In January 2018, the United Nations QIAO Plan on Climate Change and Nature Conservation (hereinafter as “the QIAO Plan”) was launched by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the Beijing Qiaonyu Foundation. The QIAO Plan is highlighted as the first major non-governmental funding instrument in support of the developing countries since the enter- into-force of the Paris Agreement.
During the next 5 years (2018~2023), the QIAO Plan will make available approximately $ 13.5 million to developing countries in support of pragmatic demand-driven projects on climate change and nature conservation. UNOSSC, supported by the Southern Climate Partnership Incubator (SCPI), is the Secretariat of the QIAO Plan.
In the 2018/2019 project cycle, the QIAO Plan intends to support one-year projects with funding volumes of $ 100,000 – 200,000 each, as well as longer-term projects with a maximum duration of three years and total contribution of up to $ 1.5 million each. Financial support will be made in grant form and cannot be used for any commercial purposes.
For the 2018/2019 project cycle, the QIAO Plan will support projects in the following three thematic areas:
- Scaling-up Sustainable Energy Solutions
- Nature Conservation with Climate Co-benefits
- Business and CSOs Climate Innovation for Sustainable Development
Deadline: May, 20