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GCF Readiness Programme Newsletter 

This quarterly newsletter highlights country level and programme wide achievements. This issue we focus on our well-attended COP 22 side event, as well as the latest news from our Ghana, El Salvador, Uzbekistan and Colombia programmes. As this is our first newsletter, we welcome your feedback on the kinds of stories and information you'd like to receive in future issues. Please enjoy!
‘Empowering Countries To Be Masters Of Their Own Development’: Cop 22 GCF Readiness Programme Side Event
Climate change is being felt across the world, but its often-devastating effects are far from homogenous. While some countries are seeing increased rainfall, others are experiencing prolonged droughts; landslides ravage towns in mountainous regions, while rising water levels threaten island nations. The diversity of its effects highlight the importance of ensuring that all efforts to fight climate change are similarly tailored to a country’s specific needs, and that each county is supported to lead and design its own climate change interventions. MORE 
El Salvador: Keeping its Paris Agreement commitments by improving climate financing
Climate change-related natural disasters such as landslides, heavy rain and droughts are already a reality in El Salvador, so building climate resilience is of paramount importance for the Central American nation. Demonstrating its commitment to this, the Government of El Salvador brought together key national stakeholders and experts in December 2016 to identify ways to scale up climate change investment and financing flows in key government sectors.
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Colombia shares key lessons with the region on its national climate finance strategy
Colombia’s commitment to reduce gas emissions by 20 percent by 2030 was a central theme at its Annual Climate Finance Event, held in Bogota in November 2016. The event showcased Colombia’s work on climate finance, including its new monitoring system, while offering a forum to exchange ideas and lessons with regional neighbours, financial institutions and international partners on climate finance. Representatives presented Colombia’s progress in the past year towards climate change-related commitments. MORE
Getting Ready For The GCF: Ghana Gears Up To Access Climate Financing
Due to its dependence on agriculture, Ghana is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The country has already begun seeing an increase in extreme weather events; droughts and rising water levels threaten to ravage both its hydro-power supplies and coastal communities. Recognizing the urgent need to strengthen climate resilience, the Government of Ghana (GoG) made significant progress in 2016 towards turning its Paris Agreement commitments into a reality for its citizens. MORE
Climate Finance: Uzbekistan Prepares To Access Green Climate Fund
Water shortages and a temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius over the past 50 years are just some of the effects of climate change that have already afflicted the landlocked Central Asian country Uzbekistan. Despite efforts made by the Government of Uzbekistan to reduce its citizens’ vulnerability to such changes by developing policies on water and land conservation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and finding alternative sources of energy, much more needs to be done to avert a climate change-driven crisis.
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