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Financial Action Task Force (FATF) UK Voluntary Contribution

HM Treasury

UK contribution to support to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international standard setter for tackling money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing, to increase the number of staff within its Global Network Coordination Group (GNCG). This enables GNCG to considerably increase its engagement with, and improve the quality of country assessments conducted by, the FATF-style regional bodies (FSRBs), and improve understanding of the FATF Standards among FSRB member countries. More robust, timely assessments and improved understanding of international AML/CTF/CPF standards drives more effective, more timely corrective measures around the world, leading to reduced opportunities for and improved law enforcement responses to financial crime. This additional engagement also enables and improves the effectiveness of other development interventions from other capacity building providers, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and others, as the regional institutional frameworks will be strengthened and knowledge of the FATF Standards will be increased.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-hmtfitb-FATF-VC

Start Date:

2018-03-04

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£1,565,000


Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) UK Capital Investment

HM Treasury

UK investment in the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to assist in addressing the shortage of infrastructure investment across the Asia-Pacific region. The UK’s membership will deepen economic ties with Asia and create opportunities for British businesses. The AIIB will support economic growth in the region and drive up living standards. The AIIB aims to help bridge the gap and improve economic growth in Asia. The establishment of the AIIB supports access to finance for infrastructure projects across Asia using a variety of support measures including loans, equity investments and guarantees to boost investment. Supporting infrastructure investment in Asian will support economic growth in the region and give benefits for the whole global economy.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-hmtfitb-AIIB

Start Date:

2016-01-15

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£0


End Violence Against Children (EVAC Fund)

UK - Home Office

The UK Home Office recognises the moral and operational imperative to support the global fight against online child sexual exploitation (CSE). As such, the Home Office has committed £40 million towards the UNICEF hosted End Violence Against Children Fund (EVAC) to support activities intending to build international capacity to tackle online CSE. The EVAC's strategy for supporting international action aligned to the WePROTECT Global Alliance's (WPGA) strategy for national action. The WePROTECT Global Alliance combines expertise from industry, law enforcement, government and civil society to determine the capabilities required at country level to effectively respond to the threat of online CSE. Projects funded by the EVAC fund must demonstrate how they support the implementation of the WPGA's Model National Response.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-6-03

Start Date:

2016-06-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£50,000,000


Biodiverse Landscapes Fund

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Biodiverse Landscapes Fund aims to reduce poverty and create sustainable economic development for communities living in, and dependent upon, environmentally precious landscapes. It will restore landscapes and will deliver their long-lasting protection through sustainable management practices, improving the quality of ecosystems and safeguarding biodiversity. Protecting landscapes and habitats will help to tackle climate change. It will address the drivers of environmental degradation and support local governments, local and park authorities and communities to deliver long-term sustainable management and use of natural resources. The BLF will work with and through a range of actors and partners – NGOs, the private sector, governments, Civil Society Organisations, local communities and academics – to bring expertise, local access and capacity to enable the programme to work at multiple levels to deliver both practical and structural reform outcomes.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-BLF

Start Date:

2021-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£0


A Voluntary Contribution to the United Nations Development Programme 'Biofin' initiative to support an increase in financial flows towards biodiversity.

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Biofin Phase II acts as a global knowledge network and supports lower- and upper- middle income countries to implement Biodiversity Finance Plans and finance solutions to achieve tangible finance results - actions that (1) help reduce or redirect resources causing harm to biodiversity, (2) generate additional resources or (3) enhance the effectiveness of resource use. Defra’s intervention in Biofin Phase II will support ODA eligible countries to accelerate the implementation of the emerging CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) Framework, and support a green and fair recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic by: 1. Sharing knowledge for biodiversity finance planning via a regional learning/knowledge platform; 2. Global support to repurpose harmful subsidies; 3. The development of a biodiversity expenditure taxonomy to support biodiversity finance planning; 4. Accelerate national implementation via grants for financial innovation and biodiversity plan implementation; and, 5. Financial sector innovation feasibility studies. Biofin's methodology and materials support work at a global and national level to contribute to the achievement of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focussing on poverty reduction, climate change and gender equality. Through implementing biodiversity finance solutions, money will be able to continue to flow towards biodiversity in future.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-BIOFIN

Start Date:

2022-03-31

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£2,000,000


Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures programme

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The UK government is contributing funding to support the establishment of the global, market-led Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD), whose mission is to create a risk management and disclosure framework for organisations to report and act on evolving nature-related risks and opportunities, with the ultimate aim of incentivising a shift in global financial flows away from nature-negative outcomes and towards nature-positive outcomes.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-TNFD-PO002

Start Date:

2021-06-03

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£2,826,855


United Nations Development Programme: Climate Promise

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The UNDP Climate Promise programme helps developing countries implement their national climate pledges – Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The programme aims to increase ambition, implementation and engagement for NDCs under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Defra's contribution focuses on the Forest, Land and Nature work area, contributing to increase the representation of nature in 8 countries’ NDCs through to COP27, the Global Stocktake in 2023 and to 2026. Project activities include: - Supporting countries in assessing the extent to which nature could contribute to meet climate targets, and establishing the steps required to meet this potential; - Supporting countries to develop detailed delivery plans and policies across relevant sectors that would enable them to maximise the role of nature in reaching the Paris climate goal; - Supporting countries in implementing delivery plans and policies, so that commitments and targets could be delivered through concrete actions. The UNDP Climate Promise aligns with the Prime Minister’s commitment of at least £3 billion of ICF to climate change solutions that protect and restore nature and biodiversity over five years, HMG’s Integrated Review, Response to the Dasgupta Review and COP26 commitments including the Glasgow Leaders Declaration.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-ICF-UNDPCP

Start Date:

2022-02-22

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£3,000,000


Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Change Programme

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Funding from UK government to deliver excellent climate research to provide an improved understanding of past climate and enable better projections to underpin national scientific capability and inform domestic and international policy commitments (e.g. Climate Change Act 2008 and UNFCCC negotiations). Climate models and underpinning science developed using MOHCCP funding are publically available and used as the foundation for many projects that aim to build resilience to a changing climate in developing countries. The models are used for developing systems in developing countries to produce climate projections. For example, the models have been used to analyse drought in the Horn of Africa, climate change impacts in Bangladesh and to build resilience to climate change in the Philippines.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-MOHC-001

Start Date:

2016-06-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£12,300,000


UK Annual Contributions to the Montreal Protocol Trust Fund, Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund and Vienna Convention Trust Fund

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

This activity supports an annual UK contribution to The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer which is a multilateral environmental agreement with universal ratification. It regulates the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS). Protection of the ozone layer is vital in preventing increased UV radiation, resulting in higher incidence of skin cancers and eye cataracts, more-compromised immune systems, and negative effects on watersheds, agricultural lands and forests. The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol was established in 1991. The Fund's objective is to provide financial and technical assistance to developing country parties to the Montreal Protocol whose annual per capita consumption and production of ODS is less than 0.3 kg to comply with the control measures of the Protocol. The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer is a multilateral environmental agreement signed in 1985 that provided frameworks for international reductions in the production of chlorofluorocarbons due to their contribution to the destruction of the ozone layer, resulting in an increased threat of skin cancer.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-INTSUB001-MP

Start Date:

2016-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£27,192,000


Darwin Initiative Round 25

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide. The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the biodiversity conventions. The objective is to to address threats to biodiversity such as: - habitat loss or degradation - climate change - invasive species - over-exploitation - pollution and eutrophication

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-DAR25

Start Date:

2019-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£8,314,952


Annual contribution to the United Nations Environment Trust Fund of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

This activity supports an annual UK contribution to the IPBES. IPBES is a science-policy platform providing comprehensive, credible and legitimate scientific knowledge about Earth’s essential life support systems and their contribution to human well-being; as well as tools and local capacity to help decision makers around the world identify solutions to pressures on ecosystems, sustainable use of natural resources and related poverty. Contributions to the IPBES Trust Fund are used to meet the running costs and support developing country expert engagement in delivering the work programme agreed by member governments at the Plenary meetings.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-INTSUB008-IPBES

Start Date:

2016-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£470,000


Global Environment Facility (GEF) 7th Replenishment

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

To support developing countries to implement international agreements on climate change, biodiversity, land degradation and harmful chemicals as integral elements of sustainable development. GEF’s other activities include sustainable forest management, international waters and protecting the ozone layer.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-ICF-PO0015-GEF7

Start Date:

2018-06-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£100,000,000


Annual contribution to the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO)

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

This UK Government contribution is for EPPO which is an intergovernmental organization responsible for cooperation in plant health within the Euro-Mediterranean region. Founded in 1951 by 15 European countries, EPPO now has 52 members (shown in green on the map). Its objectives are to protect plants, by developing international strategies against the introduction and spread of pests which are a threat to agriculture, forestry and the environment, and by promoting safe and effective pest control methods. Following the terms of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), EPPO is a Regional Plant Protection Organization and thus participates in global discussions on plant health. EPPO is a standard-setting organization which has produced a large number of Standards in the areas of plant protection products and plant quarantine. These Standards constitute recommendations that are addressed to the National Plant Protection Organizations of EPPO member countries. Finally, EPPO promotes the exchange of information between its member countries by maintaining information services and databases on plant pests, and by organizing many conferences and workshops.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-INTLSUB-EPPO

Start Date:

2016-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£321,000


Funding to support delivery of ODA eligible programming delivered by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew provides an international centre of expertise and benefits to developing countries, including through collections and seed banks, agricultural science including collaboration with the ODA eligible Global Crop Diversity Trust, plant health including diagnosis of plant pests and diseases and biosecurity, capacity building (CBD, CITES, Nagoya Protocol, IPBES), M&E of ICF, advice on climate change resilience.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-ALB-KEW001

Start Date:

2016-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£9,300,000


Blue Forests Initiative

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Blue Forests Initiative aims to design a holistic model for replication for community-led mangrove forest restoration and protection. The programme operates in Madagascar and Indonesia, working with local coastal communities to reduce the deforestation of mangrove habitat, create new sustainable livelihoods, support community health and women’s empowerment and increase climate resilience in coastal communities.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-ICF-P0001-BV

Start Date:

2016-12-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£10,145,972.01


International Climate Finance R&D Programme

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

This International Climate Finance (ICF) funded programme will deliver an integrated package of projects to strengthen global knowledge and understanding of the interrelationship between the climate and biodiversity challenges. It will seek to inform the work of policy developers and development practitioners globally and help narrow the funding gap between current and required investment in natural solutions to climate change. It recognises that the scaling, and effectiveness, of natural solutions to the triple challenge of climate change, poverty and biodiversity loss (hereafter referred to as ‘natural solutions’) requires an investment in the primary evidence base needed to inform effective decisions, and drive innovation in the future. The proposed package of work is designed to meet both short and longer-term evidence needs, including to deliver a UNFCCC and CBD legacy, focusing on ensuring strategic, policy-relevant results and a global network of knowledge exchange and learning.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-ICF-P0011-RD

Start Date:

2020-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£51,611,050


UK Blue Carbon Fund

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Fund will promote the sustainable management, conservation and restoration of mangrove habitats by developing and embedding operational blue carbon markets across the Caribbean and Latin America that provide local communities with a sustainable income and assist in moving low-income countries towards low-emission, climate-resilient development.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-ICF-PO008-UKBLUECARBONFUND

Start Date:

2018-12-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£13,782,456


Darwin Initiative Round 24

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide. The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the biodiversity conventions. The objective is to to address threats to biodiversity such as: - habitat loss or degradation - climate change - invasive species - over-exploitation - pollution and eutrophication

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-DAR24

Start Date:

2018-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£10,604,188


Global Programme for Sustainability

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The programme supports sustainable economic growth that is both long-lasting and resilient to climate-related stressors. It does this through the integration of natural capital into decision making by governments, the private sector and financial institutions. The inability to value natural capital can undermine long-term growth and critically, the livelihoods of the poorest people dependent on ecosystems for their livelihoods. This programme directly addresses this challenge by (i) investing in data and research on natural capital; (ii) assisting countries to integrate this analysis into government policy making; and (iii) integrating these data and analysis into financial sector decision making.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-7-GB-GOV-7-ICF-PO014-GPS

Start Date:

2018-02-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£20,000,000


UK Vaccine Network - Future Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub Competition

UK - Department of Health (DH)

The Prime Minister established the UK Vaccine Network in June 2015 to ensure that the UK was at the forefront of the global fight against future disease outbreaks. The UK Vaccine Network has identified a range of human diseases with epidemic potential in low and middle income countries (LMICs) for which the development of Vaccine Products is a priority. The UKVN also advised that research to improve vaccine manufacturing should be a priority. The Department of Health and Social Care collaborated with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (a non-departmental public body principally funded through the Science Budget by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) to run the Future Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub competition. The competition was open to all eligible research organisations that could demonstrate that their work would contribute towards Vaccine Manufacturing Research specifically for the benefit of LMICs. £17million of funding was made available to EPSRC to fund two successful projects. This funding was provided under the provisions of the International Development Act 2002.

Programme identifier:

GB-GOV-10-UKVN-FVMRH-EPSRC

Start Date:

2017-01-24

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£16,915,750.14




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