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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For Thanh, the six annual tea harvests form the rhythm of family life, having raised her two children among the waist-high tea bushes that carpet the steamy slopes near her home in northern Vietnam’s Yen Bai province.

Today, Thanh is proud of the thick, green leaves her tea bushes produce, stretching in straight rows across her two-hectare plantation. But it wasn’t always this way.

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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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