The Pacific Islands Forum has congratulated the Cook Islands for becoming the first Forum country to get a readiness support grant from the Green Climate Fund.
The Forum's secretary general, Dame Meg Taylor, says the money will help strengthen the Cooks' capacity to effectively engage with the Fund.
She says other Forum countries need to draw on the Cooks experience in pursuing efforts to access GCF resources.
The Green Climate Fund's Readiness Support Programme is designed to build the capacity of vulnerable developing countries to access climate change financing.
The initial GCF grant to the Cooks is US$75,000 dollars.
The Forum says it will continue to help members strengthen their national systems to improve their access to climate change finance.