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Antigua and Barbuda Represented at GCF Global Programming Conference

Director of the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Environment,
Ambassador Diann Black-Layne, and the Deputy Project Coordinator of the
Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) Project, Christa-Joy Burton joined global
leaders, experts and companies from 13th – 15th September to participate
in the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) second Global Programming Conference
(GPC).

The annual event, hosted in Incheon, South Korea, this year, brought
together private and public sector stakeholders to explore innovative
ways the private sector can mobilise and scale up finance to accelerate
climate action in developing countries like Antigua and Barbuda.

The GPC 2022 focused on unlocking capital for climate action by
providing a platform to address market failures, showcase new ideas, and
forge new partnerships within the climate finance sector.

Attendees left the conference with a new perspective and shared
experiences on innovations and best practices for scaling up
public-private partnerships toward climate action.

According to Burton, “As one of the first accredited Direct Access
Entity (DAEs) to have a regional EDA pilot project approved by the GCF,
it was important to be in attendance to share on our progress and
lessons learnt thus far.

“Through the in-person bilaterals and joint sessions, we were able to
have candid discussions with the GCF representatives on the
effectiveness of the technical support and funding procedures provided
by the GCF, and also had the opportunity to strengthen our partnerships
not only with the GCF, but with other NDAs and AEs.

“I think this is especially key to improving climate action and project
support across developing countries through the sharing of new and best
practices and exploring areas for innovation for climate action.”

The three-day event took stock of the GCF´s role in enabling climate
action and provided a stage for GCF stakeholders to inform the strategy
for the second replenishment period to effectively respond to the
increasingly urgent needs to address climate change and meet the Paris
Agreement objectives.

The conference also offered the opportunity to advance country
programming, share lessons from implementation and disseminate knowledge
of GCF operational tools as well as strengthen the GCF partnership
network.

The programme included a high-level segment with the participation of
Ministers and Heads of Accredited Entities on the first day of the
conference followed by two days of parallel thematic and sectoral tracks
and bilateral meetings.

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