Ghana’s National Designated Authority to the GCF Launches Climate Change Materials

1 December 2016
Accra, Ghana

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GCF Readiness Tools and Guidelines launched in Accra

Ghana’s National Designated Authority (NDA) to the Green Climate Fund, the Real Sector Division of the Ministry of Finance, has launched three climate change materials that are designed to enhance the country’s efforts at combating climate change. These included an Operations’ Manual for the NDA, a prioritization tool and guidelines and a climate finance tracking tool. The tools, which were developed under the UNDP/UNEP/WRI GCF readiness programme, were launched by the Deputy Minister of Finance, Honourable Mona Quartey at a workshop held at Alisa Hotel on December 1st, 2016. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established in 2010 as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In her keynote address, the Minister expressed gratitude to UNDP and the readiness partners for the support in developing the three manuals. She noted that the manuals will facilitate the operations of the NDA and climate sensitive budgeting as well as ensure transparency and accountability of climate public expenditure in Ghana.
The manuals are largely seen by the NDA as very essential in Ghana’s efforts at dealing with climate change as they provide a standardized guide in the identification of climate-related projects and the tracking of public climate finance that is received by the country. The tools would be reviewed from time to time to reflect trends in the climate change space as well as prevailing conditions in the country. The NDA used the occasion of the launch to also create awareness and to share information with key stakeholders on GCF engagement.