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New commitments made at 2017 Our
New commitments made at 2017 Our
Since 2014, the Our Ocean conference has brought together world leaders, civil
society organizations, executives, and oceans experts with the goal of driving
concrete action to turn the tide of human-caused deterioration of the planet’s
oceans. The 2017 conference, which was hosted by the European Union, and took
place in Malta on October 5th and 6th, saw a renewed global commitment to six
areas – marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution,
maritime security, sustainable blue economy, and climate change. The theme of
the conference – “An Ocean for Life” – serves as a reminder that while more than
3 billion people directly depend on the seas for their livelihoods, their
continued vitality indirectly impacts everyone.
At this year’s conference, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced three
initiatives related to the conference themes on pollution, sustainable
fisheries, and climate change. The GEF’s commitments represent more than USD 85
million in investments in capacity building and resilience in some of the
world’s most heavily used marine areas.
The Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme), is the most substantial
commitment with USD 42.3 million to address nutrient pollution in the
Mediterranean, enhance region wide environmental monitoring and protect key
coastal freshwater resources. The MedProgramme builds on successful GEF projects
in the Mediterranean and on the legal framework provided by the Barcelona
Convention and its protocols. Implemented by UN Environment and the European
Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), MedProgramme will reduce
nutrient and chemical pollution across the Mediterranean region and build the
capacity of affected populations.
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Progress made on future directio
Progress made on future direction
of Global Environment Facility
The 2nd replenishment meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust
Fund (GEF-7) was held earlier this month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, discussing
the future direction of the GEF to tackle the drivers of environmental
The two-day meeting opened October 4 with a keynote address by Dr. Gemedo Dalle,
Minister of the Environment for Ethiopia, who highlighted his country’s
sustainable development plans, and “commitment to support the vison and
objectives of the GEF”.
The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Dessalegn, also shared his views on
issues of global environmental actions and financing in a special “GEF edition”
of UN Environment’s Our Planet magazine that was distributed to participants. In
his article, the prime minister emphasized the importance of global action and
In the same magazine, Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, wrote, “To get on
the right path to a better, safer future, we need to work together on common and
systemic solutions, and address the drivers of environmental change. It’s
increasingly clear that the GEF cannot afford to stand still.”
In her opening address to the Addis meeting, Ishii recognized Ethiopia for its
leadership on the global sustainable agenda and noted growing threats to the
environment including recent extreme weather events that have caused immense
human suffering. “The challenge is huge, so we must aim high,” she said. “GEF-7
is an opportunity to show the world what kind of things we can do together.”
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