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Green Climate Fund holds first training in Tonga

The climate change training participants

NUKU’ALOFA – March 28, 2018: 5.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Project Management Unit of the Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Program conducted its first training in Nuku’alofa , Tonga last week.

That training brought together stakeholders within government.

Mr. Paula Ma’u, the National Focal Point for GCF and CEO for MEIDECC, officially opened this training on March 22.

Around 25 participants participated on this half day training.

Former SPREP staff Dr. Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua led the training.

She is also the MEIDECC Consultant for the GCF Readiness Programme.

The training included members of the Joint National and Action Plan (JNAP) task force and line Ministries with climate change-oriented priorities interested in accessing the fund in the near future.

This readiness program of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established to maximize the effectiveness of this fund and also to build the capacities of national governments and/or institutions in vulnerable countries to increase accessibility and effective management of these funds.

The priority areas of the Tonga-GCF readiness and preparatory support program include;

  • establishment and strengthening of the Nationally Designated Authority/focal point
  • development of strategic framework for engagement with the fund
  • selection of the national implementing entity and support for accreditation

This training aims at building the capacity of the NDA and his supporting team to better understand GCF processes and procedures, their roles and responsibilities under GCF and how to deliver them effectively and efficiently, preparation of the strategic framework/Tonga JNAP2 and country programme, the accreditation status of the National Accredited Entity (Ministry of Finance and National Planning) to access GCF, as well as JNAP Task Force to develop successful project concepts and proposals to GCF for approval.

GCF helps developing countries including Tonga reduce their Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change impacts. It seeks to promote an ideal shift to low emission and climate-resilient development, taking into account the needs of developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change and natural disaster.

The GCF is an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) and Paris Agreement, dedicated to respond to the challenge of climate change.

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