Climate action and sustainable development were the key topics of the UN General Assembly from 23 to 27 September 2019. At both the Climate Action Summit and the Sustainable Development Summit, the countries pledged their support for a more committed approach to climate protection and development policy.

During the UN Summit Week, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety presented several new initiatives funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) to implement the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

GO for SDGs-Initiative

As announed at the Climate Action Summit in New York, the Environment Ministry will make EUR 7.5 million available for the “Global Opportunities for SDGs” (GO for SDGs) within the framework of the International Climate Initiative.

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City Climate Finance Gap Fund

With the new City Climate Finance Gap Fund, Germany and others set out to spark investments in low-carbon and climate resilient urban infrastructure. This Fund aims to address the finance necessary to bring projects to realization.

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Leadership for Urban Climate Investments

In order to support cities in their climate protection measures and to overcome the existing obstacles to urban climate financing on a global level, BMU has launched the “LUCI” framework initiative together with many partners.

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BMU also continues to provide clear support for the implementation of the Paris Agreement in projects under the International Climate Initiative (IKI). Since 2017, the IKI has started selection procedures for bilateral programmes with Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, Argentina, Costa Rica, India and Ukraine with a funding volume of between €11 and €35 million per programme. These programmes will provide assistance and support to the partner countries. The entire IKI portfolio is also continuously aligned with the NDCs of the partner countries.

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Powering Past Coal Alliance

Germany joins the international alliance for the coal phase-out – the “Powering Past Coal Alliance”. To date, the Alliance boasts 80 national governments, plus many regions and companies. They are all committed to stopping the construction of new coal-fired power plants, ending international coal financing, setting a date for the coal phase-out and aligning their national climate protection measures with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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Global Flagship Report: “Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity”

The “Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity report on climate-friendly cities: How can national governments secure shared economic prosperity and avert climate catastrophe” was co-financed by BMU and published in the run-up to the UN climate summit.

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Climate Action Enhancement Package

The Climate Action Enhancement Package of the NDC Partnership (NDCP) is intended to support partner countries in accelerating the implementation and updating of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020. The IKI has already supported numerous countries in the development and revision of their NDCs – and it is planning to make a further €5 million in funding available.

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FELICITY

Support for urban infrastructure projects will be further developed. The project preparation facility “FELICITY I” will be followed by “FELICITY II”. FELICITY supports mitigation measures in cities and municipalities by providing advice on funding, capacity building, policy-making and knowledge management regarding financing mechanisms.

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