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Daily Updates from Vancouver, Canada. From the 22nd to the 26th of August. The world's environmental challenges have reached a critical juncture, demanding united and urgent action. As nations grapple with the complex interplay of climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, and sustainable development, the 7th GEF Assembly will be a critical opportunity to assess progress towards the 2030 goals of ending pollution and nature loss, combating climate change, and promoting inclusive, locally-led conservation.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit. The GEF is a multilateral financial institution that provides grants and concessional financing to developing countries to address global environmental issues. The GEF Assembly is the highest governing body of the GEF. The Assembly is made up of representatives of all 185 GEF member countries. The first GEF Assembly was held in 1994 in Washington, D.C. Since then, the Assembly has met every four years to review the GEF's work, approve its budget, and make decisions on its strategic direction. In its first 25 years, the GEF has provided more than $21 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $114 billion in co-financing for more than 5,000 projects in 170 countries. These projects have helped to protect the ozone layer, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve biodiversity, and improve land management.
Building on recent diplomatic breakthroughs on biodiversity loss, toxic chemicals, and the high seas, the Assembly will bring together ministers, government officials, business leaders, environmentalists, and other stakeholders from around the world to discuss how to accelerate action on these urgent issues. The Assembly is expected to ratify the Global Biodiversity Framework Fund, a new source of funding for protecting endangered species and their ecosystems globally. It will also consider the report on the Seventh Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund.
The Assembly will feature high-level sessions, roundtables, side events and workshops on integrated responses to global environmental degradation. These discussions will focus on how to better address the interconnected challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, and pollution. Participants will explore ways to scale up and finance sustainable solutions that benefit people and nature. The Assembly will also discuss how to strengthen partnerships for financing sustainable development. This includes mobilizing public and private resources to support projects that address global environmental challenges. Participants will also explore innovative financing mechanisms that can help to close the funding gap for nature.
In addition to the thematic sessions, the Assembly will also hold a number of high-level roundtables on:
  • Closing the nature funding gap and achieving policy coherence
  • Bridging the science and policy nexus for a healthy planet, healthy people
  • Pathways to a net-zero nature positive World
  • Circular solutions for a healthy planet, healthy people
  • Promoting sustainability and resilience in cities
  • Conserving and restoring nature
  • Transforming food systems
  • Learning for results and impact
  • Youth, women, and Indigenous Peoples as stewards of the environment
  • GEF's future with new agreements and emerging themes
  • Building climate resilience and adapting to new realities
  • Cultivating sustainable and resilient landscapes and livelihoods
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  • Dr. Samuel Akinyemi Gabriel

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    Enough of the Climatic big boys and girls stealing Or diverting Climate Finance due to greed, let’s understand that climate change is now everyone’s responsibility and find is needed to really make the required impacts against climate change

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    • Dr. Samuel Akinyemi Gabriel

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      The world needs to understand that we need more youthful interventions as regards fighting climate change, if we don’t close the gap against nature it will close itself on us. #LetswakeupNowOnNature

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      • Samrendra Das

        43 w

        Agree

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        Welcome, let's solve the climate crisis together
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