Voices

Republic offers technical expertise instead of funds

From

Karolyn Poon, Director, Corporate Communications, National Climate Change Secretariat, Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office

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Published: 4:00 AM, June 16, 2017
Updated: 8:13 AM, June 16, 2017

In the letter “Singapore should chip in for Green Climate Fund” (June 16), the writer has suggested that Singapore makes a contribution to the Green Climate Fund.

Addressing climate change is a global responsibility.

The Paris Agreement calls for parties to undertake efforts to address climate change based on their different national circumstances.

The design of the Green Climate Fund also reflects the historical responsibilities of developed countries, which have contributed to the stock of global emissions. Allowing countries to determine their own contributions was a key factor to the successful conclusion of the Paris Agreement.

Some countries have chosen to pledge funds to the Green Climate Fund, set up new funds or host workshops. We welcome these contributions. In Singapore’s case, we have benefited from the experience of many countries as we developed.

We hope that our investment in human capital and the training of officials through our technical cooperation programmes will help make a contribution to help others implement and sustain projects to address complex challenges such as climate change.

To date, Singapore has trained more than 112,000 officials from 170 developing countries in areas such as sustainable urban, water and human resource management, health and education.

We will continue to share our experience under the new Sustainable Development Programme to support the implementation of the (United Nations) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.