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Peter Lallas is the Global Environment Facility’s Conflict Resolution Commissioner and an advisor to the GEF Director of Strategy and Operations. In an interview, he shared insights from his career path that started on the basketball court, and reflected on the importance of meaningful engagement with people impacted by environmental issues and by international efforts to address them.

You wear many hats at the GEF. What does your work entail?

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature, Mirova Natural Capital, and the Global Environment Facility have teamed up to launch the world’s first conservation accelerator fund, an investment vehicle designed to help channel private sector funding into cutting-edge initiatives with the potential to benefit both nature and investors.

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Alimata B. Kone is Permanent Secretary of the Côte d’Ivoire GEF National Commission and serves as the country’s GEF Operational Focal Point. In an interview, she reflected on Côte d’Ivoire engagement with the Global Environment Facility as both a donor and a recipient country and shared how her background in economics has been useful in the field of environmental action.

What are the main environmental issues of concern to Côte d’Ivoire?

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David Barron is Chairman of the ICCF Group, a foundation that works to advance US leadership in international conservation through public-private partnerships, awareness-raising among policy-makers, and support for tougher policies on conservation and natural resource management. In an interview, he reflected on the power of bipartisan and multi-partisan coalitions to tackle difficult challenges such as how to avoid the next pandemic.

What was your inspiration to establish the ICCF Group?

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“On behalf of the GEF, I would like to welcome the commitment by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Environment Minister Shinjirō Koizumi for Japan to become carbon neutral by 2050. The transition to a safer and healthier planet will require leadership and bold action as demonstrated by Tokyo today. The GEF is standing by to help governments all over the world embrace carbon neutrality and make systemic decisions about how to get ahead of climate change and its risks.”

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, GEF CEO and Chairperson

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Rocío Cóndor is an FAO Forestry Officer working on the Enhanced Transparency Framework and coordinating the GEF-funded Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency work related to the forest sector, known as CBIT-Forest. In an interview, she reflected on the ways solid data can inform good decisions when it comes to sustainable forest management.

What does your work entail?

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Mercury can take many different routes to reach homes. To help inform the public on mercury's use and prevention, the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (MINAM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the GEF-funded planetGOLD Peru project, have initiated the "Expedition Mercury" awareness campaign.

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GEF CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez sees the setbacks of 2020 as an opportunity to reset society’s relationship with the environment and shift business-as-usual approaches toward more sustainable models. Speaking with Mongabay in an October 2020 interview, Rodriguez says the pandemic recovery presents a chance to rethink the economic system that “got us in this problem,” through “confrontative relationships between humans and nature.”

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Miguel Stutzin is a Chilean veterinarian and international environment specialist who serves as his country’s Operational Focal Point to the Global Environment Facility. In an interview, he shared his hopes for a green recovery to the coronavirus pandemic. 

What do you do for a living?

Throughout my life, I have been able to complement my passion and work on environmental conservation with veterinary clinical practice, which has been really gratifying.

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As a Global Environment Facility Country Officer, Seo-Jeong Yoon helps government officials across Asia and the Pacific plan and advance GEF-supported projects to address environmental degradation and protection. In an interview, she reflected on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her work across 14 time zones and how growing up in rural South Korea shaped her views about land stewardship.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

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