UNDP Launches Guidebook on Climate Change Finance for Developing Nations

Olav Kjovern UNDP Assistant Director General

By Mekonnen Teshome
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a guidebook aimed at helping decision makers in developing countries to better take advantage of the billions pledged to address climate change, according to a press release UNDP issued in Addis Ababa this week

The guidebook, entitled: ‘Blending Climate Finance through National Climate Funds’, is based on UNDP’s experience in setting up, managing and advising 750 funds and providing services for over US$ 5 billion in contributions pooled from multiple donors.

Olav Kjorven, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Development Policy, who spoke with reporters at the launching in New York, said: ‘The book is a step-by-step guide on setting up national climate funds and it is a key resource for policymakers, economists, investors and donors involved in national responses to climate change.

‘We are giving governments a recipe on how to access more funding and how to improve management of climate change activities,” Kjorven said
He stated that, ‘this guidebook can fundamentally change the way governments plan, finance and deliver on their climate policies.’

According to him, more than 50 international public funds, 45 carbon markets and more than 6,000 private equity funds provide billions of dollars for national-level climate change actions, adding that, ‘between 2009 and 2010, clean energy sector investments worldwide grew 30 per cent to a record US$243 billion.

‘However, only about one tenth of these investments went outside of countries that are members of the G20 grouping to areas of the world highly vulnerable to shifts in climate patterns, such as the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States,’ the UNDP official noted.

He also said the challenges for developing countries seeking to take climate finance actions included the collection of funds from hundreds of sources, coordinating activities funded by them and accounting for results.

‘While, a national climate fund with clearly defined objectives, resources, standards and monitoring and reporting would help meet these challenges, responsibility for climate finance and planning in many developing countries governments is often spread among multiple ministries.

‘Through national climate funds, countries can access more financing and accelerate their response to climate change,” Kjorven stated, noting that, ‘this can be a major contribution to setting the world on a cleaner, more equitable and sustainable path.’

The UNDP said the guidebook is part of a series of practical manuals, guidebooks and toolkits intended to support countries to transition toward green, low-emission and climate-resilient development.