The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has organised a Caribbean workshop on Climate Change Financing and the Green Climate Fund at the Barbados Hilton Hotel, Bridgetown, Barbados, on July 15 and 16, 2013, with support from the German Government through the Deutsche Gesellschaft f√ºr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). This workshop brings together high-level policy-makers from Ministries of finance, planning, energy and environment and other relevant Ministries, as well as Regional organisations, international expert, stakeholders from civil society and the private sector to discuss key issues around the global climate change finance architecture and the UN Green Climate Fund. This Regional meeting follows and builds on a successful international technical workshop held on July 11 and 12, 2013, at the same location, which focused on modalities of support for getting developing countries ready to access the recently established Green Climate Fund. The expected outcomes of the workshop include deepening understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the current climate change financing architecture, identifying specific needs and capacity gaps in the Region, institutional arrangements to enhance climate finance readiness in the Region, and most importantly to work out concrete elements of a structured climate finance readiness work programme for the Region. "The global climate finance landscape is fragmented and in constant evolution. Our members have all experienced complex, burdensome procedures and confusing requirements to access those multiple funding channels," explains Dr. Warren Smith, President of CDB. He added, "With the Green Climate Fund being soon operational, the CDB together with its Regional and international partners is willing to take the lead in providing timely and tailored support to Caribbean countries to build the necessary capacities to fast-track their access to the resources of the new Fund." Recent evolution in aid assistance and climate change financing have rendered readiness support crucial at every stage of the funding cycle, from the formulation of bankable projects in line with national priorities to the monitoring of their implementation and results. The readiness support programme to be deployed in the Region can be regarded as a win-win investment by both recipients and their development partners, and this workshop is organised in this spirit. "Readiness is crucial for the effectiveness of climate finance. Getting countries ready in terms of strategy, institutional capacity and project pipelines is a vital pre-condition for the GCF to have the transformational impact towards low-emission and climate resilient development we want it to have," said Mr. Martin Kipping, Director for Germany, on CDB's Board of Directors. He added, "This workshop is a great opportunity for institutions from the Region to discuss their experiences in managing climate finance and their needs for readiness support." CAPTION: CDB President, Dr. Warren Smith (right) in discussion with Mr. Martin Kipping, Director for Germany on CDB Board at yesterday's launch. CAPTION: Participants in the Caribbean workshop on Climate Change Financing and the Green Climate Fund include Regional organisations, international expert and stakeholders from civil society and the private sector.