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Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates have committed to joining a major global initiative to redesign the global “take-make-dispose” economy into a more circular one.

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UN Environment’s District Energy in Cities Initiative, which is unlocking private sector finance to cut greenhouse gas emissions from heating and cooling, has been named best State-of-the-Art partnership in the energy sector at a global summit, hosted by the Prime Minister of Denmark.

The initiative beat off competition from initiatives led by major development banks at Copenhagen’s Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 summit, which brings together world leaders, the private sector and civil society to accelerate partnerships that support sustainable development.

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World Food Day on 16 October reminds us that 821 million people in the world are undernourished and that sustainable agriculture requires mainstreaming of biodiversity.

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Tens of millions more dollars are to be devoted to the worldwide battle to beat the illegal wildlife trade, which is reaching unparalleled levels, endangering iconic species and human livelihoods alike.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will increase its funding to combat the trafficking by $37 million over the next four years, a rise of close to 29 per cent. It has allocated $168 million over its new funding cycle - known as GEF-7 and running from 2018 to 2022 – up from $131 million over the previous four years.

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In recent years, many major producers and buyers of agricultural commodities have made ambitious commitments to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. Yet, it is now clear that even if they meet their own commitments, deforestation will continue and many of the other underlying environmental and social challenges will also remain.

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The Global Environment Facility CEO, Naoko Ishii, was one of the main speakers at the annual ICCF gala in Washington DC last week. Each year, the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Gala offers an opportunity to recognize the outstanding work being done by government, non-governmental, and business leaders in furtherance of good conservation.

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How can leaders propel action to secure the global commons now?  This was the central question for one of the headline sessions, Environmental Stewardship in the Sprint to 2020, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York this week.

The international community is engaged in a “Sprint to 2020” spanning across multiple environmental agendas that will culminate or have important milestones in 2020 (see below).

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Organizations from across sectors embrace land as a climate solution during the Global Climate Action Summit.

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has been working for over 25 years to help mitigate climate change, halt biodiversity loss and combat land degradation. The nexus between these three goals across globally important landscapes present a key opportunity to achieve them in a synergistic way through the generation of   global environmental benefits across all these dimensions.

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From August 26 to 31, experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries will meet in Stockholm, Sweden, for the World Water Week that this year focuses on 'water, ecosystems and human development'.

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