100 groups call for Climate Investment Funds to sunset

Posted by Reacción Climática on 14 Ee junio Ee 2017 a las 0:35

Ahead of this week’s meeting of the trust funds of the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, 100 groups have called for the CIFs to finally sunset, now that the Green Climate Fund is clearly operational. Two-thirds of the groups are from developing countries.


Here’s The Letter.


June 14, 2016



Dear Trust Fund Committee Members of the Strategic Climate Fund and Clean Technology Fund:



Now that it has approved projects and is beginning to disburse money, the Green Climate Fund is clearly operational. It is thus also unambiguously clear that it is time for the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds to sunset.



Since their inception, the CIFs were meant to be interim funds. In 2008, the sunset clauses of the Strategic Climate Fund and the Clean Technology Fund said, “…the SCF will take necessary steps to conclude its operations once a new [UNFCCC] financial architecture is effective…” and “the CTF will take necessary steps to conclude its operations once a new [UNFCCC] financial architecture is effective.”[1] That new financial architecture – the Green Climate Fund – is now indisputably effective. The CIFs’ raison d’etre has expired; attempts to reinterpret the obvious must cease.



Unlike the multilateral development bank-driven CIFs, the GCF was set up according to the principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. With a governance structure evenly split between developed and developing countries, the GCF is founded on a “country-driven approach” accountable to the institutions and people in developing countries, and has placed a premium on direct access to funds by developing country entities. The GCF promotes a gender-sensitive approach to its funding – the first climate fund to do so from the outset of its activities.



While lessons learned from the CIFs should be applied to the GCF, efforts to spin the CIFs as complementary to the GCF are disingenuous. Resources directed toward the CIFs are resources that should instead be directed to the GCF. Any effort to raise new sources of finance for the CIFs should cease immediately, and there should be no new investments.



Thank you for your consideration.






11.11.11-Coalition of the Flemish North-South Movement, Belgium


ActionAid International


Aksi for Gender, Social and Ecological Justice, Indonesia


All Nepal Peasants Federation, Nepal


All Nepal Women’s Association, Nepal


Alliance Sud, Switzerland


Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance Against Mining), Philippines


Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura, Philippines


Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Thailand


Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development, Regional




BankTrack, Netherlands


Beyond Beijing Committee, Nepal


Both ENDS, Netherlands


Bretton Woods Project, United Kingdom


Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, Philippines


Campaign for Climate Justice, Nepal


Carbon Market Watch, Belgium


Center for Biological Diversity, United States


Center for Environment, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Center for Popular Democracy, United States


Center for Socio-Economic Research and Development, Nepal


Centre for 21st century Issues (C21st), Nigeria


Centre for Social Impact Studies, Ghana


Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement, Cameroon


Centro Humboldt, Nicaragua


Centro Salvadoreño de Tecnologia Apropiada/Friends of the Earth El Salvador


Christian Aid, United Kingdom


Civic Concern Nepal


Climate Action Network Europe, Regional


Climate Change & Development NGO Alliance, Azerbaijan


Climate Finance Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (GFLAC), Mexico


CNCD-11.11.11, Belgium


Consumers Protection Association, Lesotho


Digo Bikas Institute, Nepal


Ecological Christian Organisation, Uganda


Ecological Society of the Philippines


Environics Trust, India


Farmers Forum South Asia, Regional


Finance & Trade Watch, Austria


Food & Water Watch, United States


Foundation HELP, Tanzania


Freedom from Debt Coalition, Philippines


Friends of the Earth – England, Wales and Northern Ireland


Friends of the Earth United States


Gender Action, United States


Global Catholic Climate Movement Pilipinas, Philippines


Green Development Advocates, Cameroon


Haburas Foundation/ Friends of the Earth Timor Leste


Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America


Himalaya Niti Abhiyan, India


Human Rights Alliance Nepal


Indian Social Action Forum, India


Indigenous Environmental Network, United States/International


Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, United States


Institute for Policy Studies, Climate Policy Program, United States


Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), Regional


International.Lawyers.Org, Switzerland


Jagaran Nepal


Jamaa Resource Initiatives, Kenya


Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement, Niger


Kitanglad Integrated NGOs, Inc., Philippines


Korea Federation for Environmental Movements, South Korea


KRuHA – Peoples Coalition on Water, Indonesia


Labour, Health and Human Rights Development Centre, Nigeria


LDC Watch, International


Leads Nigeria


Les Amis de la Terre France


Migrant Forum in Asia, Regional


National Coastal Women’s Movement, India


National Hawkers Federation, India


National Women Peasants Association, Nepal


Nepal Youth Peasants Association, Nepal


Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Nigeria


NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark


PALAG Mindanao, Philippines


Panay Rural Development Center, Inc., Philippines


Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, Philippines


Philippine Network for Rural Development and Democratization, Philippines


Policy Analysis and Research Institute of Lesotho


Population, Health, Environment Ethiopia Consortium, Ethiopia


Practical Action, United Kingdom


Reacción Climática, Bolivia


River Basin Friends, India


Rural Reconstruction Nepal


Sahabat Alam Malaysia/Friends of the Earth Malaysia


Sanlakas Philippines


Solidaritas Perempuan, Indonesia


South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication, Regional


South Asia Food Sovereignty Network, Regional


South Asia Peasants Coalition, Regional


Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, United States


Students for a Just and Stable Future, United States


SustainUS, United States


Third World Network, Malaysia


Trade Union Policy Institute of Nepal


VOICE Bangladesh


WomanHealth Philippines


Women Welfare Society, Nepal


Worldview-The Gambia






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