ZAMBIA invited to join climate Steering Committee


LUSAKA, Saturday, 6 th August, 2022 – The Government has expressed gratitude to the
Commonwealth for inviting Zambia to the membership of the Steering Committee of the
Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub (CCFAH).
Ministry of Green Economy and Environment Permanent Secretary Mr. John Msimuko was
speaking in Mauritius at the 5 th Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub (CCFAH)
Steering Committee meeting.

“The Government of Zambia is grateful to the Commonwealth Secretariat and particularly
Secretary General, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, for inviting Zambia to the
membership of the Steering Committee of the CCFAH,” Mr. Msimuko said. “Zambia will use
her membership to the Steering Committee to work with 13 other countries participating in the
CCFAH to increase access to climate finance from the current $50m to over $1billionn over
the next few years. Besides, Zambia will be pushing to access at least $80m from already
prepared proposals and $100m through fresh proposals over the next 3 years.”

He explained that at the 26 th United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26)
in Glasgow Scotland, Zambia expressed interest to be a champion in the Commonwealth Call
on Action on Living Lands. At the 5 th Steering Committee meeting, Mr. Msimuko re-affirmed
Zambia’s commitment to the Call on Action on Living Lands.

The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub was established in 2016 to support Small
States and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) that are most vulnerable to the impacts of
climate change unlock the available climate finance.
CCFAH helps countries translate their climate targets into action by supporting the
development of grant proposals and project pipelines, building human and institutional
capacity, providing technical advisory services and facilitating cross-Commonwealth
cooperation and sharing of experiences and expertise.

At present, CCFAH provision of technical assistance to the Government of Zambia from July
2020, has included the development of a project pipeline worth approximately US$58 million.
Zambia and the Commonwealth will be holding a Joint Side Event at COP27 in Egypt on
‘Unlocking Private Sector Finance to Accelerate Climate Action in Small and other Vulnerable
In 2023, Zambia will be leveraging the support of the Commonwealth in developing its
National Nature-base Solutions (NbS) Strategy.