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The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing discussing benefits to the United States from deploying foreign aid to vulnerable regions to help them become more resilient to climate change impacts. The briefing will also explore the inner workings of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a multi-lateral effort to mobilize $100 billion in public and private financing for adaptation and mitigation projects in developing nations.
Financial assistance for vulnerable countries is one of the most powerful tools available to the international community in reducing the risks posed by severe weather disruptions connected to drought, flooding, and food insecurity. Given the global role of the United States in delivering humanitarian aid and responding to crises, equipping countries to be more self-sufficient and resilient in the face of the growing pressures from climate change would save taxpayer dollars, while strengthening America’s diplomatic standing and national security. The United States has pledged $3 billion to the GCF, and has delivered a third of that total to date.
Dr. James Bond specializes in energy, infrastructure, and climate change issues in emerging economies. For over three years, he served as a senior advisor to the GCF’s executive director in Songdo, South Korea. Dr. Bond is also a Managing Director at Public Capital Advisors and has held numerous leadership positions spanning a multi-decade career at the World Bank Group.
Hannah Pitt supports CCAP’s Mitigation Action Implementation Network, where she focuses on international climate finance policy, including the GCF. She also contributes to efforts in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and waste management. Hannah has previously worked at the Yale University Economic Growth Center, the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Anton Hufnagl manages a diverse portfolio including climate, environment, buildings, and urban development within the Economics and Science Department at the German Embassy in Washington, DC. He previously served in Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment in Bonn, where he specialized in environment, conservation, buildings, and nuclear safety issues.
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