Green Cross: Geneva has international, green credentials to host Green Climate Fund

Green Cross International and the Climate Change Task Force are backing the candidacy of Geneva, Switzerland, to become the future host city of the Green Climate Fund, a key tool in the global fight against climate change.

Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International and a member of the Task Force, said Geneva would be an ideal candidate due to its experience in hosting international bodies and its pro-green credentials.

“Geneva is a city that has long supported multilateralism, and it is a hub for environmental actors from civil society and the intergovernmental system, including the United Nations,” said Mr Likhotal, who is a member of the support committee for the Green Climate Fund to be hosted in Geneva. “Geneva, and Switzerland at large, epitomize environmental sustainability and protection, and serve as examples for many countries to follow.”

“The Fund would, therefore, thrive in such a location as Geneva, one that is both experienced in hosting international organizations and has a track record in terms of environmental issues, promoting alternative energy options and combatting climate change.”

Geneva is also a common ground for governments and businesses from around the world, a unique characteristic that would facilitate the future management of a Green Climate Fund here.

The Green Climate Fund was founded within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as a mechanism to transfer money from the developed to the developing world and assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change.

The Green Climate Fund was launched at the 2011 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa, and its governing board will consist of 24 members. The first Board meeting was held in Geneva in August 2012 and its next will take place in the Republic of Korea on 18-20 October.

About Green Cross International and the Climate Change Task Force:

Green Cross International (GCI), founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993, is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation through a combination of advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva and has a growing network of national organizations in over 30 countries.

The high-level Climate Change Task Force (CCTF) has been convened by President Gorbachev to stimulate an urgent and profound international response to the increasing risks and threats of climate change. The Task Force brings together scientists, practitioners and experts from developed and developing countries to focus attention on the crucial issue of climate change within a broad economic, social and political context. Green Cross International provides institutional support for the Task Force.

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