- The Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action highlighted the critical need to mainstream climate into economic and financial policies and emphasizes the vital role of Ministries of Finance in addressing the climate crisis.
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres, World Bank Group President David Malpass, and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva emphasized that more needs to be done and highlighted steps multilateral institutions are taking to support efforts to address climate change.
- Finance Ministers shared perspectives on common challenges in developing and implementing climate policies from the macro-fiscal-finance angle. The discussion was opened by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Maldives Minister of State for Finance Ismail Ali Manik.
- The Coalition endorsed a Joint Ministerial Statement and welcomed five new member countries. The growing membership, now at 65 countries, reflects the shared commitment to use economic policies to help tackle climate change.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action met today as part of the 2021 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund under Co-Chair H.E. Annika Saarikko, Minister of Finance of Finland, and Co-Chair H.E. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance of Indonesia.
Finance Ministers emphasized the key role of Ministries of Finance in helping tackle climate change, highlighting the critical need to mainstream climate considerations into economic and financial policies and how to make progress on this challenging agenda. Finance Ministers also discussed reforms that support a just and affordable transition to low-carbon economic growth, including carbon pricing and green budgeting.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres, World Bank Group President David Malpass, and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva called on the international community to step up efforts to address climate change and noted key areas of support from multilateral institutions. Institutional Partners of the Coalition also shared perspectives and priorities in support of the Coalition and progress on the Helsinki Principles.
Coalition member countries endorsed a Joint Ministerial Statement and the 2021 Annual Report and welcomed five new member countries—Estonia, Hungary, Peru, Slovakia, and Ukraine—who joined the Coalition since the April 2021 Ministerial Meeting and bring the Coalition’s membership to 65 countries.
Coalition Members and Institutional Partners also contributed public video statements as inputs into the meeting's proceedings.
“It is essential to recognize that a systemic change caused by climate change is taking place. We, Finance Ministers, must be able to understand the economic consequences of climate change and design our economic and financial policies accordingly,” said Annika Saarikko, Finance Minister of Finland and Co-Chair of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action.
“Mainstreaming climate considerations into fiscal policy is a crucial yet challenging exercise. Finance Ministers have an important role to play since we have instruments at our disposal to combat climate change and facilitate the green transition in the most affordable and just way," said Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Finance Minister of Indonesia and Co-Chair of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action.
About the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
The Coalition, launched in April 2019, is a group of Finance Ministries that collaborate on strategies to integrate climate into economic and financial policies. The Coalition’s 65 member countries represent different geographic regions and levels of economic development, and collectively account for about 39% of energy-related CO2 emissions and 63% of global GDP (based on 2018 data).
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