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DARA Director General, Ross Mountain Interview on Climate Vulnerable Forum. Access video here:
Ban Ki-Moon Speech to Dhaka Climate Vulnerable Forum, November 2011. Access the video here:
Former President of Costa Rica, Jose Maria Figueres Interview on Climate Vulnerable Forum. Access video here:
First Meeting of the CVF TF Steering Committee, New York 10 December 2012.
Bangladesh’s USD 100,000 contribution to the Climate Vulnerable Forum Trust Fund operationalizes the Fund.
Al Jazeera News Broadcast on Climate Vulnerable Forum. Access video here:
Global launch of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor 2nd Edition - High Level Panel
Global launch of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor 2nd Edition
First Meeting of the CVF TF Steering Committee, New York 10 December 2012.
Global launch of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor 2nd Edition - Expert Panel


The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) is an international platform for cooperation, coordination, advocacy and knowledge-building among developing countries that face significant insecurity due to climate change and are determined to catalyze more effective and broad based action for tackling the global climate challenge, internationally and nationally.

With membership as of 25 September 2012 of 20 countries, the CVF is designed to raise awareness on the dangers of climate change and the imperatives and benefits of collective actions. The Forum was the first international entity to adopt the climate stabilization goal of 1.5 °C, which was subsequently adopted by the Alliance of Small Island States, a UNFCCC negotiating group of more than 40 members.

For countries disproportionately vulnerable to climate change, socio-economic constraints are paramount. Within a highly complex international development environment, competing policy agendas sap at the already limited capacities to engage in systematic political organization and coordination.  Policies shaped by this group could yield dividends for all. The marginal costs of reducing emissions in developing countries are significantly lower and technologically less challenging than domestic actions in developed economies. An effective advocacy and supporting research will ultimately help achieve the UNFCCC’s objective by supporting transformation at both the international and domestic levels.

Participating UN Organizations have agreed to support the initiative of the current and incoming CVF Chairs, respectively Bangladesh and Costa Rica, to establish a Climate Vulnerable Forum Trust Fund (CVFTF). The purpose of the CVFTF is to ensure adequate, predictable and flexible finance to support the Forum’s activities.

The current members of the Forum are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh (Incumbent Chair), Barbados, Bhutan, Costa Rica (Designate Chair), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Tanzania Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.

CVF Documents


Assistance Strategy

The aim of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Trust Fund (CVFTF) is to facilitate the administration and management of activities and to ensure sustainable resource flows now and in the future so that the Forum can achieve its overall goals. Specifically:

  • Unity and Consensus Promotion – Development of common approaches to policy questions of mutual interest/concern, promoting consensus and increasing opportunities for favorable outcomes in critical international fora or with respect to key actors (multi-lateral and bi-lateral).
  • Awareness Raising – Enhanced quantitative and qualitative contributions to the public debate on climate change, articulating collective or complementary viewpoints.
  • Increased Accountability – A greater degree of accountability on major emitters and all countries through improved tracking of progress and heightened visibility, analysis/scrutiny and political attention for headline policy concerns.
  • Knowledge Building – Enhanced knowledge of best practices through a cross-fertilization of member experiences as well as targeted research and policy analysis that empower the Forum/members.



The Forum is guided in its activities by reference provisional operational modalities agreed at the 2011 full Forum meeting at Dhaka. The Forum agrees common priorities in group format among its members, which form the basis for any activities subsequently undertaken or policies established, including as a part of the annual work plan and for the eventual allocation of resources of the CVFTF.

Trust Fund Steering Committee

The CVFTF would be governed by a Steering Committee (SC) comprised of a representative group of key stakeholders, including Forum and Contributing Partners representatives and implementing agencies and chaired on a rotational basis by the incumbent Forum chair.  The SC is responsible for approving the annual (and as appropriate periodic) work plans and progress reports. It supervises the overall programme implementation. Decisions on activity approval, resource allocation and institutional partnerships are to be taken by consensus.

Advisory Panel

An Advisory Panel (AP), an independent body of high-level policy-makers and experts will provide strategic advice and guidance on Forum activities including the Climate Vulnerability Monitor Report


Technical Secretariat

The Technical Secretariat (TS) provides secretariat support to the Forum’s Chairs and Members in the implementation of Forum activities. The TS works in close association with the Administrative Agent and in liaison with the SC, the Advisory Panel, the Peer Review Committee, other Implementation Partners and contracted agents as necessary.  Its functions among others include:

  • Preparing and consolidating work plans for approval by the SC;
  • Guiding, reviewing and recommending submissions for SC approval and allocation of funds;
  • Developing the CVFTF resource mobilization strategy for SC approval and supporting its implementation;
  • Organizational and logistical support of Forum activities, including for meetings of all kinds, Task Forces, communication initiatives, and in relation to analytical tools;
  • Organizing the preparation of substantive documentation and communications;

 For the initial phase of work under the programme, the TS function will be fulfilled by DARA.

 Administrative Agent

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) provides the Administrative Agent (AA) function. The AA is responsible for, receiving, administering and managing contributions from donors; disburse funds to Implementing Partners, based on SC approved work plans, consolidating annual and final financial reports; transmit annual/final Consolidated Reports to donors through the TS and SC.

Implementing Partners

Implementation Partners (IPs) include all UN Organizations that have signed an MOU with the MPTF Office and are involved in activities in support of the Forum’s work.


Decision-Making Process

Resources will be allocated to the Implementing Partners against work plans in alignment with the programme Framework and Forum priorities. The Technical Secretariat will assist with guiding and reviewing the submission of proposals to be submitted for approval and allocation of funds by the Steering Committee.


Recent Documents

This tab shows only recent documents relevant at the Fund level. To see more documents at both the fund and project level go to the Document Center.

Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 362,668  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 769  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Fund balance transferred to another MDTF -399  
Refunds by Administrative Agent to Contributors -491  
Total source of funds   362,547
Transferred to Participating Organizations 358,868  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 3,627  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 53  
Total use of funds   362,547
Balance with Administrative Agent   0
As a percentage of deposits   0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 358,868  
Total resources   358,868
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 358,868  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Total expenses     358,868
Balance with Participating Organizations   0
As a percentage of transfers   0%
Total Balance of Funds   0
As a percentage of deposits   0%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

CVF Chairs

  • Mr. M.Riaz Hamidullah , Director General, Economic Affairs Wing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh; Telephone: +880 2 956 2952+880 2 956 2952 ;E-mail: 
  • Ms. Shanchita Haque, Director, Economic Affairs Wing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh; E-mail:
  • Mr. Rommel Cuenca, Deputy Executive Director, Climate Change Commission of the Office of the President of the Philippines; 
  • Ms. Railla Puno, Attorney V, Climate Change Commission of the Office of the President of the Philippines; E-mail:
  • Ms. Linyi Baidal Sequeira, Director General of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica; E-mail:
  • Ms. Adriana Murillo Ruin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica;  E-mail:

Institutional Support

  • Mr. Jo Scheuer, Director Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Telephone: +212 906 6805; 
  • Mr. Patrick Gremillet, Partnership Advisor - Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva; Telephone: +41 791 374 499; E-mail:
  • Mr. Matthew McKinnon, Project Manager, Climate Vulnerable Forum Support, Geneva; Tel: +41 22 917 85 40; Email:

For Fund Administrative Agent Issues 

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau for Management Services, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;  

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