About UNDP-GCF Project Portal
Transparency is a crucial ingredient in trusted development partnerships and climate action. Article 13 of the Paris Agreement established an enhanced transparency framework for action and support provided and received by relevant individual Parties to UNFCCC convention in the context of climate change actions, to provide a full overview of aggregate financial support provided.
Under the enhanced transparency framework for support, developed country Parties shall, and other Parties that provide support should, provide information on financial, technology transfer and capacity-building support provided to developing country Parties. This information shall undergo a technical expert review.
In support of transparency, this portal provides an insight into the UNDP-supported efforts to assist governments in accessing the Green Climate Fund (GCF) finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The portal focuses exclusively on UNDP-supported GCF-financed projects/programmes and related support, and provides access to the documentation and processes followed in facilitating access to climate finance.
UNDP supporting countries in accessing GCF finance
Tackling climate change is critical to a sustainable future. Impacts such as drought, sea level rise and more erratic storms are already taking hold. People around the world are experiencing food shortages, massive displacement and risks to their lives and livelihoods.
The adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 set the world on an ambitious and critical path toward resilient and low-carbon development. Besides contributing directly to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13, action on climate change addresses many other SDGs. After all, we will not ensure food security without protecting our crops from drought; we will not have sustainable cities and communities without protecting our infrastructure from storms; and we cannot ensure children are healthy without addressing the increasing vector-borne diseases due to changing temperatures.
As the largest implementer of climate action in the UN System, UNDP works with countries to turn their climate goals into action. At the heart of this is our post-Paris climate commitment, and our support for designing and delivering ambitious climate plans, or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), that pave the way toward a more sustainable world for all.
Working in concert with international development agencies, donors, civil society, national governments and local stakeholders this work is designed to build lasting resilience for at-risk communities and promote a global low-carbon future. Our gender-responsive approaches work to empower women as agents of change and leaders in climate actions. The world faces an uncertain climate future. Without sustained support, hard-won gains in poverty reduction, food security, gender empowerment, access to quality education and other goals outlined by the Sustainable Development Goals will be derailed. This means women and children will continue to go hungry, people will be forced to migrate to avoid the impacts of climate change or flee from rising seas, and global processes to build peace will face new and ever-more complex hurdles.
UNDP’s support for nations in accessing GCF finance focuses on readiness, project preparation facility access, adaptation planning, funding proposals and building the capacity of national entities to more effectively deliver climate actions and reach Nationally Determined Contributions outlined in the Paris Agreement.
UNDP received GCF accreditation in March 2015. In the first round that awarded accreditation to six agencies, UNDP was the first UN Agency to receive GCF accreditation.
On August 5, 2016, UNDP and the GCF signed an Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA). This signed Accreditation Master Agreement is the central instrument which sets out the basic terms and conditions to work together for the use of GCF resources.
More on UNDP's work:
- Adapting to climate change
- Developing integrated climate change strategies
- Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
- Supporting global climate policy dialogues
About Green Climate Fund
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. It seeks to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts.
It was set up by the 194 countries who are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010, as part of the Convention’s financial mechanism. It aims to deliver equal amounts of funding to mitigation and adaptation, while being guided by the Convention’s principles and provisions.
When the Paris Agreement was reached in 2015, the GCF was given an important role in serving the agreement and supporting the goal of keeping climate change well below 2 degrees Celsius.
Access to GCF resources is managed through national, regional and international entities accredited to the Fund. GCF has eight impact areas which will deliver major mitigation and adaptation benefits.
Shifting to low-emission sustainable development pathways through:
- Low-emission energy access and power generation
- Low-emission transport
- Energy efficient buildings, cities and industries
- Sustainable land use and forest management
Increasing climate-resilient sustainable development for:
- Enhanced livelihoods of the most vulnerable people, communities, and regions
- Increased health and well-being, and food and water security
- Resilient infrastructure and built environment to climate change threats
- Resilient ecosystems
GCF has established six criteria in its Investment Framework to guide its investment decisions:
- Impact potential
- Paradigm shift potential
- Sustainable development potential
- Needs of the recipient
- Country ownership
- Efficiency and effectiveness
Learn more about the Green Climate Fund:
- GCF UNDP Accredited Entity Portal
- UNDP on GCF website
- GCF Portfolio dashboard