Samoa attends 6th GEF Assembly and related meetings in Vietnam.

Samoa joins other 182 countries in Da Nang, Vietnam to take stock of GEF 6 and welcomes the replenishment of the 7th cycle of the Global Environment Facility which runs from 2018 – 2022.  GEF has successfully resourced some national activities mainly on climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity conservation, land degradation, chemicals and waste, and international waters.The meeting  is from 23-28 June 2018 which includes the ministerial Assembly that ran for 2 days.

In the Samoa national statement , the Hon Deputy Prime Minister acknowledges positive progress on many fronts. However there are still issues that need focused attention to ensure we get optimal benefit of GEF’s contribution. One of the key challenge relates to the timely access to GEF resources due to delays in the approval process. For instance, the need to simply procedures for access and approval to environment and climate finance, technology transfer and capacity building of relevance to SIDS are a point in mind. The meeting was reminded of the need to consider the special case of SIDS particularly their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and other external factors not of their making, must be considered and reflected in GEF Council decisions both in terms of resource allocations and project approval considerations.

A total of 29 donors pledged resources to GEF-7 resulting in an overall envelope of USD 4.1 billion, which includes new donor funding of USD 3.3 million in new funding and USD 573 million in carryover from previous replenishment and USD 150 million in projected investment income. Twenty two (22) contributing countries maintained their pledges as in GEF 6and 15 increased their contributions. Excluding the impact of currency revaluation, new donor funding to GEF-7 is slightly more than GEF-6 level – which underscores strong support for GEF.

For the new cycle of funding, Samoa is looking at utilizing its national allocations on Food Security and an Ocean Program focusing on waste, plastics and affected biodiversity.

Samoa’s delegation is led by Her Honorable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations  Aliioaiga Feturi Elisaia, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, CEO, MNRE and Ms. Anne Rasmussen, ACEO and GEF Adviser, MNRE.

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