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Background

At COP 16, Parties, in pdf-icon decision 1/CP.16 established a Green Climate Fund (GCF) as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the Convention under Article 11. The GCF will support projects, programmes, policies and other activities in developing country Parties. The Fund will be governed by the GCF Board.

The assets of the GCF will be administered by a trustee only for the purpose of, and in accordance with, the relevant decisions of the GCF Board. The World Bank was invited by the COP to serve as the interim trustee of the GCF, subject to a review three years after operationalization of the Fund. The COP also decided that an independent secretariat will support the operations of the Fund. The COP also decided that the GCF was to be designed by the Transitional Committee (TC).


Update

At COP 17 held in Durban, the COP adopted pdf-icon decision 3/CP.17, in which Parties welcomed the report of the TC (pdf-icon FCCC/CP/2011/6 and Add.1) and approved the pdf-icon governing instrument for the GCF

Parties, at COP 18, endorsed the consensus decision of the GCF Board to select Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea as the host of the GCF.

At COP 19, Parties welcomed the establishment of the independent GCF secretariat and the selection of the Executive Director of the GCF by the GCF Board. Furthermore, Parties provided initial guidance to the GCF.

COP 19 also stressed the need to achieve full operationalization of the GCF,a dn urged the Board to finalize as soon as possible the essential requirements to receive, manage, programme, and disburse financial resources, so that the GCF can commence its initial resources mobilization process as soon as possible and transition subsequently to a formal replenishment process.

Parties called for ambitious and timely contributions by developed countries to enable an effective operationalization, including for readiness and preparatory support of the GCF,  that reflects the needs and challenges of developing countries in addressing climate change in the context of preparing, by COP 20, the initial resources mobilization process. Furthermore, Parties underlined that the initial resource mobilization should reach a very significant scale, and invited financial inputs from a variety of other sources, public and private, including alternative sources.

The Board was also requested to:
  • Consider important lessons learned on country-driven processes from other existing fund;
  • Ensure that in its consideration and finalization of the GCF’s access modalities, the Board takes into account the institutions already accredited by relevant institutions covered by the Board’s agreement on the best practice fiduciary standards and principles and environmental and social standards; and
  • Report to COP 20 on progress made in the implementation of this decision, as well as the implementation of decision 6/CP.18
Furthermore, in pdf-icon decision 9/CP.19, the entities financing the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70, through the wide variety of sources referred to in decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 65, including the GCF in a key role, were encouraged to collectively channel adequate and predictable results-based finance in a fair and balanced manner, taking into account different policy approaches, while working with a view to increasing the number of countries that are in a position to obtain and receive payments for results-based actions. Said entities were also encouraged, when providing results-based finance, to apply the methodological guidance consistent with decisions 4/CP.15, 1/CP.16, 2/CP.17, 12/CP.17 and 11/CP.19 to 15/CP.19, in order to improve the effectiveness and coordination of results-based finance. Furthermore, said entities financing the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70, through the wide variety of sources referred to in decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 65, were encouraged to continue to provide financial resources to alternative policy approaches, such as joint mitigation and adaptation approaches for the integral and sustainable management of forests.

The GCF was also requested, when providing results-based finance, to apply the methodological guidance consistent with decisions 4/CP.15, 1/CP.16, 2/CP.17, 12/CP.17 and 11/CP.19 to 15/CP.19, in order to improve the effectiveness and coordination of results-based finance.

Arrangements between the Conference of the Parties and the Green Climate Fund


At COP 18 held in Doha, Parties recognized that the provisions contained in Article 11, paragraph 3, and decision 3/CP.17 and the governing instrument of the GCF contained in the annex to 3/CP.17pdf-icon form the basis for the arrangements between the COP and the GCF. The COP requested the Standing Committee on Finance and the GCF Board to develop arrangements between the COP and the GCF for agreement by the Board and subsequent agreement by COP 19.

At COP 19, Parties agreed to thepdf-icon arrangements between the COP and the GCF to ensure that the GCF is accountable to and functions under the guidance of the COP to support projects, programmes, policies and other activities in developing country Parties using thematic funding windows, which were approved by the GCF Board at its fifth meeting.




GCF Board
Website of the GCF

Meetings of the Board

Documents of the Board meetings
 
 Latest documents and decision
Decisions
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Decision 4/CP.19
(Report of the GCF and guidance to the GCF)
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Decision 5/CP.19
(Arrangements between the COP and the GCF)

Documents

FCCC/CP/2013/6 (Second report of the GCF Board to the COP)


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