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From July 25-27, the GEF Gender Partnership gathered experts from thirty international and civil society organizations to provide ideas on how to mainstream gender into GEF-7 programming. It also provided feedback on the forthcoming policy on Gender Equality which tries to maximize opportunities for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in its programs and projects.

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Africa’s population is expected to double from 1.26 billion today to over two and half billion by 2050, little more than 30 years from now. At the same time, land degradation, loss of biodiversity and the effects of climate change pose increasing challenges to the continent’s agriculture sector, particularly smallholder farmers.  If left unchecked, these challenges will threaten the food security of millions of people, particularly in the drylands.

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“Our land. Our home. Our Future,” is the theme for the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), observed every year on June 17 to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat land degradation.

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by Nicholas Stern and Naoko Ishii

Our global commons – the land, seas and atmosphere we share, and the ecosystems they host – are under severe threat from human activities. 

We are at risk of irreversibly damaging the natural assets of the planet that allow human communities to thrive and prosper.

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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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