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2nd National Stakeholder session on Green Climate fund held

Civil society Organization working in the area of Climate Change have been advised to build their capacities to enable them access opportunities presented by the Green Climate Fund.

Experts at a meeting to discuss the GCF in Accra recently pointed out that some civil society organizations who presented proposals in order to access the GCF lacked capacity, hence the need for them to up their game as well embrace the culture of partnership to be able to access the GCF.

‘CSOs need to put their expertise together. You need partnership so that you  can access  some  of these available opportunities, ”said  Mr Peter Justice Dery,  Deputy Director, Climate Change  and  Sustainable  Development At the Ministry  of  Environment Science Technology and Innovation.

Mr Dery  Chaired the meeting which discussed Civil Society engagement  in the National GCF  process- Constraints  and opportunities, Reflection on Global CSOs involvement:  towards GCF effectiveness-  the  roles of CSOs, among other relevant themes.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a financial mechanism of the Paris Treaty. Developed Countries have committed to support GCF $100 billion per year by 2020.  The Board is based in Songdo, South Korea, and is currently administered the World Bank.

The meeting was put together  by Care International in Collaboration with KASA- Ghana and supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature conservation Building and Nuclear safety on the theme, ‘Sharing and Learning : Towards a more Inclusive GCF  National Process’.

In an Address,  the  Chairwoman of  the  steering Committee of KASA-Ghana, Mrs  Hannah  Owusu  Koranteng   said, Climate  Change is  a  human phenomenon  and could  be addressed  through concerted  efforts  of  all.

Mrs Koranteng  indicated that “we  are experiencing extreme  weather condition which is unparalleled  in the  history  of  the world and these are clear signs  that we had  not exercised responsibility stewardship in the  use our natural resources.”

According to her, Africa in particular, needs to be  worried about the problems  of  climate change because  the continent  is  vulnerable under the  global economic arrangement where we  provide raw  materials cheaply to so- called developed world.

She said, Job losses and  displacements  of  rural people constitute part  of  the natural result  of climate change  and that, she  maintains  is of  serious  concern to civil groups  including  Trades Union Congress and NGOs  whose constituencies are in the rural communities.

She explained that the focus of Africa to access the GCF is to ensure that the CSOs within the region become active participants in building of capacities for productive stakeholder engagement.

She noted, “ Such interventions would also achieve broad civil society perspective  in  policy direction  that can mitigate  climate change  and  also provide  initiative  for  just transition and reduce vulnerability  of  our people  especially those  living  in rural environment.”

“Building capacities  of CSOs  for  such engagement with duty  bearers  have  the added advantage  of  a  broader societal  support  for  the transformation  of  our society and increasing  the levels  of accountability of duty bearers,” she added.


 By Mohammed Suleman


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