Press Release

Seed funding to support coral reef insurance, supply-chain resilience, and other climate risk remedies for entrepreneurs, food producers, cities, local communities

Nespresso, South Pole, MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative, and Willis Towers Watson were among those announced today as winners of the Global Environment Facility’s inaugural Challenge Program for Adaptation Innovation, a new competition supporting private sector remedies for climate risk in developing countries.


Twelve international organizations providing assistance to developing countries came together at the UN Climate Change Conference today to launch the Alliance for Hydromet Development.


A new GEF Global E-Mobility Program launched today at the COP25 climate summit will help an initial set of 17 developing countries deploy electric vehicles at scale, in support of improved air quality and reduced fossil fuel dependency.

The new $33 million program, launched in Madrid in coordination with the European Commission’s new E-Mobility Solutions Plus Project, represents the first global coordinated effort to promote and accelerate the uptake of electric mobility in developing countries.


$160 million pledged for GEF-managed fund that helps poorest countries prepare for climate change

NEW YORK, September 26, 2019 - Citing an urgent need to fortify global defenses against climate change, six donor countries have renewed their funding commitment to the world’s poorest countries through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), managed by the Global Environment Facility.


Global Commission on Adaptation report finds that investing $1.8 trillion globally from 2020 to 2030 in five areas of climate adaptation could yield up to $7.1 trillion in net benefits.

Simultaneous launch in India and more than 10 major world cities is supported by an extensive social media and video campaign (#AdaptOurWorld)

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GEF 56th Council and 26th LDCF-SCCF meetings signal “new way of doing business”

Governments have approved programmes and projects worth almost $1 billion to tackle growing threats to the natural world - and to help some of the Earth's most vulnerable people adapt to climate change - at two consecutive Global Environment Facility (GEF) meetings in Washington DC this week.

  • The artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector accounts for 20 per cent of the world's annual gold production
  • As many as 15 million people work in the ASGM sector globally – including 4.5 million women and over 600,000 children
  • The ASGM sector is the single largest source of man-made mercury emissions, responsible for the release of as much as 1,000 tonnes of mercury to the atmosphere annually

Katowice, Poland – Climate change threatens a decade of strong economic growth and social gains across Africa, according to a new report launched today by UNDP. The report was launched in coordination with the Africa Adaptation Initiative at this year’s climate talks in Poland, which have brought leaders from across the globe to build momentum to reach the goals outlined in the historic Paris Agreement.


UN Climate Change News, Katowice, 2 December 2018 – Following a year of devastating climate disasters around the globe, from California to Kerala, and Tonga to Japan, the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) opens today with the goal of finalising the implementation guidelines for the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines will provide clarity on how to implement the landmark agreement fairly and transparently for all.

  • Sharm El Sheikh Declaration adopted inviting UN General Assembly to convene a Summit on Biodiversity for heads of State by 2020
  • Governments agree to accelerate action to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2020  
  • Agreement on a comprehensive and participatory process to develop post-2020 global biodiversity framework
  • Sharm El Sheikh to Beijing Action Agenda for Nature and People launched to mobilize broad stakeholder engagement