MATCHMAKING (part 2) - the Gap Fund
19. October 12:00 - 13:15
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is hosting a practical training session on climate Finance and the City Climate Finance Gap Fund. This session provides an opportunity for city leaders and stakeholders from emerging and developing countries on the OECD DAC list to learn about the Gap Fund, a technical assistance implemented by the European Investment Bank and the World Bank that supports cities in turning their climate ambitions into implementable projects.
This session will equip participants with the understanding and tools to access technical assistance for climate finance. By introducing the Gap Fund application and review process, as well as featuring lessons learned from cities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the session will empower cities to develop fundable climate projects that advance both local and global climate goals.
The target audience comprises cities, regions, and practitioners in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as the Middle East and North Africa working on urban resilience, climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and other priority areas.
The session will also showcase how the Gap Fund can assist with resilience financing needs emphasized in the EURESFO forum like nature-based solutions, climate-resilient infrastructure, and climate risk assessment. It will align with the 3 thematic streams of EURESFO 2023 on governance, knowledge/innovation, and solutions for resilience.
This session is part of the Challenging knowledge and innovation: accelerating a resilient and just transformation stream.
Global Focal Point - Gap Fund Partnership, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
Helena Monteiro, Global Focal Point - Gap Fund Partnership, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
Helena Monteiro is the Global Focal Point for the Gap Fund-GCOM Partnership, overseeing external relations and partnerships to help cities access Gap Fund technical support. She is an urban resilience expert with a track record of managing projects with local governments and international organizations in Europe and Latin America. Previously, she led the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative in Europe and Central Asia for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and played a key role as the Associate Director of 100 Resilient Cities, assisting Latin American cities in developing resilience strategies. Before that, she headed the Foreign Affairs Office for the Government of the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Helena holds a Master's in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Sao Paulo.
Global Technical Support, GCOM- Gap Fund Partnership