Realizing Sustainable Development as the Leitmotif of the Green Climate Fund

Realizing Sustainable Development as the Leitmotif of the Green Climate Fund

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The Green Climate Fund (GCF) as a main implementation tool for the climate convention and the Paris Agreement is mandated by its Governing Instrument to pursue all its funding actions “[i]n the context of sustainable development” and support a paradigm shift in its recipient countries. What does this mean for the largest public multilateral climate fund? Is the GCF in its operational policies and programming sufficiently cognizant of this mandate? What are some of the synergies and trade-offs the GCF as a young learning institution is struggling with?  Does the GCF adequately support fair and equitable outcomes, including for communities and often marginalized population groups, specifically women and Indigenous Peoples? Is pursuing a multiple benefits, human rights based approach the optimal answer? If so, how can it best be realized?

A panel of experts including GCF decision-makers and implementers, civil society activists and community representatives will discuss these questions.

The event is open to the public, no registration needed.


German Development Institute (DIE), Sitzungssaal
Tulpenfeld 6
D-53113 Bonn


Take the subway (lines U16/63 orU66) or bus (lines 610 and 611) from Bonn Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) towards “Bad Honnef / Bad Godesberg” and get off at the station “Heussallee / Museumsmeile”.


Carolina Fuentes, Secretary to the Board and Head of Governance Affairs, Green Climate Fund Secretariat

Karsten Sach, Director General for Climate and International Cooperation, Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Mandy Barnett, Director, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South Africa

Andrea Rodriguez, Fundacion Avina, Mexico

Lidy Nacpil, Coordinator, Asian People’s Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD), Philippines

Stanley Kimaren Riamit, Executive Director, ILEPA – Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Portal, Kenya


Liane Schalatek, Associate Director, Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America


For further information, please contact Liane Schalatek (, +1-202-290-0956