SDG 13

The civil society platform on climate change (SDG 13) in Ghana, is calling on government for a structured dialogue.

They have however lauded the efforts of the Ministry of Finance for involving civil society in the national Green Climate Fund (GCF) processes.

Chibeze Ezekiel, a programmes coordinator, civil society platform on climate change SDG 13 in a press statement delivered on Wednesday 30th May, 2018, indicated that, the GCF’s
readiness in Ghana and it’s
adverse effects of climate change and variability cannot be denied.

The SDG 13 platform he said applauds government for developing a gamut of policies, strategies and programmes which hinged on both adaptation and mitigation mechanisms in dealing with such impacts.

“As part of the efforts, the National Climate Change Policy of Ghana was launched in 2014 followed by a Climate Change Master Plan (2015-2020). Also, the National Climate Change Strategy prioritizes the development of climate-resilient agriculture and food security systems, climate-resilient infrastructure and the strengthening of resilience of the vulnerable. Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (Gh-NDCs) which came about as a result of the Paris Climate Agreement provides 20 mitigation and 11 adaptation programme of actions in 7 priority economic sectors to be implemented in a 10-year period (2020-2030),” he revealed.

He also noted that, in June 2015, Ghana qualified as a beneficiary of a GCF Readiness Programme, a global programme to support countries for enhanced access to international climate finance, which was a joint partnership among UNDP, UNEP, and World Resource Institute (WRI).

Adding that, the programme was aimed at strengthening national capacities to effectively and efficiently plan for, access, manage, deploy and monitor climate financing, in particular, through the GCF.

“The Ghana Readiness Programme came to an end in December 2017. The Ghana Readiness Programme coordinated by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), was in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and as well as other public and private sector stakeholders,” Chibeze Ezekiel indicated.

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Civil Society Platform on Climate Change (SDG 13) position on the GCF processes in Ghana

The civil society platform on climate change (SDG 13) in Ghana is applauding the efforts of the Ministry of Finance to involve civil society in the national Green Climate Fund (GCF) processes but is calling for a structured dialogue.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF), according to the “Governing Instruments” of the Fund was established by the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010 as the principal financial mechanism to help countries reduce carbon emissions and support developing countries in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The “Governing Instrument” adopted, establish the need to ‘promote the paradigm shift towards low emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change’. The ambition of the GCF is to leverage and facilitate significant portion of future climate finance from both the public and private sector, with $100 billion by 2020 pledged by developed countries.

The Fund gives Parties (recipient countries) access to funding through accredited national and sub-national implementing entities (direct access). The Fund can also be accessed through accredited international and regional entities, such as multilateral and regional development banks and UN agencies (indirect access). Unlike past climate funding mechanisms, the GCF stands out by the emphasis on direct access.

Countries looking to access funding support from GCF are required to set up a number of processes and structures including a Focal Point or National Designated Authority (NDA) and possibly one or more National Implementing Entities (NIEs). Together, they then develop proposals that meet the high fiduciary standards of the Fund and align with the country’s climate change policies or priorities through multi-stakeholder engagement.

GCF Readiness in Ghana
The adverse effects of climate change and its variability in Ghana cannot be denied. The SDG 13 platform therefore applauds government for developing a gamut of policies, strategies and programmes hinged on both adaptation and mitigation mechanisms in dealing with such impacts. As part of the efforts, the National Climate Change Policy of Ghana was launched in 2014 followed by a Climate Change Master Plan (2015-2020). Also, the National Climate Change Strategy prioritizes the development of climate-resilient agriculture and food security systems, climate-resilient infrastructure and the strengthening of resilience of the vulnerable. Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (Gh-NDCs) which came about as a result of the Paris Climate Agreement provides 20 mitigation and 11 adaptation programme of actions in 7 priority economic sectors to be implemented in a 10-year period (2020-2030).

In June 2015, Ghana qualified as a beneficiary of a GCF Readiness Programme, a global programme to support countries for enhanced access to international climate finance. It was a joint partnership among UNDP, UNEP, and World Resource Institute (WRI). The programme was aimed at strengthening national capacities to effectively and efficiently plan for, access, manage, deploy and monitor climate financing, in particular, through the GCF. The Ghana Readiness Programme came to an end in December 2017. The Ghana Readiness Programme coordinated by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), was in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and as well as other public and private sector stakeholders.

From the above Readiness programme, we applaud the:

1. Establishment of the NDA Secretariat within the Climate Change Unit of the Real Sector Division of Ministry of Finance.
2. Establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) by the NDA to ensure cross-ministerial governance of the national GCF process, guided by independent technical assessments.
3. NDA for ensuring transparent and inclusive GCF governance by ensuring that civil society is represented on the TAC.
4. NDA in its current process of supporting 2 institutions (Ecobank Ghana Ltd and Social Investment Fund) to attaining the status of National Accredited Entities to the GCF.
5. NDA for assisting Water Resources Commission to receive a $300,000 as Readiness Support from the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The Climate Technology Centre is providing technology transfer and capacity building to relevant Ghanaian organizations and government agencies for dry season management and planning.
6. Forestry Commission finalizing a Ghana Shea Landscape REDD+ project proposal to the GCG with support from UNDP..
7. Minister of Finance for stating in the 2018 budget statement that three GCF funding proposals will be developed in collaboration with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for submission to the GCF Secretariat by end of this year.

Civil Society Platform on Climate Change (SDG 13) Contribution:

The Civil Society Platform on Climate Change through Kasa Initiative Ghana as part of its contribution to the GCF process in Ghana has organized a number of events since 2017. Key among them are as follows:
1. Organizing six workshops so far from 2017 in Accra and Tamale which provided a space for information sharing among different stakeholders on the national GCF process.
2. Creating over 90-member WhatsApp group platform and e-database dedicated to sharing climate change related issues, including news on GCF and advocacy planning.
3. Participating in the Kasa Annual Review meetings and sharing progress work of the climate change platform.
4. Developing an Advocacy Strategy for the SDG 13 platform
5. Producing fact sheets on the GCF for learning and sharing among members
6. Providing inputs into national issues on climate change

Our Position:

The SDG 13 platform therefore calls upon the Ministry of Finance to:

1. Implement the “Consultation Guidelines for Government of Ghana and Civil Society Organizations Engagement; Framework for Enhanced Engagement in the Natural Resource and Environment Sector” commissioned in 2015 by Ministry of Finance as part of the Natural Resource and Environment Programme (NREG) program.
2. Actively participate in quarterly meetings organized by civil society (as part of our commitment) to ensure a structured channel of learning and information sharing between the NDA Secretariat and civil society as well as other stakeholders.
3. Intensify public education and awareness creation on the GCF.
4. Commit the needed technical and financial resources to ensure Ghana accesses the GCF funding necessary for Ghana to meet its Nationally Determined Contributions (Gh-NDCs) agenda.

Background of the SDG 13

The SDG 13 platform convened by Kasa Initiative Ghana and co-convened by CARE International, Ghana is a civil society coalition with a core aim of actively participating in Ghana’s climate change agenda as well as providing a space for learning and sharing among members.

Thank you for your attention.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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