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World Environment Day: connecting with nature and protecting our oceans

Today is World Environment Day. Since 1974, the world comes together on June 5th to bring awareness to our environment and the action required from all of us to protect it.

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New projects approved for Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries 

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) 52nd Council wrapped up three days of meetings today with co-chairs, GEF CEO, Naoko Ishii and Germany Council member, Phillip Knill, thanking participants for their “spirt of cooperation.”

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The 52nd GEF Council Meeting opened today in Washington, DC and will run May 23-25, 2017. Reminding delegates of both the current threats to the environment, as well as emerging opportunities to transform key economic systems, Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO & Chairperson said “We have an unprecedented opportunity to make a difference.”

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From combatting illegal wildlife trade to the promotion of ecotourism and inspiring nature protection through poetry, the GEF is working with a wide range of partners to highlight the importance of biodiversity today.

The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) 2017, celebrated each year on May 22, is an opportunity for the international community to reflect on the importance of conserving biodiversity for our planet’s health and for future generations, and think of the challenges ahead.  

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Con miras a la séptima reposición del Fondo Fiduciario del FMAM (FMAM-7), el FMAM está realizando una serie de reuniones en todo el mundo para compartir información y obtener los puntos de vista de los propios países. Esta semana, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá y Venezuela se reunieron en Playa del Carmen, México para participar en una reunión de circunscripción y en un taller de circunscripción ampliada (ECW, por sus siglas en inglés).

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The GEF is launching GEF Kaleo, a new online knowledge sharing system that provides a “question and answer” platform on the GEF’s policies and programs. Through GEF Kaleo, users can access expert-vetted answers to common questions about the GEF’s policies and procedures. GEF Kaleo is accessible 24/7 on the GEF website.

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Looking forward to the seventh replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-7), a series of meetings are being held around the world to both share information, and get feedback from the countries themselves. This week, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela gathered in Playa del Carmen, Mexico to participate in a constituency meeting and an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW).

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The GEF is bringing its long history of support for forests to a key United Nations forum in New York this week. The twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNF12), composed of all Member States of the UN and specialized agencies, is looking at various ways to protect, sustainably manage and increase the world’s forest area.

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The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) has launched a new publication and a short animated video on community actions to address the effects of chemicals and waste on the environment and livelihoods.

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