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Civil Society Concerns Regarding GCF & High Environmental/Social Risk Projects

Sep. 22, 2016 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate, Climate change, Climate finance, Economic policy, Green climate fund, Human rights, Karen orenstein

As the Board of the Green Climate Fund prepares to consider its first high risk projects at the upcoming GCF meeting in South Korea October 12-14, more than 100 groups have issued the following statement to express deep concern about the inadequac...

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Getting the GCF We Fought For

Jul. 7, 2016 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate, Climate change, Climate finance, Climate justice, Economic policy, Green climate fund, International finance, Justice, Karen orenstein, World bank

I’ve just returned from attending the 13th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Many of us GCF old-timers[1] can’t help but feel a sense of sincere disappointment. How can anyone who, perhaps naively, looked to the GCF...

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100 groups call for Climate Investment Funds to sunset

Jun. 14, 2016 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate, Climate change, Climate finance, Economic policy, Green climate fund, International finance, Karen orenstein, World bank

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 de...

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5 simple reasons to oppose HSBC and Credit Agricole at the Green Climate Fund

Mar. 8, 2016 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate, Climate change, Climate finance, Climate justice, Fossil fuel, Green climate fund, Human rights, Karen orenstein

Either Wednesday or Thursday of this week, the Board of the Green Climate Fund will decide whether or not banking giants HSBC and Credit Agricole will become "accredited entities" of the GCF. Accredited entities are official partners of the GCF; t...

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Infographic: The Story of Climate Finance - Paying the high cost of climate chaos

Oct. 15, 2015 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth, Publications / Tags: Climate colonialism, Climate finance, Fossil fuels, Green climate fund, Karen orenstein, Robin hood tax

Understanding The Story of Climate Finance is fundamental to understanding climate chaos, its high cost for poor countries and the role that the U.S. plays. To help us all out, Friends of the Earth U.S. created an infographic which visualizes who...

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112 groups demand grants and honest accounting for rich countries' promised $100 billion in climate finance

Oct. 11, 2015 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate finance, Green climate fund, Karen orenstein

In light of the recent release of the OECD report, “Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion goal,” and the finance ministerial that took place in Lima, Peru on Oct. 9 on the sidelines of the World Bank/International Monetary...

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Environmental Finance, COP Blog: Don't turn the GCF into the Greedy Corporate Fund

Dec. 22, 2014 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate, Climate finance, Green climate fund, Karen orenstein

Posted 10 December, 2014 on Environmental Finance Last week, the UN Climate Summit in Lima, Peru, kicked off amid controversy with news that Japan had counted loans for coal projects in Indonesia as international climate finance. (Climate finance...

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