Climate financing adaptation needs to be community owned with people-centered approach that includes local knowledge to guarantee transparency, effective and result-focused in building resilience says Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) Deputy Executive Director, Josaia Jirauni.

Speaking at the first plenary session on ‘Effective Financing Climate Adaptation at the 2022 Effective Development Cooperation Summit also known as the 3rd High Level Meeting (HLM3) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in Geneva, Switzerland, Jirauni said community ownership means locally led mechanisms that includes CSOs in climate related discussions and decision making processes at the national level where CSO plays a role in linking people’s voices on the ground to governments or development partners.

PIANGO Deputy Executive Director Josaia Jirauni  speaking at the plenary session on Effective Financing Climate Adaptation at the 2022 Effective Development Cooperation Summit in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said the current climate finance mechanisms are complex, bureaucratic based on loans and not on grants and there is no common tracking system to track how NDCs are being implemented, adding that there is no coherence between national or regional policies and there is a need to synchronise policies at the national, regional or global level.

“In order for successful partnerships with CSOs and community, there is a need to have trust with one another and the provision of enabling environment that maximises the participation of civil society and their engagements in any climate finance discussions focusing on the needs of the communities,” Jirauni said.

Jirauni is amongst civil society leaders of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) community, government ministers and decision-makers on development co-operation policies and programs, CEOs of the private sector, and other key actors from trade unions, foundations, multilateral development  banks, local and regional governments, parliamentarians, and academia who are in Geneva this week to put a spotlight on how better co-operation strengthens trust and transforms the way they work together through Effective Development Co-operation.

He also highlighted the need to strengthen countries Public Finance Management (PFM) systems and the need for CSOs to be part of the process for transparency and accountability mechanism with climate finance channelling through national budget process.

In a three-minute intervention, Jirauni articulated the need to refrain from financing unsustainable projects that adversely affect peoples, including indigenous communities and other groups, the environment, and the world’s biodiversity such as Deep Sea Mining nd the greenwashing that comes
with it.

He concludes by emphasising the need for inclusive partnerships, localising humanitarian where adaptation planning must use lessons learned from people, peace nexus approach in line with the Grand Bargain agreement by 2025 and the call to Action Now.

Jirauni will be speaking again in the Spotlight 11 Session on ‘Principles for Impact in Small Island Development States on Wednesday 14 December 2022, 10:00 CET.