BUJUMBURA March 4th (ABP) – The coordinator of the “Readiness” project of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Burundi, Mr. Olivier Abayisenga said in Bujumbura on Friday night that this project expects in the future to mobilize Burundi public sectors around the national climate action.

According to him, it is a preparatory project for the coordination of initiatives for access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for Burundi, said Mr. Abayisenga during a press briefing he held at the end of the closing of works of a training session on VCF mechanisms.

Launched in 2010 in Cancun (Mexico) and officially created in 2011, the GCF has since been considered the main multilateral instrument for financing climate actions.

Mr. Abayisenga indicated that this training session was organized for the inter-ministerial committee bringing together the different Burundi ministries characterize by a “certain vulnerability” in relation to the issue of climate change.

These ministries, he said, include those with Environment, Finance, Energy, Health, Trade and Good Governance in their attributions. Those ministries are said to be “vulnerable” because the effects of climate change affect their daily activities in relation to the missions assigned to them.

He was pleased with the main results achieved by this training session; because, for the moment, they have mastered the functioning of the GCF, in this case the appropriate form for the setting up of projects.

The UNDP-Burundi Readiness Project, he noted, is also very satisfied in that the results achieved by the training session are in line with expectations.

The added value of the GCF, he stressed, is that compared to other international mechanisms for financing climate activities, this Fund is in the process of positioning itself as a one-stop-shop for the financing of least developed countries (LDCs) in the climate field.

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