7179. Appreciation proposals for Green Climate Fund

At the request of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Dutch Sustainability Unit (DSU) advises as of March 2016 the Dutch board member (later alternate board member) of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The international community, through processes like the Paris Agreement and the GCF, is looking for ways to achieve sustainable development goals, which include climate change goals.

Advisory reports and other documents

22 Feb 2017: Other

NCEA input GCF-ESMS consultation

Significant details

The GCF is, more than existing funds, a new and innovative fund that aims at paradigms shifts. These shifts are required to achieve climate change goals but it is by no means clear yet which paradigm shifts are most sustainable, how they can be achieved and how the GCF should organise itself internally to contribute the most. The Netherlands, as part of the Danish / Netherlands / Luxembourg seat in the GCF board, wants to play a constructive role in that learning process, and looks for coherence with its other policies, to enhance sustainability. The DSU is asked to reflect on GCF funding proposals and GCF procedures, for example those related tot the proposal approval process, environmental and social safeguards, performance monitoring and country ownership. Its contributions are considered by the joint board seat as it prepares its input in the board.

As dynamics in the GCF board accelerate directly before and during its meetings, the DSU has been invited to join a few of these meetings.

In February 2017, the DSU also provided input, e.g.shared its relevant experiences, for the further development and implementation of the GCF Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS). The DSU recommended, among others, to consider building a strategic assessment requirement into a regular review of accredited entities and strengthening mechanisms for enforcement.

Parties involved

Members of the working group

mr D. Annandale
ms M. Geusebroek
mr J.J. Kessler

Technical secretary: mr S.G. Nooteboom

Further details


04 climate change
29 monitoring and evaluation

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