UNDP to continue support for fight against climate change

Staff Correspondent

4 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue working with its country partners in the region to turn the ambition of the climate change policy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into reality.

The UNDP’s Climate Change Finance and Development Effectiveness Adviser, Thomas Beloe, said this while addressing the concluding session of the four-day Third International Short Course on Climate Finance in Dhaka on Saturday.

He said that UNDP’s core work to address climate change and advance SDG implementation includes helping developing countries’ access.

“The UN agency also works to manage significant financial resources to reduce the impacts of a changing climate,” he said.

The course is a partnership initiative of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), the International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED), Action on Climate Today (ACT) and the UNDP with the support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) of the Government of Sweden.

A total of 25 representatives from national government agencies across a range of climate relevant ministries of different countries participated in the training.

The participant countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vanuatu and Fiji.

The training was aimed to improve their capacity to effectively manage the budgeting and the financing of activities that support climate change related projects.

Delivered for the third consecutive year, this course builds on existing national capacities through practical learning, experience sharing and collaborative training activities.

This year’s training integrates sessions on gender responsive climate budgets, and accountability and transparency in the governance of climate finance.

During the training, international experts discussed a range of topics, including mainstreaming climate finance into national and sub-national public budgeting systems and processes.

The training also deepened participants’ knowledge on innovative tools to track and monitor financial expenditure and sharing of practical experiences on how developing nations can access funds from the Green Climate Fund.

Participants welcomed similar collaborative learning initiatives where countries are able to push for more articulated planning and resource allocation to address climate challenges.

This training was held at a time where there is an increased demand for countries to take further action and reinforce its public financial systems to tackling climate change.

Speaking at the event, Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Regional Programme Manager, ACT, said, “The highly engaging short course will help countries create sustainable resources at scale for dealing with the impacts of climate change.” 

The regional programme manager said the trainers draw on models that have worked across the Asia-Pacific region to deliver course content that is rigorous, empirically tested and proven to work in a variety of governance contexts.

Alluding to the importance of integrating gender in domestic budgets, Åsa Hedén, Sweden’s Head of Regional development cooperation in Asia-Pacific said, “Gender equality is at the heart of Swedish international development cooperation and it will remain in focus of all our efforts.”

“Climate change budgets need to include the mentioned gendered differences so that climate change finance will be instrumental in promoting gender equality,” she said.

Shan Mitra, DFID Senior Climate & Environment Adviser said, “I am delighted that DFID has been able to provide support to this important and highly relevant course.”

“The course will make an important contribution to building the knowledge and skills that governments will need, to mobilise both domestic and international financing to meet the urgent challenge of climate change,” the DFID Adviser said.