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High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF)

arton3103The UN Secretary-General established a High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) in February 2010 for the duration of 10 months. The Group studied potential sources of revenue for the scaling up of new and additional resources from developed countries for financing actions in developing countries, in the spirit of the political commitments contained in the Copenhagen Accord. At the request of the AGF Secretariat, UN-NGLS sought input from civil society from August through October 2010 regarding political considerations for the AGF’s final report.

Civil Society Input

Civil society input was gathered through telephone interviews with NGO representatives, and through two in-person meetings and a conference call between NGO representatives and the AGF Secretariat. The input was conveyed to the AGF Panelists and their deputies through four reports:

NGO Input: Political Considerations for the AGF Report – 01 September 2010

Notes of the 22 September 2010 conference call between the AGF Secretariat and NGO representatives

Notes of the 23 September 2010 meeting between the AGF Secretariat and NGO representatives in New York

Notes of the 7 October 2010 meeting between the AGF Secretariat and NGO representatives in Tianjin, China

Civil Society Feedback About the AGF Report

After the release of the AGF final report in November 2010, UN-NGLS continued its efforts to provide opportunities for dialogue between civil society representatives and the AGF Secretariat, as a means for civil society to ask questions and provide feedback about the AGF final report. UN-NGLS therefore organized one in-person meeting (8 November) and one conference call between the AGF Secretariat and civil society representatives (16 November). The meeting and conference call were conduced under the Chatham House Rule and notes were conveyed to the AGF Panelists and their deputies through the following reports:

Notes of the 8 November meeting between the AGF Secretariat and NGO representatives in New York

Notes of the 16 November conference call between the AGF Secretariat and NGO representatives

Climate Finance Roundtable Discussion at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-16)

On 7 December 2010 in Cancun, Mexico, NGLS organized a closed multi-stakeholder discussion on the subject of “Climate Finance – The Role of Public Sources,” bringing together more than 40 participants including AGF deputies, and climate finance experts from governments and civil society, including from youth organizations. A summary of this meeting is available here.

The summary is structured so that it captures key points made during participants’ remarks and a summary of the discussion period. The event sought to advance understanding about public sources of climate financing; in particular how these sources can be reconciled with the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities.

The UN-NGLS e-Roundup "Achieving Equitable and Effective Climate Finance: Civil Society Perspectives" highlights civil society perspectives on recent outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico (COP16) as well as issues related to sources and governance for climate finance.

 

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.

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