The United Nations University (UNU) and the Government of Japan will co-host the Second Meeting of the Transitional Committee for the Design of the Green Climate Fund, at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, on 13 and 14 July 2011. This meeting will seek to advance the design of the Green Climate Fund, a major multilateral funding mechanism aimed at helping developing countries to mitigate the effects of climate change.
This meeting, organized by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, aims to develop and refine key operational documents on the Fund’s institutional design. These will be recommended for approval during the next round of international climate change negotiations (COP17) in Durban, South Africa, later this year (28 Nov. to 9 Dec.).
A preparatory workshop on “Lessons Learned from Relevant Funds and Institutions”, with participation by UNU and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, will be held on 12 July.
The second meeting of the Transitional Committee will be co-chaired by Ernesto Cordero Arroyo, Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico; Kjetil Lund, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Norway; and Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency Responsible for National Planning of South Africa.
UNU Vice-Rector Takeuchi will deliver opening remarks on 13 July, highlighting UNU’s climate change expertise and activities relating to the nexus between ecosystems, climate change and adaptation.
A webcast of the meeting will be made available on the website of the UNFCCC Secretariat.
At the 16th Session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16), held in Cancun, Mexico, in December 2010, the Parties agreed to establish the Green Climate Fund (set out in the Cancun Agreements). As an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the Convention, the Fund will support projects, programmes, policies and other activities in developing countries.
The Transitional Committee, responsible for developing the operational design of the Fund, held its first meeting in Mexico City in late April 2011. The Transitional Committee comprises 40 members: 15 from developed country and 25 from developing countries. Meetings of the Transitional Committee are open to observers from UNFCCC Parties, observer States, United Nations organizations and admitted intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
UNU approaches the multiple threats of climate change from an interdisciplinary, solution-focused perspective, and seeks to provide relevant knowledge, including traditional and indigenous perspectives, to those who most need and can best utilize it. For a sampling of UNU’s work, see this bibliography of selected UNU publications relating to climate change.
As an independent think tank, UNU provides the policy makers of today with accurate, unbiased scientific knowledge to help formulate sound principles, policies and programmes to deal with, for instance, issues of environmentally induced migration and social vulnerability.
As a postgraduate teaching institution, UNU helps the leaders of tomorrow gain the skills and knowledge they will need to confront such diverse hazards as extreme weather events, rising sea levels, water scarcity, desertification, land degradation and loss of biodiversity — all of which are exacerbated by climate change.
In its capacity building activities, UNU provides localized, advanced training about adaptation and mitigation techniques to practitioners, policy makers and educators in developing countries.
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