Participants included various high level dignitaries of states from the leading countries and in particular the government representatives of the Government of Cambodia and of Bhutan as the two pilot countries of LoCAL; Other countries that recently joined LoCAL attended the event, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Benin. They were sided by countries that are slated to join pending official agreements (Solomon Islands, Mali, Ghana)
The meeting was chaired by the Director of Local Development Finance Practice of UNCDF and was observed by the UN Ambassador Benin (video below), the UNCDF Executive Secretary, the UNCDF Local Development Finance Deputy Director, the WRI and the KACCC.
In its first phase the LoCAL project tested the LoCAL approach in four local governments in Bhutan and Cambodia, tested the validity of LoCAL as a component of AF-financed climate change adaptation program in the Solomon Islands, refined the local methodology based on the lessons learned from these pilots and laid the ground for a second phase of the project, which rolls out the methodology in Africa and Asia;
In the second phase of the project, LoCAL transitions from a regional to a global project, the intended outcome of which is “Increased local government access to climate finance to implement CCA activities in target countries in cross region.” The objective and the intended outcome of the project will be achieved through 4 out put as below:
- CCA is mainstreamed into government’s planning and budgeting systems
- Increased awareness of and response to climate change at the local level
- Increased amount of CCA finance available to local government and local economy
- The project effectively, efficiently and transparently implemented in line with UNCDF project management regulations
The project board will meet at least twice a year to approve budgets and outline overall strategies of LoCAL as it evolves. Virtual meetings are planned to flexibly accommodate the busy schedule of the various high level dignitaries of state that comprise the board. The board meetings are facilitated by the Project Management staff including the LoCAL Project manager, the LoCAL project Associate, the LDF Portfolio Specialist (HQ), the RTA (Dhaka Office) and the LDF Programme Associate.
The next meeting is planned for the latter part of 2014, with dates to be confirmed later.