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Former President Jagdeo to lead Commonwealth Expert Group on Climate Finance – 20th Jun 2013

shot0008Former President Bharrat Jagdeo will be joined by eight others to press the international community to help identify practical solutions for those countries most vulnerable to climate change.

Making the announcement, Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma said that the Commonwealth Expert Group on Climate Finance, convened under his Good Offices for the Environment, will present their report to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka later this year.

Accepting the role, Mr. Jagdeo said that some of the people most vulnerable to climate change live in the Commonwealth. Over the years, he said many pledges of assistance have been made – but there has not been enough action. Mr. Jagdeo said he hopes the Expert Group can identify ways, both to identify financing at a scale that matches the problem, and also to enable Commonwealth Heads of Government to take specific actions to enabled financing to be deployed in a way that rapidly gets to the people who need it.

Mr. Sharma said that the Commonwealth Secretariat is facilitating the gathering of evidence on good practices in climate finance through its online workspace for professional communities of practice.

To provide a further opportunity for dialogue with the Commonwealth Expert Group on Climate Finance, there will be an official launch of the Commonwealth Network on Environment and Climate Change at the Commonwealth Secretariat later this month.

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