News / 14 March 2013

What is happening at the Green Climate Fund Board meeting?

To ensure that everyone on the planet will be protected against the impacts of climate change, a lot of money will have to be made available. By now, most scholars do agree on this. All this money (ultimately about $ 100 billion per year) will be put into one large fund: the Green Climate Fund. But what's going to happen with all that money and who will benefit from it?



For a number of days now, the members of the Board of the Green Climate Fund have discussed these and related matters during their Board Meeting in Berlin.   Before the Fund actually becomes operational (which is expected to still take a few years), they must agree on the design of the Fund. All kinds of issues are reviewed: how public and transparent should these meetings really be? The use of the logo, the  involvement of the private sector, the salaries of the staff and the extent to which civil society should be involved, these and many more agenda points come by.


Separate room

Civil society is more or less represented at the meeting: representatives of various organizations who want a say in the design of the framework of the Green Climate Fund are present. We from Both ENDS are here too, to push forward our own agenda. Unfortunately we are in a separate room and we can only see the discussions on a large screen. But we do have a so-called "active observer" in the meeting, who firmly defends the views of CSOs from North and South. Occasionally we all clap our hands when she talks, which of course she cannot hear.


Fair Green Climate Fund
In the past few days we wrote a number of blogs which create a clear picture of how things are moving here. Furthermore, we have written a document that we have handed to different board members: our research-based recommendations for the design of a Fair and Inclusive Green Climate Fund.


Of course we hope that our presence and efforts here in Berlin will help to make sure that the Green Climate Fund will especially benefit those who suffer most from climate change: local populations in vulnerable areas, particularly in southern, poorer countries


Here you can find all our information


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