Press Release

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

A new international effort to combat the negative environmental impacts of the transfer of aquatic species through ships has been launched this week. The GloFouling Partnerships project - a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) - will address the build-up of aquatic organisms on a ship’s underwater hull and on other marine mobile infrastructure.


The Republic of Seychelles has launched the world’s first sovereign blue bond—a pioneering financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects.



Heads of state, UN and Business Leaders to attend Sixth GEF Assembly

June 27-28, 2018 | Da Nang, Viet Nam


Heads of state and government, ministers, heads of UN agencies, top business people and academics, and NGO leaders, will meet in Da Nang, Viet Nam from June 27-28, for the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Assembly.


Des pays s’engagent à verser 4,1 milliards de dollars au Fonds pour l’environnement mondial


Los países prometen USD 4100 millones al Fondo para el Medio Ambiente Mundial


Countries pledge US$4.1 billion to the Global Environment Facility


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has announced its support for a first of its kind climate resilience investment fund today at the UN Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn.  The fund will boost adaptation efforts in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries.  And, for the first time, private investors will have the opportunity to get their return by investing in a fund that exclusively focuses on resilience-related companies.