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The world’s Environment Ministers gathered at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi this week to commit to and find solutions for a world free of pollution.

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) 53rd Council wrapped up today after approving a work program of more than $500 million that puts a strong emphasis on support for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

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The GEF Council has approved an updated Policy on Stakeholder Engagement. The new policy, presented at the 53rd council meeting taking place in Washington DC, is the result of a two-year collaborative and consultative process involving civil society, indigenous peoples, recipient country governments, GEF agencies and other stakeholders.

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The 53rd Council meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) opened today in Washington, DC.

For the next three days the GEF Council will discuss a wide range of issues including new policies on gender, access to information and stakeholder engagement, as well as the final work program of GEF-6.

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A new Global Environment Facility (GEF) Policy on Gender Equality was approved today at the  53rd meeting of the GEF Council taking place in Washington, DC. The policy marks GEF’s increased ambition to address gender equality and promote women’s empowerment across its operations, and, in particular, in its projects and programs.

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Humanity, for the first time, has become an urban species. The number of people living in towns and cities has grown more than fivefold since 1950 and a decade ago overtook those living in the countryside. And this dramatic transformation is continuing to accelerate.

By 2050 urban areas will have gained another two billion people, and two thirds of humanity - overwhelmingly rural throughout its previous history - will live in them. Nearly 90 per cent of this increase will take place in Asia and Africa.

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Not long ago, Ethiopia was known for drought and famine. But now it is gaining an increasing international reputation for revitalising its land and growing more food. It is pioneering measures to reverse the degradation, which  affects one third of the world's agricultural land.

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As COP23 international climate talks continue in Bonn, Bhutan has launched a ground-breaking US$13.9 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) project aimed at enhancing the resilience of communities and protecting the country’s unique and rich biodiversity in the face of a changing climate.

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It is a small country in the distant Himalayas, known for being one of the happiest places on Earth. But Bhutan also is one of the most important players in the global fight against climate change.

Bhutan’s ranking in this regard is due to it being the only country in the world to commit to remaining carbon neutral, meaning it absorbs as much carbon dioxide as it emits into the atmosphere.

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