Sierra Leone and some other least developed countries in the world together with some pacific island nations will receive the sum of 1 billion US Dollars from the US Government as a Green Climate Fund.
“All of you know as well as I do: The impacts of climate change will be felt the most by those who have contributed the least to the problem, including developing nations,” US President, Joe Biden said in late April.
The US President urged “large emitters and large economies” to assist vulnerable nations.
The announcement of the fund was made public during the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate meeting. At the meeting leaders of the Forum discussed ways to address the climate crisis and determine to reduce global warming by at least 1.5 degree Celsius.
The Green Climate Fund support vulnerable countries to seek out methods of adaptation and mitigation projects and capacity building. The GCF have enrolled projects already geared towards reducing emissions by 2.5 billion tons and boost the resilience of over 850 million people.
The 1 billion US Dollars is part of Biden Administration’s commitment to work with the US Congress to more than triple US international climate financing.
Apart from the US, other GCF member countries including United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Sweden have contributed over 18 billion US Dollars.
Sierra Leone is said to be among the most vulnerable countries to climate change. In 2017, the West African nation witnessed a devastating mudslide that left over 1,000 people dead with many more displaced at the outskirts of the capital Freetown.
This year, the country’s Metrological Agency has predicted that there will be flooding during the wet season that starts from May and ends in mid November.
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