To contribute new momentum behind economic and finance solutions for a just, resilient, and green recovery, the Vulnerable Twenty Group (V20), led by Bangladesh, is convening an inaugural Climate Vulnerables Finance Summit.
A spiralling, dual climate-Covid crisis has shaken vulnerable developing economies, undermined livelihoods and sustainable development progress, and generated unprecedented transnational financial upheaval with multiple penalties for the world’s poor and vulnerable groups. At the same time, weak delivery of international climate finance, unresolved carbon finance mechanisms under the Paris Agreement, and financing instruments that are ineffective at addressing challenges specific to systemically climate vulnerable economies hold back ambition are exposing the world economy to acute risks, fuelling uncertainty, and undermining trust and the global recovery.
Overcoming such challenges on the road to UNFCCC COP26 is an urgent priority and targeted initiatives that promote action on managing macroeconomic risks, capital hurdles to climate action, bridging the financial protection gap, among other key climate finance challenges, also represent a significant opportunity to build back better.
To contribute new momentum, the V20, led by Bangladesh, is convening “Climate Vulnerables Finance Summit” – the first intergovernmental finance summit led by economies systemically vulnerable to the global climate crisis. The Summit builds on the Midnight Survival Deadline for the Climate, spearheaded by the Bangladesh presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and V20, and contributes to over 70 nations revising their Paris Agreement national commitments, as well as the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021, the G7 Summit outcome for increasing climate finance and funding for climate change adaptation, and other recent pledges of strengthened climate responses from major and vulnerable economies and international financial institutions alike.
Prepared and hosted by the V20, and co-hosted with the Global Center on Adaptation, the Summit will be headed by global leaders, includes ministerial roundtables, and will feature interventions by CVF Heads of State and Government, high-level representatives of key partners, and the V20 Ministers of Finance. Together with the United Nations, the IMF and development partners, the high-level dialogue aims to shape globally cooperative and South-South responses for fast-tracked resilience building efforts and bold new economic and finance actions and partnerships that are updated for the evolving realities of tandem climate and COVID pressures. The Summit likewise serves as a critical opportunity to showcase all that the most climate threatened nations have been facing and undertaking, while exploring appropriate and enhanced responses with the international community. An effective recovery and resilient and prosperous future demands global and regional economic and financial cooperation and institutions consistent with the needs, and supportive of the ambition, of the most vulnerable.
The Summit will issue a Communique highlighting the key expectations of the vulnerable economies on global climate finance, cooperation with multi-lateral financial institutions, and COP26, as well as partnerships being advanced together with the V20, including: