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Governments, partners discuss gender-equality and climate finance

Representatives from ten Asia Pacific governments, parliaments, civil society organisations (CSOs) and international institutions - including from six South Asian countries - gathered in Bangkok to reflect and share knowledge and learnings on climate change finance and gender-inclusion as part of the Regional Dialogue on Climate Resilient Growth and Development organised by UNDP’s Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme (GCCF) in partnership with Action on Climate Today (ACT) with the support of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and Department for International Development.

Feb 22, 2018
Representatives from ten Asia Pacific governments, parliaments, civil society organisations (CSOs) and international institutions - including from six South Asian countries - gathered in Bangkok to reflect and share knowledge and learnings on climate change finance and gender-inclusion as part of the Regional Dialogue on Climate Resilient Growth and Development organised by UNDP’s Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme (GCCF) in partnership with Action on Climate Today (ACT) with the support of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and Department for International Development.
 
The event brought together government ministers and representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Fiji, Vanuatu, Thailand, Vietnam and Pacific countries as well as international donors from the United Kingdom and Sweden. It allowed governments to review experiences, insights and lessons learnt from climate change financing frameworks by examining financial flows, system and institutions and other issues affecting the impact of climate spending.
 
“The conference is about connecting climate change finance leaders with one another so that a common understanding can develop of the latest trends, best practices and challenges with mobilising, managing and targeting climate finance,” said Jaco Cilliers, Chief of the Regional Policy and Programme for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok Regional Hub, United Nations Development Programme.
 
Three years ago, following the Paris Agreement, 170 countries pledged to take action on climate change and many of the participating countries have made significant progress in this regard. 
 
"People across Asia Pacific are facing the impacts of climate change. It’s one of the biggest challenges to the Region’s engines of growth. This awareness is also reflected in international frameworks like SDGs and Paris Accord. This forum presents an opportunity here for governments to take stock, share lessons and build on the early successes in mainstreaming climate change," said Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, ACT Regional Programme Manager.
 
The Dialogue had a strong focus on gender-equality, putting the issue in the spotlight with an entire day of proceedings dedicated to the topic of why climate change finance systems need to ensure that women and the vulnerable are taken into consideration. It also allowed participating countries to showcase their success stories through an innovative session named South-South bazaar on February 21. 

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