Press Release

Statement by Naoko Ishii CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

May 18, 2017

"Today is a pivotal moment in the fight against harmful chemicals and their negative impact on health and the environment. 

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BRS Press Release

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1,500 participants, 180 countries, 3 conventions, 2 weeks, 1 goal: A Future Detoxified

Over 1,600 representatives from more than 180 countries as well as observers including from civil society groups and the chemical and waste industries are gathering in Geneva to discuss measures to promote the sound management of chemicals and wastes.

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New money for adaptation to support some of the most vulnerable countries impacted by climate change

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United Nations and scientists bring together USD $60 million for new international management system to fight nitrogen pollution. Indispensable to life on earth, reactive nitrogen is a dangerous pollutant of air, water and soil, when released in large quantities.

UNEP and GEF Joint Press Release

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HANOI, November 17, 2016 – The Global Wildlife Program has released the first-ever review of international donor funding for combatting illegal wildlife trade in Africa and Asia, which shows that over $1.3 billion was committed by 24 international donors since 2010, or approximately $190 million per year.

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Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency will support openness and delivery of national climate plans

Marrakesh, Wednesday November 16, 2016 Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement received a welcome boost today with the launch of a new fund to help build mutual trust and confidence among countries.

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New investments in issues ranging from coastal fisheries and conservation funds to combating plastic pollution and expanding marine protected areas were announced by the Global Environment Facility at the Our Ocean conference in Washington DC in September, 2016.

Alongside fellow environment and conservation leaders, the GEF CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, stressed the need to match political commitments with financial support for the world’s oceans, our vital global commons.

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Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention on 8 September 2017. The BWM Convention is a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species through ships’ ballast water.

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