Opening Remarks UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Lizbeth Cullity, UNDP GEF-SGP Samoa Sub Region Operational Phase 6 (OP6) Capacity Building Workshop, TATTE Convention Centre

May 1, 2017

Reverend Nuuausala Siaosi Siutaia
Honorable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

Talofa Lava!

I have the distinct pleasure to welcome all of you to this important capacity building workshop for the Operational Phase 6 of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP).

The new Sustainable Development Goals provide a pathway for national governments to move towards a more environmentally sensitive approach to economic growth and social development. This fits in well with SGP’s overall objective of “Global environmental benefits secured through community-based initiatives and actions.” SGP supports the empowerment of vulnerable communities to lead their own environmentally sustainable development through sustainable interventions. It coincides well with the goals of GEF OP6 of safeguarding the global environment through community and local solutions that complement and add value to the national and global level action.

Over the past 12 years since GEF-SGP was first established in Samoa, it has supported environmental related programmes delivering an estimated WS$6 million tala for a total 162 small grants projects on climate knowledge and advocacy, capacity building, financing, technology transfer, adaptation and mitigation.
Today’s GEF-SGP Operational Phase 6 capacity building workshop aims to orient, inform and build the capacity of the shortlisted applicants in advancing concept notes to full proposals, that address environmental issues and challenges in your respective communities.

The workshop will generate powerful and influential community actions that can be replicated in other communities with the hope that the newly introduced “grant maker plus” function will empower other partners whether from the donor community or other sectors to work alongside the SGP to secure harmonized efforts towards saving our very degraded environments.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to better understand the GEF-SGP Operational Phase 6 and be able to complete the full proposal form. I wish to emphasize that this is an excellent opportunity for the most vulnerable communities who have not yet received project funding to benefit from the UNDP GEF/SGP.

On behalf of the UN Country team in Samoa, I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Samoa, especially the Prime Minister Tuilaeapa for your continued support in advancing the Call for Climate Action.

I would like to thank all our key partners and stakeholders who are here today. A special “Faafetai Tele Lava” to the members of the National Steering Committee (NSC) comprising of the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Samoa Umbrella of NGOs, Small Business Enterprise Centre, Samoa Chamber of Commerce, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme for all your concerted efforts in supporting the work of the GEF-SGP in the past years up to now. Lastly but not the least, I wish to acknowledge the professionally dedicated members of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) who have been instrumental in providing quality technical inputs. Your technical guidance has enabled the Secretariat of the GEF-SGP journey their way through difficult times.

I wish everyone here a fruitful and meaningful time during your discussions today. Thank you.

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