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Ministers and high-level representatives of the five Riparians endorse the Strategic Action Program (SAP) for the Drin River Basin in Southeast Europe


Extension of deadlines under GEF Policy on Project Cancellation - April 23, 2020

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April 23, 2020

Dear GEF Council Members, Operational Focal Points and GEF Agencies,

You may recall that I informed you by mail dated March 21, 2020 of our decision to extend by three months the deadlines for CEO Endorsements and Approvals for projects approved after the effectiveness date of the updated GEF Policy on Cancellation (March 1, 2019).

Mother Nature has provided us with all the tools we need to protect humanity from the violent and life-threatening spread of viral pandemics, rising seas, extreme weather, spiking temperatures, degraded habitats, uncontrolled wildfires, and other catastrophes built from the sheer avarice of the human race.

If only we would listen.

One of the best tools is the very ecosystems we are destroying. With decades of experience in the field, UNDP is now bringing some of the world’s pioneering ecosystem-based climate change adaptation actions to scale.