News December 4, 2015

C40, BMZ & IADB achieve major breakthrough

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Green infrastructure is no longer out-of-reach for cities in developing countries thanks to the launch of the C40 Cities Finance Facility, a major project by C40, the German government and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to provide the skills, technical assistance and connections to funding opportunities needed to unlock up to $1 billion worth of sustainable infrastructure in cities across low and middle-income countries by 2020. This transformative partnership, launched at the C40 Forum, reinforces the joint commitment to bring practical solutions to unlock the potential of all cities to deliver action on climate change.

The C40 Cities Finance Facility, with €3.5 million (US$3.7m) funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and $2 million in-kind support from the IADB, will provide technical assistance to cities within the C40 network to help them prepare sustainable infrastructure projects for investment.

The C40 Cities Finance Facility represents a massive opportunity for cities, particularly those in the Global South. The project represents a significant step forward in delivering one of my strategic aims as C40 chair, and will allow cities to leverage significant public and private financing for green infrastructure projects, enabling cities to accelerate their ambitious emissions reductions.
Mayor Eduardo Paes
Eduardo Paes Former Mayor of Rio de Janeiro (2008-16) and C40 Chair (2014-16)

The first round of funding for the C40 Cities Finance Facility was announced at the C40 Forum held in Paris alongside the COP21 climate negotiations. The initial $5.7 million is expected to ultimately reach as much as $20 million in technical assistance for cities, unlocking up to $1 billion worth of green projects worldwide within four years.

Read the press release here and view the video below.

Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ, on the importance of cities to environmental goals, and why the German government sees unlocking finance for cities as crucial to achieve said goals.