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The Global Environment Facility CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, welcomes the commitment by heads of state from seven countries in the Amazon basin to work more closely together to value forests, protect biodiversity, and fight against deforestation and land degradation across the biome.

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Executives from leading agribusiness and industrial companies pledged at a United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification meeting in Delhi this week to work toward more sustainable food and land use, including through an emphasis on soil health, value chain sustainability, and climate- and water-smart solutions.

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Government ministers from 196 countries, city and local leaders, non-governmental organizations, scientists and industry experts, are gathering in New Delhi, India from 2-13 September for the fourteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP14).

The main focus of the conference is finding ways to reverse land degradation while supporting a sustainable future for communities and ecosystems.

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  • Nine Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean region have united to manage and eliminate toxic chemicals and waste
  • The initiative is part of a larger program backed by $450 million in funding from partners, including $61 million from the Global Environment Facility
  • Countries undertaking action in the Caribbean region include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago
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A new special report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that better land management is necessary to tackle climate change, raising urgency about the need for more collective action to ensure the world’s forests, farms, and other landscapes are protected and developed in a sustainable way. 

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Inaugural Finance for Adaptation Solutions & Technologies Roundtable (FASTR) event

A number of public and private institutions outlined new financings, projects, studies, risk analyses, measurement methodologies, and other initiatives for climate adaptation, paving the way for greater private sector action and investment in climate adaptation.

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  • The Nigerian Government, the Global Environment Facility and UN Environment have announced a $15-million initiative to kick off a circular electronics system in Nigeria.
  • Up to 100,000 people work in the informal electronic waste sector in Nigeria, processing half a million tonnes of discarded appliances every year.
  • Safe e-waste recycling has enormous economic potential, with 100 times more gold in a tonne of e-waste than in a tonne of gold ore.
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GEF approves $179 million to support FAO-led projects

FAO welcomed a decision by the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to provide $179 million to support the UN agency's work with countries worldwide at the critical nexus between agriculture and the environment. This includes projects focused on biodiversity conservation, transboundary water resources management, sustainable land management, highly hazardous pesticide remediation, and climate change adaptation.

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The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), observed every year on June 17th,  promotes public awareness of international efforts to combat land degradation. WDCD 2019 theme, “Let’s Grow the Future Together,” calls for the achievement of Land Degradation Neutrality through the involvement and cooperation of all levels of the global community.

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Twenty-seven Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have come together in a bid to manage and eliminate toxic chemicals and waste in some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems under a new initiative announced today in Washington DC.

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