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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ GmbH) is a global service provider in international development cooperation. Established in 1975, GIZ operates on behalf of the German government and international organizations in over 120 countries, promoting sustainable development.

GIZ possesses extensive technical expertise relevant to the CoP26 Health Programme Commitments. With a strong track record in health and climate change, GIZ is committed to implementing global climate agreements. In the context of the CoP26 Health Programme Commitments, GIZ can provide technical assistance and support in key areas:\

1. Policy Advice: GIZ supports governments in formulating strategies, policies, and action plans to integrate climate change into health systems and public health interventions. Using their reference framework "Vulnerability Sourcebook," GIZ evaluates climate change risks (CRVA) and has aided countries in developing CRVAs and Health National Adaptation Plans.

2. Capacity Building: GIZ has extensive experience in capacity building and can provide training and knowledge exchange programs to enhance the capabilities of health professionals and policymakers in addressing climate-related health challenges. In collaboration with WHO, GIZ has, for instance, published and implemented a health and climate change training manual for policymakers.

3. Project Implementation: GIZ leverages its strong partners network to facilitate the implementation of projects and initiatives aimed at promoting climate-resilient health systems, climate change mitigation measures in healthcare facilities, and the adoption of sustainable healthcare practices.

4. Climate Financing: GIZ has a thorough expertise on climate financing, especially on the Green Climate Fund, which it uses to support countries in the acquisition of funds.

Supporting the following commitments:

  • Conduct climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessments (V&As) at population level and/or health care facility level.
  • Develop a health national adaptation plan (HNAP) informed by the health V&A, which forms part of the National Adaptation Plan.
  • Use the V&A and HNAP to facilitate access to climate change funding for health.
  • Deliver a baseline assessment of greenhouse gas emissions of the health system (including supply chains).
  • Develop an action plan or roadmap by a set date to develop a sustainable low carbon health system (including supply chains).

Country experience:

Togo; South Africa; Benin; Thailand; Philippines; India




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