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Nicaraguan Minister, Paul Oquist, Green Climate Fund Co Chair

News from Nicaragua | Tuesday, 27 February 2018 |

Dr Paul Oquist speaking at Paris Climate Conference, 2015

Dr Paul Oquist speaking at Paris Climate Conference, 2015

Dr Paul Oquist, Nicaragua’s long time representative to UN bodies on climate change, has been appointed co-chair of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Dr Oquist has been elected as the developing country Co-Chair, whilst Lennart Båge of Sweden is the developed country Co-Chair.


Set up in 2010 by 194 countries who are parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the GCF was created to help developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.


Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, the GCF was given an important role in serving the agreement and supporting the goal of keeping climate change well below 2 degrees Celsius.

With the acceleration of climate change, the role of the GCF will be even more critical in coming years in addressing the gross injustice of those most impoverished and least responsible for climate change suffering the most dramatic consequences.