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World Food Day on 16 October reminds us that 821 million people in the world are undernourished and that sustainable agriculture requires mainstreaming of biodiversity.

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Tens of millions more dollars are to be devoted to the worldwide battle to beat the illegal wildlife trade, which is reaching unparalleled levels, endangering iconic species and human livelihoods alike.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will increase its funding to combat the trafficking by $37 million over the next four years, a rise of close to 29 per cent. It has allocated $168 million over its new funding cycle - known as GEF-7 and running from 2018 to 2022 – up from $131 million over the previous four years.

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The Global Environment Facility CEO, Naoko Ishii, was one of the main speakers at the annual ICCF gala in Washington DC last week. Each year, the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Gala offers an opportunity to recognize the outstanding work being done by government, non-governmental, and business leaders in furtherance of good conservation.

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How can leaders propel action to secure the global commons now?  This was the central question for one of the headline sessions, Environmental Stewardship in the Sprint to 2020, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York this week.

The international community is engaged in a “Sprint to 2020” spanning across multiple environmental agendas that will culminate or have important milestones in 2020 (see below).

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Organizations from across sectors embrace land as a climate solution during the Global Climate Action Summit

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has been working for over 25 years to help mitigate climate change, halt biodiversity loss and combat land degradation. The nexus between these three goals across globally important landscapes present a key opportunity to achieve them in a synergistic way through the generation of   global environmental benefits across all these dimensions.

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From August 26 to 31, experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries will meet in Stockholm, Sweden, for the World Water Week that this year focuses on 'water, ecosystems and human development'.

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A new GEF-financed project for coastal resilience will support Liberia’s goals to end poverty and ensure low-carbon, climate-resilient development

The President of Liberia, George Weah, launched a new project in New Kru Town, Liberia, this month that will help build the resilience of vulnerable communities against climate change while contributing to achieving sustainable development in the country.

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GEF Assembly discusses how the GEF can accelerate systems change

“Transformational change” will be needed if humanity is to avoid environmental “catastrophe”, President David Granger of Guyana today told the closing session of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Assembly in Da Nang, Viet Nam. But he added that the meeting  had convinced him that a “new day is dawning for the global environment”.

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Sixth GEF Assembly opens with strong support for transformation agenda

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