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GEF Council Discusses Work Program, STAP Report [viewed]

GEF21 October 2015: The 49th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council opened in Washington DC, US, to consider, among other things, a Work Program to provide financing for 17 new projects focusing mainly on climate change and sustainable ecosystem management in the Amazon. In anticipation of the forthcoming Paris Climate Change Conference, the Work Program emphasizes climate mitigation, as well as an integrated, multi-country program for the Amazon.

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GEF Presents Biannual Report to UNCCD COP 12 [viewed]

GEF12 October 2015: To the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has presented its biannual report, 'Investing in Land Stewardship.'

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TFD, PROFOR Report Discusses Company-Community Agreements in Forest Landscape Investment [viewed]

towardconsent5 October 2015: A report published by The Forests Dialogue (TFD) in collaboration with the World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) gathers case studies from around the world illustrating how private companies are working with local communities to obtain their Fair, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for investments in forest landscapes.

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UN Agencies, MDBs React to Adoption of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015October 2015: Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN agencies, Regional Commissions, multilateral development banks (MDBs), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others have welcomed and responded to the Agenda's adoption.

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Global Citizen Festival Spotlights SDGs, WASH [viewed]

global_citizen27 September 2015: The fourth annual Global Citizen Festival took place in New York City's Central Park alongside the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. An estimated crowd of 60,000 people participated, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on attendees to help make the new Goals "a global reality,” and demand that their leaders deliver on them.

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Blue Guardians Initiative on Oceans to Support SIDS Resilience to Climate Change [viewed]

clinton_global_initiative1 October 2015: An international initiative, titled ‘Blue Guardians,' has been launched by former US President Bill Clinton, to address the urgent need for climate change action through recognition of the role of oceans in climate change resilience and mitigation. The initiative will promote the development of 39 sustainable island economies while increasing their resilience to climate change and promoting marine and fisheries conservation and clean renewable energy.

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September 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

September 2015 Climate2 October 2015: During the month of September, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on new funding, and project news and other climate finance-related developments. Multilateral development banks, climate funds, and others released studies, briefs and reports, including on carbon pricing and climate resilience, and reported on events on climate finance readiness and disaster risk financing.

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Six African Countries Launch CAFI Initiative on Forests [viewed]

CAFI29 September 2015: Representatives of six African nations and development partners launched the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) at a high-level event in New York, the US. CAFI aims to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in Central Africa through mitigating climate change, reducing poverty and contributing to sustainable development.

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GEF Event Examines SDGs and Planetary Boundaries [viewed]

post2015_iisdrs_sideevents27 September 2015: Protecting the Earth's shared natural resources in the context of population's accelerated growth was the focus of a high-level event organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on the margins of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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UN Leaders, Member States Reconfirm Commitment to Fight Illicit Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

UNDP, UNODC, CITES, World Bank and WCS27 September 2015: At a high-level stakeholder dialogue hosted by the Governments of Gabon and Germany and held on the sidelines of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, heads of UN agencies, ministers of UN Member States and leaders from the private sector reaffirmed their political commitment to fight illegal trade in wildlife.

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