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Climate Finance Access Hub

Around the globe, people are living the stark reality of climate change. In many Commonwealth member countries, sea levels are rising, storms increasing in both intensity and frequency, and arable land is turning into desert. Global warming is crippling economies and hampering progress toward the sustainable development goals. Although the international community has pledged billions to address climate change, countries find it extremely difficult to draw from financing mechanisms - such as the Green Fund - for projects to help people adapt to climate change and mitigate its effect.

The Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub will help countries untangle the red tape around climate financing, and make successful applications to the international funds that address climate change. National advisors are taking up long-term positions in government environmental departments and agencies and in regional bodies such as the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in Belize. These experts are creating a pan-Commonwealth network that is being managed by a hub in the Republic of Mauritius.

The Hub builds on the Commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to address climate change that began in 1989 with the adoption of the Langkawi declaration on the environment. At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta 2015, leaders agreed to take action to limit global warming to 2 degrees. This joint decision was instrumental in securing the historic Paris accord on climate change.

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Man speaking at Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub eventCommonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub poised to go global

A Commonwealth initiative designed to help small and other vulnerable states access international finances for tackling the effects of climate change, is poised to go global. MORE

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at a Commonwealth Climate Finance Hub eventClimate hub steps up ambition on finance targets

The Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub aims to more than double the number of advisers deployed to help vulnerable countries unlock funds to tackle climate change. MORE

Bilal Anwar, General Manager of the Climate Finance Access Hub shares his insights into the benefits of the HubAsk the Expert: COP24 and Climate Finance in the Commonwealth

Bilal Anwar, General Manager of the Climate Finance Access Hub shares insights on how the Commonwealth is delivering climate finance to help communities tackle the impacts of climate change. MORE

Country Specific Assistance

Palm trees on a hill with the ocean in the backgroundAntigua and Barbuda

Since 2016, Antigua and Barbuda has secured two readiness grants from the Green Climate Fund, paving the way to become the first national entity in the region to secure GCF accreditation. MORE

 

A white sand beach with a city on the far side of the bayBarbados

The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub has supported the Government of Barbados with six projects in the pipeline ranging in value from US$90,000 to 10,000,000. MORE

 

Hills covered in a thick green forestJamaica

Through the support of the Hub, Jamaica has received a US$0.6 million grant to fund REDD+ readiness actions as part of its Forest Policy. MORE

 

Aerial view of a city by the coastMauritius

The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub first opened its door in Mauritius in September 2016. As the central Hub it receives and manages requests for capacity and technical assistance to secure climate finance. MORE

A garden with the Christ Church in the background in Windhoek, NamibiaNamibia

The National Climate Finance Adviser to Namibia is Denis Valliere. The Hub has helped in the production of 5 projects that have totalled 98.7 million US dollars. MORE

 

Aerial view of an island surrounded by coral reefsTonga

The overarching scope of the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub's technical assistance for Tonga is to build the capacity of the National Climate Change Division. MORE