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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Climate Change Policy

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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111. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the financial instruments used in regard to €58 million of the international development programme on climate interventions in 2017; the breakdown of the climate finance from Ireland over the past three years; and the type of financial instruments in this regard, in tabular form. [10698/19]

Photo of Ciarán CannonCiarán Cannon (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Over the three years 2015-2017 inclusive, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade expended approximately €100 million on climate related interventions at a global and country level. These funds were channelled through multilateral organisations including International Financial Institutions, country partners primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, international and national civil society organizations, and UN agencies. A list of organisations and levels of funding provided to them for the three years 2015-2017 is itemised in the following table.

Ireland’s new policy for international development, A Better World, launched by the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development on 28th February maintains a strong focus on addressing climate change. Given the urgency of the issue and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals the new policy commits us to increase our funding and engagement with those most affected by the impact of climate change.

Channel of Climate Financing201520162017
Bi-lateral Cooperation€32,464,110€35,201,946€32,996,849
Civil Society Organisations€17,194,070€19,618,479€19,839,557
Multilateral financial Institutions & climate funds €1,200,000€1,500,000€1,500,000
Multilateral international (UN) agencies - €489,000€669,000€1,500,000
Other channels of support (IIED, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, World Resource Institute€1,850,000€1,850,000€1,860,000

Further information on Ireland’s international climate finance can be found at the Climate and Development Learning Platform, an open source website that supports Irish Aid and partners to better integrate climate change into development programming.


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