Future Fund

Empowering developing and emerging economy regions to accelerate climate action

The Future Fund empowers subnational governments to accelerate the shift towards a world of under 2°C of warming, through strategic funding that supports climate activities in developing and emerging economy regions.

The role of developing and emerging economy regions is fundamental to make a difference to the world’s climate system. Not only can these regions contribute to a decarbonized world, but implementing mitigation measures can carry significant and much-needed health and socioeconomic benefits to local populations.

However, these regions have traditionally struggled to find resources to join international climate networks, participate in meetings, develop mitigation capacities or share lessons learned due to various resource constraints.

The Future Fund was launched at COP22 in Marrakech, with founding contributions from the governments of Alberta, Ontario, Québec, Scotland, South Australia and Wales, to support these regions to play their part in the response to climate change. 

    In 2018, the second Future Fund Progress Report was published, it showcases how eight state and regional governments from developing countries were supported to strengthen their response to climate change. It also sets out how strategic support enabled the state of West Bengal in India to update its climate change strategy for the first time in eight years and the state of Yucatán in Mexico to develop a plan to reduce emissions from government buildings. In 2018, following requests from Under2 Coalition governments, we also facilitated secondment opportunities for staff from emerging economy regions to developed economy regions.

    Finally, the fund also supported 21 state and regional governments to attend the Under2 Coalition General Assembly and the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018. 

    The Future Fund supports emerging and developing economy regions by providing the following opportunities:

    • Engaging in Under2 Coalition activities through capacity building: We aim to provide support on developing 2050 pathways, implementing innovative policy solutions and establishing robust inventories through direct funding to selected regions.  
    • Participating in international negotiations through active engagement and network expansion: We work on recruitment and active engagement with governments from developing and emerging economy regions to commit to the Under2 Coalition’s goals and participate in our programs and events.  
    • Fostering knowledge exchange: We aim to encourage peer-to-peer learning through secondments between developing and developed regions on relevant climate policies and actions.

    Applications for this year are now closed and will reopen in 2020. 

    The Government  of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) will exchange with the Government of Victoria (Australia) on best practices for sustainable business and energy efficiency in June 2019. 

    Future Fund

    For more information or to donate, please contact:
    Nehmat Kaur, Acting Head of Government Relations, The Climate Group
    +91 (0) 4987 4369
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