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Press Release

Today, at Climate Week NYC 2021, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), and partners launched UrbanShift – a new global initiative to improve lives and transform cities into green and liveable spaces that address climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

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WWF and South Pole today launched the Landscape Resilience Fund (LRF) to tackle the impact of climate change head-on. With the support of the Global Environment Facility and the commitment of Chanel as anchor investor, the fund is ready to rally more institutions to invest in a resilient future.

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Member governments and partners of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) met today – Earth Day – to formally start discussions about its eighth replenishment cycle, signaling ambitious plans and priorities at a critical time for the health of people and planet.

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A new ocean conservation initiative is underway to catalyze the protection and conservation of 18 million square kilometers of the ocean (7 million square miles) over the next five years - an area twice the size of the continental United States and larger than the continent of South America.

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Conservation International, as a Global Environment Facility (GEF) partner agency, today announced an effort that will help increase sustainability in the global fashion industry through science-based initiatives designed to mitigate the sector’s impacts on biodiversity loss through the creation of a new practice that will help minimize land-use change, pollution, and natural resource extraction.

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IUCN today announces the launch of the Nature+ Accelerator Fund, a first-of-its-kind private sector-focused nature conservation accelerator fund providing measurable conservation and social benefits while delivering financial returns for investors.

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“We can no longer accept the devastating wildfires, extreme weather, species loss, and disease outbreaks that are afflicting our planet.  We must take the necessary steps to secure a sustainable future with resilience and protecting nature at its heart.”

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

Watch Carlos Manuel Rodriguez speak at the Leaders Event.

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Costa Rican conservationist Carlos Manuel Rodriguez today took up his new role as CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, aiming to scale up action on forestry, food and land use, and biodiversity loss, and to support ambitious results from upcoming international climate and nature negotiations.

Rodriguez, an environmental lawyer and internationally recognized expert on financing for nature conservation, was selected for the post in June by the GEF Council, the multilateral trust fund’s governing body representing 184 countries.

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a $2 million grant for a new venture in partnership with the MAVA Foundation, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which aims to increase investment in nature-based infrastructure that can help adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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El Ministro de Ambiente y Energía de Costa Rica, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, ha sido seleccionado como el próximo CEO y Presidente del Fondo para el Medio Ambiente Mundial (GEF por sus siglas en inglés), el mayor fondo fiduciario multilateral que apoya la acción ambiental en los países en desarrollo y el principal mecanismo de financiamiento para múltiples convenciones ambientales de las Naciones Unidas.

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