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.
Anthony Polack, Climate Finance Access Hub expert speaks about his experience in Vanuatu. MORE
Patrick Karani, Climate Finance Access Hub expert speaks about his experience in the field. MORE
Katherine Blackman, a Commonwealth expert is helping Jamaica access funding to tackle dangerous sea level rises, drought and other impacts of climate change. MORE