With a population of 77 million inhabitants, GDP at USD 800bn (making it the 18th largest economy in the world in 2014) and annual per capita income higher than USD 10,000, Turkey is experiencing remarkable economic and social development. It is an emerging power in the Euro-Mediterranean region, as well as a member of the OECD and “G20” Economic Forum (Presidency in 2015), and a candidate for EU membership. The country is located in a strategic position at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
 

In order to meet the challenges posed by employ- ment, energy and the environment, combined with marked regional disparities, Turkey has embarked on a path of more inclusive and low-carbon growth, fully integrating the place of people in society.


The country ratified the Kyoto Protocol in 2009, has adopted a strategy to combat climate change, and renewed its commitment to sustainable development at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference.


The cooperation between France and Turkey is based on a long-standing relationship, close consultation othe major issues of international and regional agendas, and significant levels of trade. A framework agreement on bilateral cooperation for environmental protection was signed in 1996.

News

Photo exhibition “60 SOLUTIONS against climate change” in Ziraat Bank Tunel Art Gallery (Istanbul)

28/04/2015

On May 18th 2015, at Zorlu Center, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Ziraat Bank will launch the circulating photo exhibition “60 SOLUTIONS against climate change”, based on 21 photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (GoodPlanet Foundation). The exhibition will be displayed in Ziraat Bank Tunel Art Gallery (Istanbul) from May 18th to 29th, from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.

1st day of the conference (April 16, 2015) "How can the climate and development?" viewable online

15/04/2015

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Marmara University Research Center for International Relations (MURCIR) and Sabancı University-Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) are organizing a two-day event (conference-debate and scientific workshop) on climate change on 16th and 17th of April 2015.

On 16th of April 2015, the conference-debate will bring together French and Turkish representatives from public authorities, private sector, financial sector, academia and civil society to discuss the topic "How to reconcile climate and development?”. The questions which will be addressed by the speakers include but are not limited to “How to define these development trajectories? How to finance them? Do all countries have the means for this? What concrete solutions have already been developed?”.

The conference will be live streamed on these links:
 


On 17th April 2015, the Young Scholars Workshop titled “Beyond Special Circumstances: Turkey and Global Climate Change Politics” will gather junior and senior academics as well as presenters from government institutions, NGOs and think tanks from around the world to exchange broadly on the various aspects of climate change. This workshop will also host two high-level keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Hilal Elver, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Professor of Global Studies at University of California at Santa Barbara, USA

and

  • Prof. Franck LeCocq, IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) AR5 WGIII Lead Author; Director of CIRED (International Center for Environment and Development), France


How to reconcile climate and development?

03/04/2015

Conference organized by AFD, Marmara University Center for International Relations (MURCIR) and Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University (IPC)

Given the urgency of climate change which risks going beyond a 2oC warmer world, climate change poses a significant threat for societies, economies and ecosystems. Yet people long for a better way of life and it is not conceivable to choose between climate and development. Consequently, the challenge of the 21st century becomes identifying and implementing development trajectories that reconcile economic, social and environmental concerns and priorities.

The circumstances such as increasing investments in renewable energy sector and development of sectorial climate adaptation policies in many countries provide a unique opportunity to take actions for sustainable development through the prism of the climate change. In order to address these issues and prepare towards the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Marmara University Research Center for International Relations (MURCIR) and Sabancı University-Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) organize a two-day event (conference-debate and scientific workshop) on climate change on 16th and 17th of April 2015.

On 16th of April 2015, the conference-debate will bring together French and Turkish representatives from public authorities, private sector, financial sector, academia and civil society to discuss the topic "How to reconcile climate and development?”. The questions which will be addressed by the speakers include but are not limited to “How to define these development trajectories? How to finance them? Do all countries have the means for this? What concrete solutions have already been developed?”. The conference will be followed by a cocktail and an exhibition of photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

On 17th April 2015, the Young Scholars Workshop titled “Beyond Special Circumstances: Turkey and Global Climate Change Politics” will gather junior and senior academics as well as presenters from government institutions, NGOs and think tanks from around the world to exchange broadly on the various aspects of climate change. This workshop will also host two high-level keynote speakers:

Prof. Hilal Elver, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Professor of Global Studies at University of California at Santa Barbara, USA
and
Prof. Franck LeCocq, IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) AR5 WGIII Lead Author; Director of CIRED (International Center for Environment and Development), France

You can find the detailed programs in Turkish and in English in attachment.

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60 Solutions against climate change

27/03/2015

An exhibition that looks at the world of solutions

On April 6th 2015, at Zorlu Center, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Zorlu Shopping Mall will launch the circulating photo exhibition “60 SOLUTIONS against climate change”, based on 21 photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (GoodPlanet Foundation). The exhibition will be displayed in Zorlu Shopping Mall from April 6th to 14th, from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm. In the coming months, the exhibition will be displayed in several other places in Istanbul and Ankara.

 

While France is gearing up to host the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in December 2015, AFD and the GoodPlanet Foundation are using images to highlight innovative and effective solutions combining the fight against climate change and economic development in AFD’s 71 agencies worldwide.

The exhibition comprises 21 photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand from his famous “Earth from Above” series and presents concrete initiatives in four sectors: cities, agriculture, energy transition and climate change adaptation.


AFD, a major and innovative international actor in climate finance

In line with its Climate Strategy, AFD uses a wide range of financial tools (investment loans, budget support, guarantees, equity or grant investments and technical assistance) to finance positive and realistic solutions to combat climate change. It benefits from and mobilizes resources from European and international mandates. Among the initiatives presented in this exhibition by actors from both the North and South, 15 are supported by AFD and illustrate the wide range of financing in all the countries where AFD operates.

AFD activities in Turkey are part of its regional operations in the Mediterranean and contribute to strengthening the Franco-Turkish partnership on climate change and environmental issues. The aim is to provide joint responses to preserving Mediterranean ecosystems and limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
This year, AFD is celebrating its 10th year of presence and achievements in Turkey. Over the last 10 years, AFD has committed 2 billions euros in Turkey to support projects 50% of which have a climate benefit.
AFD supports the priority objectives defined by Turkey in this field and its operations are in line with the policies implemented by the country in the sectors of energy, urban development and forestry.
In Turkey, AFD works with the public sector (central government,
State-owned companies and banks and local authorities) and, via its subsidiary Proparco, with the private sector (banks and companies).

Practical information

Photo exhibition
60 SOLUTIONS AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
Venue: Zorlu Center
Date: 6-14 April 2015
Free admission


About AFD
Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is a public development finance institution that has worked for over seventy years to alleviate poverty and foster sustainable development in the developing world and in the French Overseas Provinces. AFD executes the French Government’s development aid policies. Working on four continents, AFD has 71 field offices and bureaus, including 9 in France’s overseas provinces and 1 in Brussels. It provides financing and support for projects that improve living conditions, promote economic growth, and protect the planet.
In 2014, AFD committed EUR 8.1 billion to projects in developing countries and in the French Overseas Provinces. These AFD-financed projects will provide schooling for children, improve maternal health, promote gender equality, support farmers and small businesses, and bolster access to drinking water, transportation and energy.

www.afd.fr
climat.afd.fr

About GoodPlanet
The objectives of the GoodPlanet Foundation, headed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, are to raise public awareness of ecology, making it a central issue, and to inspire a desire to take positive action.

AFD press contacts:
Mrs Göksen SAHIN

(+90212) 283 31 11
sahing@afd.fr 



Agence Française de Développement’s 2014 Results: Over EUR 8 billion for a more equitable and more sustainable world

17/03/2015

Anne Paugam, Chief Executive Officer of AFD, today presented the key figures for the activity in 2014 of the central actor in France’s Official Development Assistance. With EUR 8.1 billion of commitments, up 4%, AFD has achieved another historic year for its activities to support a more equitable and more sustainable world.

AFD’s mandate is central to the challenge of the coming years, which is to bring about new development models that ensure both the prosperity of the whole of the world’s population and preserve the planet. We contribute to this by tailoring our actions to the needs of partner countries”, explained Anne Paugam, Chief Executive Officer of AFD.

AFD is a public institution that implements France’s policy for development financing. It operates on four continents, in over 90 countries and in the French overseas territories, and works on a daily basis to meet its partners’ requirements. This results in investments in human capital, support for the private sector, financing for public transport projects, and assistance for the public policies of both governments and territorial authorities, in order to promote more equitable and more sustainable development trajectories.

AFD addresses the challenges of climate change, the impacts of which concern the entire planet, by showing on a daily basis that there are concrete solutions that reconcile climate and development. In 2014, 53% of AFD’s financing for development in developing countries generated positive impacts for the fight against climate change and 30% for PROPARCO, its private sector financing arm.


Concrete impacts

AFD’s actions bring about concrete impacts. Between 2012 and 2014, ongoing projects have:

  • Got 2 million children into primary and secondary school;
  • Improved housing for 2.3 million people;
  • Provided 2.7 million people with access to a sustainable source of drinking water;
  • Assisted the development of 246,000 small businesses;
  • Supported 771,000 family farms;
  • Preserved and sustainably managed 32 million hectares of natural spaces allowing biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Historic year for the climate: 53% of financing

In 2014, 53% of AFD’s financing for development in developing countries and almost 30% of its subsidiary PROPARCO’s financing for the private sector also had positive impacts on the fight against climate change as part of one of the most ambitious climate strategies among international development finance institutions, which was established at the request of the French Government. In 2014, it accounted for over EUR 2.8bn of financial commitments, including EUR 2.53bn for AFD. Since 2005, EUR 18bn have been earmarked by AFD for projects that reconcile development and climate.

 

 

 

 

 

AFD’s first climate bonds

For the first time, AFD has issued climate bonds with a 10-year maturity. They will finance projects that contribute to development, but also to the fight against climate change.
This EUR 1bn “climate” bond issue is the first of its kind conducted by a French public agency. It marks a new trend in the design of financial instruments to support the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Through its rigorous and innovative methodology, based on a systematic assessment of the carbon footprint of funded projects, AFD is seeking to demonstrate to financiers that it is possible to channel part of international finance towards “climate” assets.

 

 

Sub-Saharan Africa: Record commitments

In 2014, financing in Sub-Saharan Africa reached the record volume of EUR 2.95bn, i.e. 36.5% of AFD Group’s total financing (45% of financing in foreign countries). Through this strong commitment, which is in line with the objective set by the French President to provide EUR 20bn of financing to the continent by 2018, AFD aims to support the emergence of Africa in its growth trajectories. The projects supported by AFD provide access to essential services, develop sustainable cities, family farming, preserve natural resources, and build infrastructure and job-creating enterprises.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Crises: Specific intervention methods and tools

In Mali, the Central African Republic, Guinea… in countries in armed conflict or recently emerged from conflict, AFD has tailored its operating methods and tools to the specificity of these contexts. The aim is to be more responsive and work more effectively with the different partners and actors of emergency relief and development. Key projects in 2014 include:
Ebola: a new treatment center was set up in the Guinea Forest Region thanks to a EUR 5m grant via a Debt Reduction-Development Contract
Bêkou Fund: this fund, with EUR 64m at the end of 2014, was created on the initiative of AFD. It allows European donors to pool their financing in order to support the crisis management and subsequent post-crisis process in CAR. It aims to recreate essential services, contribute to economic development and promote stability in the country and sub-region.

 

 

►Summary of 2014 activity results



Istanbul hosted the sixteenth CODATU Conference on urban Transport of 2 to 5 February 2015

17/02/2015

Inaugurated by His Excellency the French Ambassador, the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the Deputy Undersecretary at Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the XVI CODATU Conference organized by CODATU in partnership with İstanbul Technical University (İTÜ) was held in Istanbul from 2 to 5 February 2015. Sponsored by many French companies and international financial institutions including AFD, the conference dealt with a major theme: "Energy issues, climate and air quality: the role of urban transport policies in developing countries and emerging economies". In addressing climate issues associated with urban transport, it is presented as a key step to an agreement within the next COP21 to be held in Paris in December 2015.

During the first day devoted to political Symposium, AFD is represented by Rima Le COGUIC, Head Department of Transportation who spoke alongside the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and the Turkish Delegation of the European Union during the session on "Financing and Optimization benefits of transit low carbon". Her discourse was mainly focused on explaining that the role of donors is not limited to the project finance and should aim the improvement of the transport system while reducing environmental and social impacts in the long term.

The conference brought together over 400 policy makers and international experts in the urban mobility sector, including a dozen French community representatives engaged in the development of urban public transport for a long time and thirty Turkish local authority representatives involved more recently in planning urban transport to reduce emissions of CO2 and improve the quality of life of their inhabitants. This conference has been an opportunity to highlight the role of local actors in the fight against climate change, in particular through better transportation planning.
 



 
   
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