MEA presentations included:
- the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
- the UN Legal Counsel (as temporary secretariat of the BBNJ Agreement);
- the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD);
- the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD);
- the Stockholm Convention; and
- the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
UNFCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell announced that COP 29 will be “a finance COP” focusing on increasing mobilization and reforming the multilateral finance architecture. UN Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares stressed the importance of GEF support for enabling activities and swift ratifications. CBD Acting Executive Secretary David Cooper urged for more and substantial pledges to the Global Biodiversity Framework Fund before CBD COP 16. Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions Executive Secretary Rolph Payet highlighted future work on sustainable financing and phaseout of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and on the linkages and co-benefits between tackling climate change and pollution. Minamata Convention Executive Secretary Monika Stankiewicz noted GEF integrated programs have not yet served her convention, and expressed hope they will do so in future work programs. UNCCD Deputy Executive Secretary Andrea Meza Murillo outlined outcomes of the recent Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) session, emphasizing country reports on the land degradation neutrality goal and a worrying increase in degraded land.