Green Climate Fund

Samoa to benefit from Norway's Green Climate Fund increase

The announcement coincided with a visit by Norway's Crown Prince to Samoa last week as part of a Pacific diplomatic mission that also stopped in Fiji and Tonga.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Norway's ambassador to the Pacific, Paul Gulleik Larsen, said his country would increase its commitment to the Green Climate Fund.

"We have great confidence in the Green Climate Fund which is helping these big important projects here in Samoa," he said.

Samoa grants Privileges and Immunities status to GCF

The agreement was signed on the occasion of the 15th meeting of the Board that is currently taking place in Samoa, the first time such meeting is held in the Pacific.
The immunities granted are in line with those of other international organisations and those applied in the United Nations system.
The Executive Director ad interim of the GCF Secretariat, Javier Manzanares said the granting of Privileges and Immunities is highly important for the effective operationalisation of the Fund’s investments.

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat accredited as an Observer to the Green Climate Fund

The announcement further improves opportunities for cooperation between the Pacific region and the GCF. Late last year Fiji’s Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Project was one of the first eight from around the world to be approved for funding, and earlier this week Cook Islands became the first Pacific country and Small Island Developing State to receive a readiness support grant from the GCF.

NZ called on to help Pacific countries access GCF

Opposition Labour party member Su'a William Sio made the comments after the Cook Islands became the first in the Pacific to get money through the GCF.

The money is intended to help vulnerable nations adapt to climate change.