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Investing in nature took center stage during the World Bank Group Annual Meetings, where Global Environment Facility CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii joined an eminent panel to discuss ways to protect and encourage an integrated approach to economic planning and biodiversity conservation.

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Spearheaded by Sri Lanka, United Nations member states endorsed a proposed roadmap for action on nitrogen challenges called the Colombo Declaration on Sustainable Nitrogen Management

At a time when the world grapples with the menace of air pollution killing 7 million people prematurely every year, Sri Lanka, with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), convened a two-day event at which member states came together to adopt what is being called the “Colombo Declaration” with an ambition to halve nitrogen waste by 2030.

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At the Our Ocean conference in Oslo, the head of the Global Environment Facility announced a $6.8 million contribution from the GEF Trust Fund to help seven countries across Central America jointly assess opportunities and challenges from the blue economy along their Pacific coasts.

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The Government of Ghana formally joined the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) today, becoming the first African nation to combine forces with this ambitious new initiative dedicated to eradicating plastic waste and pollution worldwide.

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More than 20 cities around the world – including Abidjan, Dakar, Helsinki, Paris, La Paz, Melaka and São Paulo – have endorsed the Sao Paulo Statement on Urban Sustainability, pledging support for city development that incorporates environmental considerations such as low emission targets, local biodiversity action plans, and nature-based solutions focused on expanding green urban infrastructure and increasing urban resilience.

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During U.N. Climate Week in New York, senior government officials will discuss the urgency of climate change preparedness in the world’s poorest countries and announce new funding for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), which helps vulnerable countries adapt to the effects of climate change.

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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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