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More than 100 countries meet to
More than 100 countries meet to
protect global environment
The Sixth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), set up to help
tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems, will take place from
June 27-28, 2018 at the Furama International Conference Center in Da Nang,
Held every four years, the GEF Assembly brings together environment ministers
and other senior officials from all its 183 member countries, along with heads
of UN agencies, regional development backs, civil society organizations and
business leaders to share ideas, solutions and action needed to protect the
Last month, close to 30 countries jointly pledged US$4.1 billion to the GEF for
its new four-year investment cycle, (known as GEF-7), to better protect the
future of the planet and human well-being.
“A clear majority of donors have stepped up their support for the GEF, signaling
the urgency of the global environmental agenda, and trust in the GEF to help
tackle the problem and achieve even greater results,” said Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO
With the health of the global environment worsening, the GEF received strong
support in its efforts to help safeguard the world’s forests, land, water,
climate, and oceans, build green cities, protect threatened wildlife, and tackle
new environmental threats like marine plastic pollution.
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Sprint to 2020
Sprint to 2020: Getting
deforestation out of commodities - how far are we from the finishing
Deforestation is contributing irrefutably to climate change, putting natural
resources and livelihoods at risk. With two years left to deliver on the goal of
zero commodity-driven deforestation by 2020, delegates from the private sector,
government, civil society and academia were reminded this week in Ghana’s
capital, Accra, of the need for urgent action.
“The forests are an integral part of the environmental commons. We need to view
forests as a contributor to all issues and the entire sustainability agenda,”
said Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, in her
keynote address, adding “we have 30 months to make headway on an agenda where
we’re falling behind.” The urgency of the issue was reiterated by Frances
Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute: “Time is
running out and we really need to get on with it”.
Seymour’s address was backed by satellite imagery on the EarthTime platform that
showed the rapid pace at which tropical forests in Latin America and South East
Asia had been cleared to make way for the production of soy in Brazil and palm
oil in Indonesia, causing environmental degradation and the loss of
biodiversity. She told delegates that 2016 was a record-breaking year for
tree-cover loss, with an area the size of New Zealand being destroyed, and
suggested it was no coincidence that the natural disasters of 2017 were equally
record-breaking. “The climate is changing,” she said. “Nature is telling us it
is urgent to address the problem of deforestation.”
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