Patricia Scotland– the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, met with some of the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub Advisers at COP 27. She expressed pleasure after hearing work done by the advisers to tackle the global issue dubbed climate change.
She took to social media and stated, “It was a pleasure to meet with some of our Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub (Commonwealth CFAH) Advisers at COP27.”
Patricia Scotland added that it is exciting to hear about the great and impactful work the Advisers are doing through their work with member countries to tackle Climate Change.
CSG Scotland further outlined that through the Commonwealth CFAH’s Hub and Spokes model, the deployment of Commonwealth Regional and National Climate Finance Advisers in Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean has mobilised over 53.6 million USD in Climate Finance with hundreds of millions more in the pipeline.
At another meeting, she also expressed pleasure in being in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, for COP27. Her first engagement was with Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office. During the meeting, they discussed the importance of COP27 for Commonwealth countries and explored strategies to enhance climate finance access.
She asserted, “Today, young people from across the Commonwealth call on COP27 leaders to recognise them as partners in the fight against climate change. Without action, this generation faces climate devastation for the rest of their lives.”
Earlier, she also led a tour to South Africa and attended the GBVF Summit 2022 in South Africa, convened by President Cyril Ramaphosa; it was heartbreaking to hear survivors speak of their traumas. It makes me more determined that we, in the Commonwealth, must work together to end GBVF and bring change.
CSG stated that 1 in 3 women would experience domestic or sexual violence in their lifetime. Her message to women and girls is: Don’t give up. Don’t be silent. Keep on fighting. And she promised the women, she as Commonwealth Secretary-General, would fight with them.
She also visited the Thabo Mbeki Foundation yesterday to learn about the important work they’re doing in South Africa and Africa. They discussed opportunities for collaboration and how toolkits from The Commonwealth can be used in some of their flagship programs, such as youth empowerment and education.
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