Posted: Friday, February 10, 2023. 10:16 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Investment is launching the Green Climate Fund (GCF) country programme 2022-2026.
Communications officer in the Ministry, Nicole Zetina welcomed Minister Rodwell Ferguson, Ambassador of Japan to Belize and representatives of the respective Government ministries and Non-Governmental organizations to the event.
A moment of silence was observed in memory of Vivian Belisle Ramnarace, who was pivotal in the development of Belize’s climate change country program.
Belize’s GCF country program aims to assist Belize in achieving climate resilience.
Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Economic Development, Dr. Osmond Martinez also welcomed the Non-Government Organizations and commended them on keeping governments accountable on the management of natural resources.
CEO Martinez says this Belize country program is for 2022-2026.
Small island development states such as Belize are highly successible to the disproportionate impacts of climate change, CEO Martinez noted.
“Our vulnerability to climate change has forced the people of Monkey River to become the first climate change refugess. They have become the first climate change refugees in Belize and they may not be the first or the last. The mega appetite of climate change has swallowed the properties that they owned. So it is clear that there is no time to waste when it comes to increase our climate resilience,” Dr. Martinez said.
In addition, CEO Martinez noted that the Briceno administration took office facing many challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic and sought solutions.
“Through engagement with GCF, Belize has been able to capitalize on funding for our climate agenda,” CEO Martinez added.
CEO Martinez said that since 2020, the Government of Belize has made significant strides and the Government is eager to continue building on these with an updated country program reflecting current priorities and climate finance that will help build climate resilience.
CEO Martinez also thanked Japan for being the highest contributor to GCF and says discussions has been ongoing on future climate options.
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