In 2014, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) released a report celebrating achievements through its partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Since then, the world has been responding to critical environmental and climate challenges. In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were endorsed, confirming a new development paradigm that aims to move on from silos to integrated approaches, and significantly stepping up ambitions to eliminate rather than only reduce hunger, poverty and other global challenges. The Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) also bound countries to take urgent actions to reduce global warming.
This report is a learning product from the UNDP’s Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA), a four-year programme supporting work in 11 African least developed countries with US$50 million from the Global Environment Facility’s Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). As such, it builds on the expertise of the CIRDA technical team, the products of several workshops, and initial consultations between CIRDA experts and public and private representatives of CIRDA-supported countries. The vision described here is closely related to the work plan and activities of the CIRDA programme.
This booklet summarizes all COP guidance dating from the first COP (COP 1) to COP 19, as well as all corresponding GEF responses. Its goal is to provide full documentation of the evolution of GEF activities and policies as informed by guidance from the COP.
This publication is a joint effort by the GEF partnership to showcase some of the insights gained from the now substantial portfolio of GEF-funded adaptation projects.
Climate change affects every nation and every person. Droughts, violent storms, sea-level rise and other changes are destabilizing critical ecosystems, undermining economic activity and jeopardizing livelihoods across the globe. The climate is a vital Earth system, that if compromised will put everyone’s future prosperity and well-being at risk. Urgent action is needed to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions, invest in adaptation and build resilience to the growing impacts of our rapidly warming world.
A GEFSTAP advisory document.
Together with our dedicated climate adaptation funds, the GEF aims to accelerate climate finance during in the next four years. The newly completed sixth replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-6) will enable the GEF to make about US$3 billion available for climate finance, and leverage up to US$30 billion from other sources.
Climate change is here, and its impacts on our planet are becoming more serious at an ever increasing pace.As a financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, the GEF has a unique mandate to deliver on-the-ground benefits to countries needing to adapt to climate change.