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FEATURE: Climate finance advisory service – policy briefs


As part of its service, CFAS produces policy briefs and guides on any topics that are large or complex enough to warrant a detailed review:

Effective support for climate change adaptation: Key tasks for the Green Climate Fund in 2015
The Green Climate Fund was resourced with more than US$10 million by the end of 2014 and must make its first decisions on how to programme the money by late 2015. With its commitment to spend half of its funds on climate change adaptation, it will become the world’s largest adaptation financing institution. How can the Fund invest most effectively in adaptation? This policy brief, released on the cusp of the GCF Board’s 9th meeting in Songdo, Korea, explores some principles.

Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance Flows 2014
This guide provides climate change negotiators with a synopsis of the key elements in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s Biennial Assessment of climate finance flows. This is of relevance not only to the overall landscape of climate finance, but also to the emerging new global agreement on climate change, to be agreed at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties in Paris in 2015.

Status of Climate Finance at COP20, Lima
A new briefing by the Climate Finance Advisory Service (CFAS) highlights the key climate finance issues on the agenda of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) at their meeting in Lima, Peru in December 2014. The CFAS Guide: The Status of Climate Finance at COP20, Lima is authored by David Eckstein and Alpha Kaloga (Germanwatch), Alix Mazounie (RAC-France), Sven Harmeling (CARE), Raju Chhetri (independent consultant) and Henriette Imelda (IESR), with support from Sönke Kreft (Germanwatch). The Guide is also available in Spanish and in French.

Climate and Development Outlook: Special Edition on Climate Finance
CDKN’s Climate and Development Outlook (November 2013) comes to grips with one of the hottest topics for discussion at the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland: how developing countries will pay for climate compatible development and how the world can support them.

Addressing the barriers to Climate investment
This guide summarises the barriers to financing mitigation and adaptation activities, as well as discussing factors to consider when selecting and implementing financial instruments. The key financial instruments and modalities considered in this guide are discussed in relation to the Green Climate Fund, but the lessons are applicable to other channels for climate finance.

Climate finance at COP19 in Warsaw
This guide provides negotiators with a synopsis of the key climate finance discussions undertaken during 2013 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to inform negotiators and stakeholders who are interested in the different climate finance agenda items and deliverables at the 19th Conference of Parties (COP19) to be held in Warsaw.

How can the Green Climate Fund initiate a paradigm shift?
This policy brief is aimed at informing Board members of the GCF, who meet from 7-10 October 2013 in Paris, France, and other specialists in the debate. It explores the measures that will be needed for the GCF to fulfil its ambitions.

Enhancing direct access to the Green Climate Fund
This policy brief contributes to the ongoing debate around access modalities for the GCF.

Towards the Fifth Review of the UNFCCC’s Financial Mechanism
CDKN’s first policy brief from the Climate Finance Advisory Service provides readers concerned with climate finance with analysis of the Fifth Review of the UNFCCC’s Financial Mechanism.

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