5. Building national capacity to access international finance

Date: Thursday 1st June
Time: 11:00-13:00
Room: Stockholm

Strengthening country capacity is critical for improving access to finance. Developing countries should have the internal resources needed to set and drive their own strategic direction, which will be addressed in this breakout session.


  • Uzoamaka Nwamarah, Adviser, Climate Change, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Othniel Yila, Commonwealth National Climate Finance Adviser for Zambia (formerly for Tonga)
  • Giulia Maria Galbiati, Climate Change Specialist, UN-FAO – sectoral perspectives
  • Romeo Bertolini, Deputy Director, Head of Bonn Office, NDC Partnership Support Unit
  • Sara Cognuck, Costa Rica UNDP Climate Promise rep
  • Hilary Korir, Climate Finance & Green Economy Unit, The National Treasury, Kenya
  • Sandrine Kamikazi, Environmental Technical Advisor to the CEO at Rwanda Green Fund
  • Amit Singh, Climate Change Project Development Specialist – NDC Hub, SPC
  • Zoe Norgate, Deputy Director, Department of Energy Security and Net Zero, UK

Organizers: The Commonwealth Secretariat