1 The launch today in New York of a 17-signature Ministerial Declaration calling for recognition of the Local Climate Responsive Living Fund as an existing Non-Commercial Approach under the Paris Agreement could, ministers say, unlock significant additional climate finance for adaptation to the impacts of climate change.
2 The statement, made by some of the world’s most vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change, follows recent commitments by COP27 host Egypt to make the November climate conference an opportunity to focus on implementation rather than further negotiation of existing texts and agreements.
3 The document, presented at the event ‘Making Paris Work for People: Adaptation at Scale in Climate-Vulnerable Nations’, is signed by some 17 ministers from LoCAL participating countries and brings together a series of joint commitments to increase climate finance total available.
4 nations vulnerable to climate change.
5 The signatories represent countries facing some of the worst impacts of climate change but with limited resources to adapt.
8 at today’s event ‘Making Paris Work for the People’, part of the New York Climate Week activities program and a side event to the UN General Assembly.
9 “Let us work together at COP27 for the adoption of LoCAL as an existing non-commercial approach to expand and boost access to climate finance, as set out in this Ministerial Declaration… With our joint cooperation, let us work together to ensure that the The Local Climate Adaptable Life Fund is included in the final document of the COP27 in Egypt.
10 And make sure this COP, the “Africa COP”, is a solutions COP,” added the Hon Prof. Wilson K.
12 The LoCAL Fund is a mechanism to channel financing to local governments for locally directed adaptation to the impacts of climate change and designed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund about ten years ago; UNCDF Executive Secretary Preeti Sinha officially opened the event in New York. Some 32 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific are currently designing or implementing their adaptation actions with the LoCAL Fund, which has mobilized more than US$125 million for adaptation to date.
13 The Ministerial Declaration, which builds on intergovernmental discussions held at a meeting of the 9th Annual Board Meeting and the LoCAL Ministerial Meeting in May this year, also includes a UNCDF commitment to grow the LoCAL Facility through a US$500 million facility by 2027.
14 This ambitious goal replaces an earlier goal of doubling the size of the facility within the same time period after that goal appears to be met before the end of 2022.
15 LOCAL countries Cambodia, The Gambia and Côte d’Ivoire have made submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), formally requesting that LoCAL be recognized as an existing NMA and assist their country in achieving their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
17 Those presentations were presented at the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2022.
18 Today‘s event adds momentum to the Bonn presentation with ministers and high-level participants from Cambodia, Jamaica, Liberia and Niger calling for recognition of the NMA to achieve greater adaptation financing for African nations.
19 , Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and LDCs. Many speakers highlighted the fact that while their countries are feeling some of the most acute impacts of climate change, they, as pre-industrial nations, have contributed the least to the carbon emissions fueling the crisis.
20 “ We know in Jamaica that climate impacts at the local level: our towns and cities, our coastal towns and communities and we fully support and are committed to any effort to build the capacities of our local governments so that they can better serve communities and perform the adaptation projects that their constituents need and ask for.” said the Honorable Matthew Samuda, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation in Jamaica and LoCAL Ministerial Ambassador who delivered the keynote address.
21 “As a new LoCAL Ambassador, I hope we can come together to drive action and secure LoCAL as an existing non-commercial approach following Article 6.8 and other desperately needed climate finance.”
22 The LoCAL approach combines increased climate finance with capacity.
23 construction, technical support, and opportunities for South-South learning and exchange LoCAL combines Performance-Based Climate Resilience Grants (PBCRGs), in the form of financial top-ups to local government budgets and resources to cover additional costs of climate change adaptation These grants ensure the programming and verification of climate change-related expenditures at the local level, while providing strong incentives to improve performance on improved resilience through technical support and capacity development.
25 being implemented at the national level.
26 “We have seen that LoCAL works,” said Dr. Tin Ponlok, Cambodian Secretary of State for the Ministry of the Environment, speaking via video link from Phnom Pen. “To date, we have delivered 538 adaptation investments across the country using LoCAL and the performance-based climate resilience grant system.
27 Many of these are relatively small infrastructure investments: roads, small bridges, water supply, etc.
28 But they have a massive impact on participating communities, allowing them to better withstand the often dire impacts of climate change.” Furthermore, LoCAL builds on the capacity of local government authorities and gives a voice to the communities where it is being implemented through local community consultations.
29 Ministers said that the LoCAL approach had much to recommend it, including its focus on the use and strengthening of national capacities.
30 “LoCAL is not a parallel system or an ‘add-on’ program.
31 It uses national systems to ensure funds reach their destination – communities facing climate change,” said the Hon Prof. Wilson K.
33 “Y, [LoCAL] it comes with an agreed monitoring, reporting and verification process.” The Honorable Prof. Wilson K.
34 Tarpeh, Executive Director and Director General of the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency speaking at the 9th Board Meeting in Brussels this year.
35 LoCAL participating countries own and direct the future direction of the LoCAL Fund through the LoCAL Board, co-chaired by the Permanent Representative to the United Nations of the country leading the LDC group at UN Headquarters in New York, the President of the LDC group before the UNFCCC, together with the Director of Local Transformative Finance of UNCDF.
37 Speaking at Tuesday’s event, Heidy Rombouts, Director General for Development, Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, highlighted the potential of countries coming together to highlight adaptation needs, underlining the value of LoCAL as a means to “unlock collective action”.
38 The LoCAL mechanism is delivering at scale: LoCAL has engaged more than 300 local governments and benefited more than 12.5 million people.
39 With the formal recognition of LoCAL as an existing NMA at COP27, the ministers hope that funding can be unlocked for the national deployment of LoCAL in the 32 countries involved in the mechanism; this would generate adaptation results for more than 600 million people on the front lines of climate change.
40 “This event is an important step on the road to COP27 in Egypt, from which we have great expectations…
41 The COP Presidency has repeatedly called for action, not words; implementation, and not promises,” said the Honorable Ms. Garama Saratou Rabiou Inoussa, Minister for the Environment and Combating Desertification, speaking in a video message from Niamey, the capital of Niger: “Niger supports the recognition of the LoCAL mechanism as a non-market approach under Article 6.8 of the Paris Agreement.
42 .” To engage LoCAL, interested governments can submit formal requests to UNCDF to launch the design phase and start raising funding Learn more about Climate Week New York and how we’re getting involved.