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Building the Plane as We Fly It: Progress and Next Steps for an Effective Green Climate Fund

“We are building the plane as we fly it.” This is a phrase often repeated by GCF Board members Leonardo Martinez of the U.S. and Tosi Mpanu Mpanu of the Democratic Republic of Congo, referring to the ongoing work of putting in place the Fund’s policies and procedures even as it opens its doors to business.... continue reading »

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Building Climate and Clean Energy Solutions Post-Paris

I attended the June meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Songdo, Korea, to moderate a policy dinner that CCAP held there.  The GCF was established within the framework of the UNFCCC as a mechanism to provide mitigation and adaptation funding and financing to developing countries.  The ambition for the Fund is high.  When... continue reading »

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You’ve Got to Spend Money to Spend Money

There is an old adage in business: “you’ve got to spend money to make money,” referring to the need to invest if you want to make a return.  Climate Finance is simultaneously similar to, and dramatically different from, business. As participants saw at CCAP’s recent Climate Finance Forum, held in Bonn, Germany in May 2016,... continue reading »

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The Green Climate Fund and the Paris Agreement

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will play a key role in supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement. At its upcoming meeting in June, the GCF Board will consider the details of how the Fund could contribute to the outcomes and objectives of the climate deal.  To inform this discussion, CCAP has partnered with the... continue reading »

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The Global Agreement to Fight Climate Change

Unbelievable, really. In Paris last December, 189 countries put commitments on the table to take action on climate. Then, last month on Earth Day, 175 of those countries came to New York to sign the Paris Agreement, including U.S., China and India. The Earth Day signing ceremony exceeded our expectations. With the support of these large... continue reading »

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