Climate change is real and, left unchecked, it will have profound consequences for everyone on the planet. COP21, the 2015 climate change summit in Paris saw an historic agreement on climate finance – a pledge that developed countries will by 2020 channel $100 billion a year of funding to poorer countries. That will help them meet the challenges posed by climate change, which will benefit all of us. Ireland will continue to play its part; between 2016 and 2020 more than €175 million in public funding will be made available. This year, Ireland will also begin to make contributions to the Green Climate Fund – a vehicle set up by the UN to channel finance to projects in the developing world.
However, the public sector alone cannot solve climate change. Huge and significant investment is needed from the private sector to properly fund lasting solutions. Ireland is playing a leadership role in mobilising funds and in helping our developing country partners add to their capacity in understanding climate finance and the role it can play in meeting their own societal, talent and economic country objectives. Among current initiatives is support for an Irish-led African Leadership in Sustainability & Climate Finance programme.
AFRICAN LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY
AND CLIMATE FINANCE
BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF 500 SENIOR AFRICAN CIVIL SERVANT LEADERS.
IRELAND SUPPORTING THE LEADERS OF THE FUTURE.
Focused exclusively on Africa, Sustainable Nation and the UN founded GeSCI in partnership with the UNEP, Mainstream Renewable Power, KPMG Ireland and the University of College Cork are currently developing a leadership accredited Postgraduate Diploma in African Leadership in Sustainability & Climate Finance.
Currently in development, this Leadership programme mirrors the existing hugely successful GeSCI African Leadership in ICT Postgraduate Diploma. Over the past five years this programme has worked with 700 senior African civil servants across 16 countries, building leadership capacity in the area of ICT.
The in African Leadership in Sustainability & Climate Finance aims to build the capacity of 500 senior African civil servant leaders over the next five years.
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