AU official urges member-states to utilize green climate funds

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The African Union (AU) Commission says training officials of member states, agencies and academic institutions on the skills of developing, implementing and monitoring of Green Climate Fund (GCF) proposals would help member states better utilize green climate funds.

Prof. Sarah Agbor, the Commissioner, Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Human Commission, made the call in Abuja while declaring open a three-day Capacity Building workshop for representatives of AU member states.

“The Green Climate Fund aims to promote a paradigm shift towards low emission and climate resilient pathways in developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impact of climate change.

“However, many AU member states have been able to access the GCF, and that is why this particular conference is very essential,” she said.

“Where do we go, how do we go, how do we implement and get member States access to the GCF?

“The key development mechanism has registered a minimal success of less than 2% in Africa in terms of Projects as compared to China alone that has over 80%.

“Some studies attest that this is due to the lack of institutional and technical Capabilities which attract funds in accordance with best practices.

The AU commissioner urged the stakeholders at the workshop to realise that they had a responsibility to the continent.

“May I underscore the need to prepare officials of member states’ industries, agencies, parastatals  and academic institutions for training on the skills of developing, implementing, and monitoring of GCF projects.

“The dream of achieving what Africa should be lies in all of you. We say health is wealth, but when there is pollution everywhere how can there be health?

“In whatever capacity you are attending this meeting, you have already been taken as an ambassador to promote the GCF and for it to be implemented so that at the end of the day, we will benefit from the positives that will come out of it,’’ she added.

The workshop, organised by the African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission (AU-STRC) Abuja, was to train the participants on the process involved in accessing the fund.

Participants from 17 African countries are attending the three-day conference.