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“We can no longer accept the devastating wildfires, extreme weather, species loss, and disease outbreaks that are afflicting our planet.  We must take the necessary steps to secure a sustainable future with resilience and protecting nature at its heart.”

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

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Costa Rican conservationist Carlos Manuel Rodriguez today took up his new role as CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, aiming to scale up action on forestry, food and land use, and biodiversity loss, and to support ambitious results from upcoming international climate and nature negotiations.

Rodriguez, an environmental lawyer and internationally recognized expert on financing for nature conservation, was selected for the post in June by the GEF Council, the multilateral trust fund’s governing body representing 184 countries.

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a $2 million grant for a new venture in partnership with the MAVA Foundation, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which aims to increase investment in nature-based infrastructure that can help adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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El Ministro de Ambiente y Energía de Costa Rica, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, ha sido seleccionado como el próximo CEO y Presidente del Fondo para el Medio Ambiente Mundial (GEF por sus siglas en inglés), el mayor fondo fiduciario multilateral que apoya la acción ambiental en los países en desarrollo y el principal mecanismo de financiamiento para múltiples convenciones ambientales de las Naciones Unidas.

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Costa Rican Environment and Energy Minister Carlos Manuel Rodriguez has been selected as the next CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, the largest multilateral trust fund supporting environmental action in developing countries and the main financing mechanism for multiple United Nations environmental conventions.

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Seed funding to support coral reef insurance, supply-chain resilience, and other climate risk remedies for entrepreneurs, food producers, cities, local communities

Nespresso, South Pole, MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative, and Willis Towers Watson were among those announced today as winners of the Global Environment Facility’s inaugural Challenge Program for Adaptation Innovation, a new competition supporting private sector remedies for climate risk in developing countries.

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Twelve international organizations providing assistance to developing countries came together at the UN Climate Change Conference today to launch the Alliance for Hydromet Development.

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A new GEF Global E-Mobility Program launched today at the COP25 climate summit will help an initial set of 17 developing countries deploy electric vehicles at scale, in support of improved air quality and reduced fossil fuel dependency.

The new $33 million program, launched in Madrid in coordination with the European Commission’s new E-Mobility Solutions Plus Project, represents the first global coordinated effort to promote and accelerate the uptake of electric mobility in developing countries.

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$160 million pledged for GEF-managed fund that helps poorest countries prepare for climate change

NEW YORK, September 26, 2019 - Citing an urgent need to fortify global defenses against climate change, six donor countries have renewed their funding commitment to the world’s poorest countries through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), managed by the Global Environment Facility.

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Global Commission on Adaptation report finds that investing $1.8 trillion globally from 2020 to 2030 in five areas of climate adaptation could yield up to $7.1 trillion in net benefits.

Simultaneous launch in India and more than 10 major world cities is supported by an extensive social media and video campaign (#AdaptOurWorld)

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