The third Steering Committee Meeting of the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub [CCFAH] was held on the 19 and 20 March 2019 at the Headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.
2. The Meeting was chaired by Mr. J.P. Rangan, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. Members of the Steering Committee comprise Mauritius, Namibia, Antigua and Barbuda, Tonga, Bangladesh, Australia and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Mauritius was represented by Mr. T.K. Chamane, First Secretary at the High Commission.
3. The CCFAH was set up following a decision of the Commonwealth Heads of Government to set up a mechanism to unlock the potential for climate finance for climatically vulnerable countries. The CCFAH is headquartered in Mauritius and operates on a hub and spoke model with climate national advisers based in Commonwealth small island states and developing countries.
Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Scotland and Members of the Steering Committee of the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub
4. During the two-day meeting, Mauritius was re-elected as Chair for a third year. A work plan delving extensively on all important issues of resource mobilization strategy, knowledge management mechanism, promotion and outreach, collaborative initiatives as well as monitoring and evaluation which are highly critical elements in the sustenance of the operations of the CCFAH was further adopted.
5. It was also agreed that the CCFAH will run an internship programme over 4 months. The internship will also be open to Mauritian nationals. The proposal was made by Mauritius at the Second Meeting of the Steering Committee to expose young learners from Commonwealth member states to the challenges being faced by beneficiary countries.
6. During her interaction with the members of the Steering Committee, the Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Scotland highlighted the significant strides made by the CFAH in a span of two years, under the Chair of Mauritius, especially in terms deployment of national advisers in vulnerable small states and the significant financial package being made available by funding agencies for projects in the pipeline.