Since 2008, International Climate Initiative (IKI), under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), has been supporting climate action and biodiversity conservation in developing and emerging countries. In those 12 years, International Climate Initiative has funded over 730 climate action and biodiversity conservation projects worldwide with a total of over four billion euro to date. The budget appropriation, which in the past has seen steady year-on-year growth, was set at 567 million euro for the year 2020. Even in this challenging ‘pandemic year’, these funds are likely to be used in full. So far, approximately 100 projects have been re-started, financially supplemented, or – in answer to pandemic-related setbacks – subject to cost-neutral extensions over the course of 2020. This was and continues to be possible only thanks to the close worldwide cooperation between all IKI partners in communicating difficulties quickly and implementing solutions directly. We therefore want to thank all those across the globe who go out and make the IKI projects a reality. But we are equally grateful to those in offices and administrations who ensured the smooth processing of applications, evaluations, accounting, applications assessment, cooperation requirements and reporting duties. Their work helped maintain the high quality of IKI projects, allowing many countries and communities to profit from these joint efforts.