Statement from Global South Civil Society Calling for No Dirty Energy in the Green Climate Fund

Date: 
Monday, May 12, 2014

Dear Members and Alternate Members of the Board of the Green Climate Fund,

We are organizations, movements and communities from developing countries whose citizens bear the brunt of the most harmful consequences of climate change. The Green Climate Fund is of vital concern for us as the mobilization of unprecedented levels of finance is urgently needed as part of an immediate and strategic response to the climate crisis.

All efforts must be made to ensure that climate finance is provided adequately, allocated equitably and used effectively to enable all people (irrespective of gender, class, religion or age), communities and nations to deal with present and future impacts of climate change and to make the systemic transformation necessary to prevent worst-case catastrophes, halt global warming and heal the planet.

We urge you to make it an explicit policy – as part of the Investment Framework and Results Management Framework -- that GCF funds will not be used directly or indirectly for financing fossil fuel and other harmful energy projects or programs.  We note with grave concern and alarm how other international financial institutions include these types of projects in their climate and energy financing, under the logic of “lower carbon” energy and switching to “lower emissions” fuels.

Financing any fossil fuels and harmful energy through the Green Climate Fund is unacceptable. It is fundamentally in conflict with the mandate provided by the Governing Instrument for the Green Climate Fund and the principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  For the Green Climate Fund to have transformational impact, it should not promote “business-as-usual” energy solutions in the name of providing energy access for all – an important goal that can and must be met through clean energy solutions.

Further, we urge you to adopt an “exclusion list” as part of the Green Climate Fund policies on environmental, social, gender and financial safeguards and protection – a practice of several international financial institutions and national development finance institutions. We stand ready to engage and contribute to the development of such a policy.

Our calls are also strongly endorsed by colleagues and organizations based in developed countries listed after the signatories.

Signatories and Endorsers:

Organizations from Developing Countries and Global South Networks

REGIONAL and GLOBAL SOUTH ORGANIZATIONS

Jubilee South - Asia/Pacific Movement on Debt and Development

LDC Watch

Migrant Forum in Asia

South Asia Peasants Coalition

Third World Network

South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication

NGO Forum on the ADB

Asian Indigenous Women's Network (AIWN )

Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education)

No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN)

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)

African Biodiversity Network (ABN)

350.org (Africa and Middle East)

Greenpeace Southeast Asia

CAN South Asia

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense AIDA

Global Indigenous Peoples Partnership on Climate Change, Forests and Sustainable Development

IBON International

GAIA - Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

Global Forest Coalition

Focus on the Global South

Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Program for South and Southeast Asia

Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) 

Friends of the Earth International

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS in ASIA and the PACIFIC

BANGLADESH

Bangladesher Jatiyo Sromik Jote-BJSJ

EquityBD Bangladesh

Nabodhara Bangladesh

Unnayan Onneshan Bangladesh

Bangladesh Krishok Federation

Bangladesh Kishani Sabha

Bangladesh Adivasi Samity

Bangladesh Floating Labor Union

Bangladesh Floating Women Labor Union

Bangladesh Rural Intellectuals' Front

Biplobi Jubo Sabha, Bangladesh

Ganochchaya Sanskritic Kendro, Bangladesh

Swadhin Bangla Garments Sramik o Karmochari Federation, Bangladesh

Nabodhara, Bangladesh

VOICE, Bangladesh

Online Knowledge Society, Bangladesh

Maleya Foundation, Bangladesh

Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), Bangladesh

CHINA

Greenovation HUB

EAST TIMOR

Haburas Foundation/Friends of the Earth East Timor

INDIA

Indian Social Action Forum

Kerala Independent Fishworkers Federation, India

Environics Trust

Mines Minerals & People, India

Himalaya Niti Abhiyan (NHA)

Keystone Foundation, India

PAIRVI (Public Advocacy Initiatives for Rights and Values in India)

Beyond Copenhagen Collective

Himal Prakriti

River Basin Friends, Northeast India

Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha (India People’s Science Campaign) 

Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society 

Gujarat Forum  on CDM

Water Initiatives Odisha

INDONESIA

AKSI Indonesia

Koalisi Anti-Utang Indonesia

KRUHA Peoples Coalition for the Right to Water Indonesia

Solidaritas Perempuan Indonesia

Indonesia Civil Society Forum for Climate Justice

debtWATCH Indonesia

Gema Alam West Nusa Tenggara - Indonesia

Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR)

WALHI/FoE Indonesia

Mining Advocay Network, JATAM, Member of CSF-CJI

Manikaya Kauci Foundation, Indonesia

Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Program Indonesia

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH KOREA 

Transparency International Korea Chapter 

Energy and Climate Policy Institute for Just Transition, South Korea 

MALAYSIA

Friends of the Earth Malaysia

SAVE Rivers Network Sarawak, Malaysia  

NEPAL

All Nepal Peasant Federation

All Nepal Women Association

Campaign for Climate Justice Network, Nepal

Jagaran Nepal

Rural Reconstruction Nepal

Campaign for Climate Justice (CCJN), Nepal

Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environment Nepal (JVE-NEPAL)

Garjan.Org, Nepal

National Forum for Advocacy, Nepal (NAFAN)

South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (SADED)

PAKISTAN

Pakistan Fisherfolk Federation

Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee, Pakistan

PHILIPPINES

Freedom from Debt Coalition

Philippine Movement for Climate Justice

Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, 

Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities

Philippines Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) 

Sanlakas

Kalayaan

WomanHealth Philippines

Partnership for Clean Air (PCA) Inc., 

Ateneo School of Government

Ecological Society of the Philippines

Alyansa Tigil Mina, Philippines

Partido ng Manggagawa (Labour Party of the Philippines)

Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (Solidarity of Filipino Workers)

PhilNet-RDI at PRDCI

Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment and Sustainable Economy

Coastal Core, Inc., Sorsogon City, Philippines.

Miriam P.E.A.C.E.

EcoWaste Coalition, Philippines

NGOs for Fisheries Reform (NFR), Philippines

kitanglad integrated ngos (KIN)

Peoples Movement on Climate Change

Koalisyon Pabahay ng Pilipinas

SARILAYA

WWF Philippines

Center for Power Issues and Initiatives

Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc. (SSMESI)

Cordillera Peoples Alliance - Philippines 

Network for Sustainable Livelihood Catalysts, Inc. NSLC

Responsible Ilonggos for Sustainable Energy (RISE)

SRI LANKA

National Fisheries Solidarity Movement  (NAFSO) Sri Lanka

Center for Environmental Justice/Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka

Janathakshan, Sri Lanka

National Fisheries Solidarity Movement, Sri Lanka 

TAIWAN

Taiwan Environmental Protection Union, Taipei, TAIWAN

TAJIKISTAN

Little Earth, Tajikistan 

THAILAND 

Forest and Farmer Foundation (FFF), Thailand 

 Thai NGO Committee on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ThaiNGOWCARRD)

CAN Thailand

Centre for Community Empowerment for Environmental Rehabilitation, Thailand

Climate Watch Thailand

VIETNAM

 350.org Vietnam

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS in LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

BOLIVIA

Bolivian platform on Climate Change

Fundacion Solon

BRAZIL

Vitae Civilis, de Brasil

Observatorio do Clima

COLOMBIA

Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad

Dejusticia Colombia

GUYANA

Global Youth Movement - Guyana

HONDURAS

Fundacion De Iniciativas De Cambio Climatico De Honduras

Fundacion MDL De Honduras  

MEXICO

Centro de Transporte Sustentable EMBARQ México

Equidad de Género: Ciudadania, Trabajo y Familia, México

Instituto de Políticas para el Transporte y el Desarrollo (ITDP), Mexico

PANAMA

Asociación Ambientalista de Chiriquí

PERU

Citizen Mouvement on Climate Change ( MOCICC) - PERU

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS in AFRICA 

REPUBLIC of CHAD

Association pour le Marketing Social au Tchad

ETHIOPIA 

Ethiopian Society for Consumer Protection; 

Wolaitta Development Association, Ethiopia 

National Food Secuirty and Environment Forum of Ethiopia

THE GAMBIA

Worldview-The Gambia

REPUBLIC of GHANA

Abibimman Foundation, Ghana 

GUINEA

Guinée Ecologie

REPUBLIC of DJIBOUTI

Organisation de Bienfaisance et de Développement (Hodagad)

REPUBLIC of KENYA 

Jamaa Resource Initiatives, Kenya

MADAGASCAR 

Youth Network for MDGs Madagascar

MALAWI

Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN), Malawi

MAURITIUS 

Mauritius Council for Development Environmental Studies and Conservation (MAUDESCO), Mauritius 

REPUBLIC of MOZAMBIQUE

JA! Justiça Ambiental/ FoE Moçambique

NIGERIA

Center for 21st Century Issues, Nigeria

NGO Coalition for Environment (NGOCE), Calabar, Nigeria

Labour,Health and Human Rights Development Centre

Climate Change Network Nigeria

REPUBLIC of SENEGAL

Senegalese Social Forum

ONG Panafricaine Pour l'Education au Développement Durable (PAEDD), Senegal

ONG PanAfria Yung  Man's Organization

ARCADE (Association for Research and Training for Endogenous Development)

African Forum for Alternatives

SIERRA LEONE 

Youth Partnership for Peace and Development, Sierra Leone 

SOMALIA

Somali Organisation for Community Development Activities

SOUTH AFRICA

groundWork (friends of the earth South Africa)

Southern and East African Trade Institute (SEATINI), South Africa

SOUTH SUDAN 

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization-CEPO, South Sudan 

TOGO

Jeunes Volontaire pour l'Environnement (JVE-Togo)

REPUBLIC of UGANDA

National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) - Friends of the Earth Uganda

Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI)

THE ZAMBIA

Zambia Youth Climate Change Forum (ZYCCF)

Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN)

Endorsers from Organizations based in Developed Countries

INTERNATIONAL and REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Action Aid

Carbon Market Watch

CARE International – Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN)

Corporate Europe Observatory

CAN-Europe

Greenpeace

350.org

Earth in Brackets

Food & Water Watch

Helio  International

Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)

International Forum on Globalization

International Rivers

International Institute of Environment and Development (iied)

Oxfam

WWF International

Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO).

 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

NORTH AMERICA

Institute for Policy Studies

Heinrich Boell Foundation North America

Ulu Foundation 

Sierra Club

Friends of the Earth US

Center for Biological Diversity

Climate Wise Women

EcoEquity

Rainforest Action network

Center for International Environmental Law

U.S. Climate Plan

SustainUS

The Ecologist

World Team Now (WTN)

Jubilee USA Network

Friends of the Earth US 

EUROPE

Friends of the Earth England Wales and Northern Ireland

World Development Movement, UK

Christian Aid UK

Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) UK

Bread for the World Germany

Germanwatch

Healthy Planet UK

Ecologistas en Accion  Spain

Global Social Justice  Belgium

11.11.11 Belgium

Alliance Sud,  Switzerland

Iceland Nature Conservation Association

Climate Action Network Europe

Ecology Collective / Ekoloji Kolektifi, Turkey

Both ENDS, Holland

GAIA Foundation UK

Green Alliance, Belarus

Quercus - Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza, Portugal 

Trócaire, Ireland 

Tearfund, UK 

Friends of the Earth Norway

Debt and Development Coalition Ireland

ReCommon Italy

PACIFIC

Jubilee Australia

Climate Justice Programme, Australia

ATTAC, Japan

Friends of the Earth Japan

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