Port Moresby 20th August 2020, GGGI and CCDA organized a special event to celebrate the official completion of PNG’s first GCF readiness and preparatory support project and launching the GCF Country Programme and the No Objection Procedure.
The celebratory launch was opened by Mr. Ruel Yamuna, Managing Director of Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA). In his introductory address, Mr. Yamuna highlighted that the GCF readiness and support project was delivered successfully, with quality outputs and training sessions and establishment of the needed procedures through wider consultations, involving key stakeholders at the national level such as the Office of the Prime Minister and National Executive Council (NEC), Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM) and the Department of Treasury as well as others at national, and provincial levels. He thanked Minister Mori’s support throughout the project and key contribution to the success of the project, including leading the submission of the GCF Privileges and Immunities to the NEC recently. Mr. Yamuna concluded his remarks noting the journey of completing the GCF project marked an important milestone for Papua New Guinea by laying the building blocks for accessing further support from GCF.
Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, GGGI Country Representative for Papua New Guinea (PNG) stated that the journey of completing the GCF readiness and support project from the first idea generation in 2017 took 30 months. The project delivered a number of important technical outputs such as PNG’s first GCF related private sector assessment, the first GCF Country Programme, the first GCF project gender guidelines, project preparation manual, sectoral training manuals that cover energy, forestry, health, and natural resources, just to name a few. She also noted the other key project milestones such as organizing 14 big meetings throughout the country and across regions including four regional workshops covering all 22 provinces, and 4 validation workshops and a training session.
The Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Link mentioned that they were pleased to engage in these shared milestones, which mark a huge step toward the goal of a more resilient Papua New Guinea. He stated that according to the Green Climate Fund the PNG GCF Country Programme is one of the most comprehensive and well-put-together Country Programmes that they have received to date and this is an extraordinary achievement. He concluded the remarks by commending all the in-country stakeholders for their commitment and valuable contribution to the work, and the PNG Government for taking charge and leading the way to build climate change resilience and locally-owned development responses.
In her concluding remarks, Dr. Abeysinghe thanked CCDA for its guidance throughout the project and Honourable Mori, M.D Yamuna, and all the Senior Managers for their continuous leadership. She also thanked other government partners such as the DNPM, Departments of Agriculture and Livestock, Treasury, Finance, the Office of the Prime Minister, and NEC for their continued participation and contribution in this project as well as for the USAID Climate Ready Programme for being the technical partner in this project.
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Local GGGI communications contact
Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, Country Representative, Papua New Guinea