you would like any more information, to view our full reports, or find out what UNDP's Asia Pacific GCCF services may be of use to your government or organisation, please visit cfade.org. You can also follow us on Twitter, or get in touch with our experts through our our website. We hope you find the updates useful and please, pass on our newsletter to colleagues and others who may be interested. With our best wishes,
UNDP's Asia Pacific Governance of Climate Change Finance Team.
New Perspectives Spending on tackling climate change rises globally Governments around the world are spending more on tackling climate change, mostly in their own countries, according to the Climate Policy Initiative. Read More
CLIMATE CHANGE BUDGETING UPDATES A four-day technical exchange among officials from the Pakistan's Ministry of Finance and Climate Change and a leading environmental CSO with a delegation from the People's Republic of China came to a close on Friday 9th September, 2016.
The South-South exchange, convened by UNDP's Governance of Climate Change Finance (GCCF) programme with financial support from U.K.'s DFID, aimed to improve both countries' understanding of how to improve budget and financial management in light of climate change's increasingly severe impacts.
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Climate Proofing Cambodia's Agriculture and Infrastructure through the Budget Process Climate-proofing agriculture and infrastructure programmes is essential to ensuring continued services, especially during extreme climate events such as the Cambodian droughts in April and May 2016.
With this in mind, on July 28-29, two Cambodian Government Ministries participated in workshops facilitated by the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA), which is supported by UNDP's Asia Pacific GCCF team. The workshops covered the integration of climate change in the programmes and budget submissions of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
The General Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development was critical in supporting the workshops and technical support before and after the events.
The workshop was the second time CCCA provided support of this kind and both ministries have requested continuous support from CCCA.
UNDP Exchange in Nepal Improves Government and Civil Society Collaboration on Budgeting Climate Action A 2-day regional exchange in Kathmandu, Nepal brought together government representatives from 6 nations, a range of civil society organisations and other non-government representatives to improve collaboration to address climate change challenges through better budgeting at the national and sub national level.
The exchange, which was held on April 4-6, 2016, presented case studies of how to strengthen budget mechanisms to address the threats of climate change. Following that, gaps in budget processes that hinder better climate change budgeting were identified. Specific initiatives to improve collaboration between attendees on climate action in the future were then written into an initial action plan.
Improving collaboration between government and civil society was a common objective of all participants but challenges to effective collaboration remain. To better facilitate effective collaboration UNDP's GCCF Programme will continue providing support to identify priority areas for government and civil society to work together, supporting climate change research and analysis, supporting information dissemination and advocacy, and providing international experience and opportunities for south-south exchanges.
IN THE NEWS In Bangladesh, a focus on climate sensitive social protection schemes On October 2, a panel discussion entitled 'Scope of Adaptive Social Protection in Bangladesh: A Policy, Institutional and Expenditure Review' jointly organised by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Unnayan Shamannay was held at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).
The panel discussion focused on how sustainable and long term initiatives can play an important role in ensuring social protection for people affected by climate change, especially the poor and those who live in a vulnerable situation.
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UNDP launch drive to highlight climate change for journalists in Pakistan The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) in collaboration with UNDP has launched a media sensitisation campaign to highlight climate change issues and challenges affecting the country.
The campaign is aimed to increase journalists' awareness of the emerging threats of climate change so that they can better portray the challenge to readers and improve understanding of initiatives to deal with the issue.
EVENTS 5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum
Colombo, Sri Lanka from 17-20 October, 2016.
'The 5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 17-20 October, 2016, bringing together policymakers, scientists, donors, youth and representatives from over 50 countries.
Specialists from the Governance of Climate Change Financing team led a session on “Mainstreaming Climate Finance into National and Local Budgets" at which Climate Change Financial Frameworks were discussed in detail.
GCCF specialists presented on a panel session titled "vertical integration: lessons from local level adaption planning" on behalf of UNDP. This session, co-organised by Institute of Global Environmental Strategies, Japan, focused on how countries are overcoming challenges in achieving climate-resilient development and funding investments that ensure strong co-benefits for poverty alleviation and good governance.
Additionally, the report "Making Local Governance Fit For Purpose: A framework for an integrated climate change response at the local level" was launched at the Forum.
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Regional Dialogue on Financing Climate Resilient Growth in South Asia, September 2016 The Regional Dialogue on Financing Climate Resilient Growth in South Asia was held in Kathmandu on September 26th and 27th. The dialogue focused on practical issues of mainstreaming climate change adaptation in planning, budgeting and spending at national and sub-national levels.
At the dialogue, members of the GCCF team facilitated panel sessions and launched the publication 'Charting New Territory- A Stocktake of CCFF's in the Asia Pacific' which reviews work related to Climate Change Financing Frameworks (CCFFs) in Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan and six Indian states.
The Dialogue witnessed participation from senior government representatives from Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, who shared their experiences of budgeting and financing approaches to support climate resilient economic growth. Government counterparts from Neal and Pakistan also discussed specific challenges and early success in creating and building upon their CCFF road maps with the Pakistan Prime Minister's focal person on climate change sharing experiences and insight into securing international climate finance.
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PUBLICATIONS
Charting New Territory: A Stocktake of Climate Change Financing Frameworks in Asia Pacific This new report was released by the GCCF team in September 2016.
Climate Change Financing Frameworks (CCFFs) provide a structured response to climate change by establishing a guide to better managing climate finance and gauging the adequacy and effectiveness of climate-related expenditures.
This report provides a brief overview of CCFF work in the region and lists the main achievements, challenges and priorities of CCFFs by specific countries.
This Stock Take is the first of four outputs from a wider CCFF Review, which will also include a Conceptual Model and a Guidance Note as well as an internal strategy document for UNDP.
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Making Local Governance Fit For Purpose: A framework for an integrated climate change response at the local level In October 2016 the GCCF team launched the framework for an integrated climate change response at the local level. The paper proposes a Framework to support local governments to better manage local climate responses while delivering long-term development plans.
The framework focuses on strengthening integrated programming at the local level – integrated programming takes multiple dimensions of climate change, poverty and gender into account.
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