Tuesday, 16 April 2024

    UN chooses Aussie partner

    Save the Children Australia could get $73 million for each of its projects to help nations deal with climate change, after getting the UN tick of approval, news.com.au reports.

    An Australian charity has become the first socially focused non-government organisation to be part of the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund, allowing it to get up to $73 million per project.

    Aid agency Save the Children Australia will initially focus on the Pacific region to help communities deal with the social impact of climate change, such as ensuring they have food, clean water and food security.

    It’s working closely with the Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands governments to create suitable local projects, which would then be put forward to the GCF for funding.

    The charity was named as a GCF partner at a meeting at its South Korean headquarters on Wednesday evening.

    Save the Children Australia is the local arm of the global charity, but has led the move to be part of the GCF.

    The charity’s CEO Paul Ronalds said climate change would exacerbate deadly disasters felt across the globe.

    CEO, Paul Ronalds said the world-first accreditation reflected Save the Children Australia’s leading role in climate change programming for the global movement.

    “Save the Children has been preparing for and responding to severe and deadly disasters around the world for 100 years,” said Mr Ronalds.

    “We are acutely aware that climate change will not only exacerbate these hazards, but it will also intensify conflict, displacement and migration. Children will, without a shadow of a doubt, be among the most vulnerable to the devastating effects of climate change.

    “Save the Children is therefore uniquely placed and motivated to support the efforts of developing countries to anticipate, respond and adapt to climate change impacts.”

    The Green Climate Fund has already invested USD$5.5 billion in 123 projects around the world, enhancing the resilience of some 325 million people.


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