Dear Colleagues, Greetings from UNDP's Asia Pacific Governance of Climate Change Finance Team. Since our last newsletter there have been a number of changes to the global climate action landscape. With some extra commitments made and some added uncertainty, one thing remains clear: climate change finance must continue to become more effective to better target the poorest and the most vulnerable. This is especially the case considering that most countries are now looking to implement and, crucially, to finance their Nationally Determined Contributions to achieve their Paris Agreement goals – this is where rubber hits the road in terms of climate finance. Regardless of the political landscapes we face, our work with our partners to improve national budgets to better target, monitor and mobilise climate finance is growing in importance. As such we have been moving forward with the development and implementation of our tools to improve the transparency and effectiveness of budgets throughout the region. Additionally, with the signing of a new partnership with Sweden, the Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to Enhance Gender Equality initiative, our programme is looking to include gender and human rights focuses into our climate finance work more than ever before.

Thanks to support from our government and civil society counterparts, a number of key budget reforms are now being finalised, donors and partners are reaffirming commitments, and our strategic vision is being refined and solidified.
We have a series of new products in their final stages including guidance notes on Climate Change Financing Frameworks, Climate Citizens Budgets, Public Expenditure Tracking and transparency reviews of countries throughout the region. In particular, our flagship tool - Climate Change Financing Frameworks - is moving ahead in both Nepal and Pakistan. Our team is also expanding to better reflect our renewed focus on gender, human rights and poverty alleviation. Our team prides itself on the varied and deep skill sets of our members, so the recruitment of gender and human rights expertise is an exciting indication of how our scope continues to grow through the success of our on-going work. If you would like any more information, to view our full reports, or find out which of UNDP's Asia Pacific GCCF services may be of use to your government or organisation, please visit CFADE.ORG and we invite you to follow us on Twitter.

With our best wishes,
UNDP's Asia Pacific Governance of Climate Change Finance Team.
UNDP AND SWEDEN RENEW STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP On March 16 our team and the Government of Sweden signed a 90 million Krona (approx. US$10 million) partnership to strengthen the governance of climate change finance and budgeting in Asia and the Pacific. This is the second phase of a partnership that has been working to integrate climate change within budget processes since 2012. Read More
CLIMATE CHANGE BUDGETING UPDATES Expanding our team - Widening our Scope - Improving our Focus UNDP’s Governance of Climate Change Finance team works with partners and collaborators across Asia and the Pacific. While our diversity and local expertise is a key strength- the team comes together occasionally to share ideas, experiences and visions for the future. On 8-10 February, 2017 members from 7 UNDP country offices and the Bangkok regional hub met in Thailand for a team workshop. UN Women and UN Environment along with civil society groups such as the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) also joined to add external views and expertise. Read More
Climate Change Financing Framework Roadmaps in Pakistan and Nepal Being Finalised In Nepal and Pakistan UNDP has been assisting the government to create Climate Change Financing Frameworks (CCFFs) to better mobilise, manage and target domestic and international climate change finance. CCFF are the flagship products of UNDP GCCF programme.
These whole-of-government frameworks assist governments in designing and funding mitigation and adaptation actions. Following consultations and meetings with key stakeholders, final drafts of CCFF road maps have been presented to the two governments , marking a large step forward for the development of the frameworks.
These outline suites of governance and budget reforms including budget planning, formulation and coding.
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Establishment of Working Committee on Climate Change Finance in Pakistan Parliamentary engagement is underway in Pakistan with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly through an orientation session on Climate Change Financing in Peshawar.
Working in partnership with UNDP’s programme on Strengthening Legislative and Electoral Processes (SLEP) the GCCF organised event was attended by 24 Members of the provincial assembly representing members of the Women’s Caucus, and the SDGs Task-Force.
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IN THE NEWS Pakistan’s Climate Change Minister, Zahid Hamid, Briefed on Climate Change Financing Framework Pakistan Tribe - ISLAMABAD – A meeting was held at Ministry of Climate Change chaired by the Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid. In the meeting Federal Minister was briefed about the progress on preparation of Climate Change Financing Framework.
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EVENTS UNDP Fiji Officially Launches Climate Public Expenditure and Investment Review
UNDP Pacific Resident Representative, Ms. Osnat Lubrani and Fiji's Permanent Secretary Economy, Ms. Makereta Konorote officially launched the country's Climate Public Expenditure and Investment Review (CPEIR) in Suva on March 16. Fiji is on the frontline of climate change with increased droughts, floods and cyclones threatening lives, livelihoods, and the country's economy.

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The Global NDC Conference 2017 The Global NDC Conference 2017 is jointly organized by GIZ, UNDP, and the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) in collaboration with the NDC Partnership.
The Conference will be a 3-day practical exchange for government practitioners and policy makers from up to 100 countries preceded by a high-level reception of the German Federal Government at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB). More Information
New Products
Late last year we distributed new outreach materials giving a broad overview of our work and history of efforts in Asia and the Pacific. A brochure and a booklet have been presented at workshops and distributed to country teams. You can see the booklet and the brochure below
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UNDP's Asia Pacific Governance of Climate Change Finance (GCCF) programme provides governments and civil society with a whole-of-government 'integrated' approach - a core-strength of UNDP's work and experience. GCCF's diverse team of specialists have a breadth of experience in public financial management, governance and climate change along with a history of working effectively with Ministries of Finance. The team provides tools and advice to ensure climate funds are mobilized, managed and targeted more effectively through the budget process. CFADE.ORG The Governance of Climate Change Finance for Asia-Pacific programme is supported by