GEF 56th Council and 26th LDCF-SCCF meetings signal “new way of doing business”

Governments have approved programmes and projects worth almost $1 billion to tackle growing threats to the natural world - and to help some of the Earth's most vulnerable people adapt to climate change - at two consecutive Global Environment Facility (GEF) meetings in Washington DC this week.

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Twenty-seven Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have come together in a bid to manage and eliminate toxic chemicals and waste in some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems under a new initiative announced today in Washington DC.

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New investments to help bring about transformational change in key economic systems

Governments from around the world have agreed a record programme of action aimed at bringing about transformational change around the world to address an unprecedented attack on the Earth's life-support systems.

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CEO Naoko Ishii opens historic GEF Council

Humanity may be facing its “last chance” to save the Earth's natural environment and its own prosperity, Naoko Ishii, the CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) told governments today.

She told the GEF's 56th Council meeting, in Washington DC, that challenges were “becoming bigger and bigger”, but that the world's ability to address them was “also becoming stronger”, presenting “an historic opportunity to come together to make a difference”.

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