Naoko Ishii, Global Environment Facility

Naoko talks to Climate Home about the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the significance of Quebec’s 4 million US dollar contribution. She explains how this is the first time a subnational has contributed to the fund. The LDC fund has three functions: reduce vulnerability; strengthen institutional capacity and mainstream resilience into national development plans. Naoko then emphasises the important role cities have in combating climate change. GEF have announced 1.5 billion dollars to invest in 23 cities in 11 countries to implement integrated sustainable design. This program will help cities get compacted, more connected and resilient. Through integrated sustainable design cities can save up to 80 trillion dollars a year and reduce 8 gigatonnes of greenhouse gases.