Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said: “As part of this, it is essential that funding be streamlined to enable climate change projects to be rolled out around the country.”
He said an important focus for current GCF engagement is to work with Pacific countries to develop project proposals before submitting to the GCF Board for deliberation.
“The process of identifying and developing projects is driven by individual countries and ensures that projects are developed that are specific to the dangers faced by our people.
“Papua New Guineans know what we need in our communities to deal with damage brought about by extreme weather.
“Through the GCF process, we have the opportunity to identify and develop these projects.”
O’Neill thanked the Green Climate Fund and the Australian Government for their continued support on dealing with the consequences of climate change as a shared concern.
“Papua New Guinea is a signatory to the commitments arising out of COP 21, in Paris in 2015, and we look forward to receiving capacity building and financial support from GCF to enable effective implementation.”
GCF officials have already conducted a number of workshops for participants from government entities, businesses, NGOs, foreign donor agencies and other interested individuals.
The Fund is a unique global platform to respond to climate change by investing in low-emission and climate-resilient development.