UNDP is providing support to the developing countries access and manage significant financial resources to reduce the impacts of a changing climate and accelerate implementation to sustainable development goals (SDGs).
UNDP will continue working with its country partners in the region to turn the ambition of climate change policy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into reality.
Thomas Beloe, UNDP’s Climate Change Finance and Development Effectiveness Advisor said this at a programme in Dhaka. He was speaking at the concluding session of a four-day training course. Government representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vanuatu and Fiji gathered were present at the Third International Short Course on Climate Finance.
Over a four-day period, twenty-five representatives, from national government agencies across a range of climate relevant ministries, participated in the training aimed at improving their capacity to effectively manage the budgeting and financing of activities that support climate change related projects.
Speakers at the programme opined that climate change budgets need to include the gendered differences so that climate change finance becomes instrumental in promoting gender equality.
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. To address the impacts of changing climate, developing countries enhance their capacity to access and manage climate finance.
Delivered for the third consecutive year, the course builds on existing national capacities through practical learning, experience sharing and collaborative training activities. This year’s training will integrate sessions on gender responsive climate budgets, and accountability and transparency in the governance of climate finance, organises said.
The course is a partnership initiative by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), the International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED), Action on Climate Today (ACT) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Government of Sweden (SIDA).
“This highly engaging short course will help countries create sustainable resources at scale for dealing with the impacts of climate change. 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”, remarked Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Regional Programme Manager, ACT
Participants taking the course welcomed similar collaborative learning initiatives where countries are able to push for more articulated planning and resource allocation to address climate challenges.
Alluding to the importance of integrating gender in domestic budgets, MsÅsaHedén, Sweden’s Head ofRegional 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.
“I am delighted that DFID has been able to provide support to this important and highly relevant course. I am sure that this 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.” Said Shan Mitra, DFID Senior Climate & Environment Adviser.
This training comes 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.