Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: 51st Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

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Event: 50th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 6 June by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 9 June the Council will convene as the 20th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

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DESA Launches Advance Version of GSDR 2015 [viewed]

Global Sustainable Development Report 2015 Edition Advance Unedited Version8 June 2015: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) released an advance unedited version of the 2015 edition of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). The 2015 GSDR considers how prepared the scientific community is to inform the integrated and multi-dimensional problem solving and policy making that will be needed for implementing the post-2015 development agenda. It includes contributions from more than 500 scientists and experts from over 20 UN agencies.

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ASEAN Social Forestry Experts Meet [viewed]

ASEAN ASFN4 June 2015: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Social Forestry Network (ASFN) met from 1-5 June 2015 for its 6th Conference and 9th Annual Meeting. The conference focused on the role of social forestry in supporting community livelihoods and environmental conservation.

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World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2015: The world has celebrated World Oceans Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet.' The day drew attention to the importance of protecting and sustainably managing the world's oceans as well as the central role of oceans in biodiversity, climate, hydrology and other Earth systems.

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Event: 49th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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ITC Publications Address Wildlife Trade and Climate Change and Agri-Food Trade [viewed]

ITC5 June 2015: International trade in wildlife can be sustainable and contribute to biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods if certain conditions are in place, according to a publication released by the International Trade Centre (ITC) on World Environment Day (WED). Also commemorating WED, ITC released a study on the perceptions of agri-exporters in Peru and Uganda on climate change.

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FAO and IKEA Partner in Viet Nam [viewed]

FAO and IKEA Partner in Viet Nam3 June 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced a partnership with IKEA to support forest certification in Viet Nam. The partnership aims to identify and evaluate options for and barriers to sustainable forest management (SFM) certification while empowering forest-dependent communities.

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CBD Secretariat Seeks Input on Financial Reporting, Safeguards for Biodiversity Financing [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)3 June 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has requested Parties and other governments to complete the financial reporting framework, and to provide information on their review of legislation and policies governing biodiversity financing mechanisms and opportunities identified for mainstreaming biodiversity and strengthening current policies and their complementary safeguards.

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