Candidacy of Ambassador Kenichi SUGANUMA, Representative of the Government of Japan for Climate Change for the next Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund
1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to nominate Mr. Kenichi SUGANUMA, Ambassador, Representative of the Government of Japan for Climate Change as a candidate for the next Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
2. The GCF was established as the operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2010 for the purpose of providing support to developing countries to tackle climate change. Japan pledged USD 1.5 billion for the GCF and has actively participated in the Board as its Board member. The role of the GCF is becoming increasingly important in the context of the implementation of the Paris Agreement which is an international framework for greenhouse gas reduction post 2020.
3. Ambassador SUGANUMA has served in the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna and Geneva. These experiences have provided him with an excellent ability of coordination and negotiation in multilateral diplomacy. As Ambassador for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, he contributed to adoption of the Sendai Declaration and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. He has rich working experience in developing countries as Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary to Brunei and Sri Lanka. Ambassador SUGANUMA has abundant experience and capability for the Executive Director for the GCF.
4. The next Executive Director will be selected at the 22nd Board meeting which will take place between 26 and 28 February, 2019. Japan calls for the selection of Ambassador SUGANUMA as the next Executive Director.