Canada was one of the founding members of the Global Environment Facility, whose creation in 1991 provided the financial means for developing countries to take action on biodiversity, climate change, pollution, ocean health, and the ozone layer.

In the three decades since, Canada’s influence at the GEF has grown, as has its remit to address toxic chemicals, support more sustainable cities and food systems, improve the management of forests and waterways, and build a more resilient future, even in the most vulnerable places on Earth.

This publication provides an overview of the areas in which Canada has played a significant leadership role in and through the GEF, as well as those where a further deepening of the relationship holds opportunity for the years ahead.

Click here for information on the Seventh GEF Assembly, which will take place in Vancouver from August 22-26, 2023.

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