unep-The Opportunity of the Commons

 

 

We know about the “tragedy of the commons”. But how about the opportunity they present? The crisis facing the ultimate global commons – the very conditions that make human civilization and economic prosperity possible – confronts us with the necessity of making our societies and economies more sustainable and less inequitable

 

One who is determined to exploit the opportunity to achieve transformational change is Ms. Naoko Ishii, the CEO and chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). She is starting with her own organization – the world's largest public funder of international programmes to benefit the global environment – aiming to “develop a new way of doing business” through the GEF’s annual $1 billion disbursement to bring about “system change” And she wants to use the momentum of last year's adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and agreement in Paris on combatting climate change to make the green economy a priority for finance ministers.

 

Ishii herself moved from a finance ministry to take on the GEF leadership in 2012, from being Deputy Vice Minister of Finance in Japan and Executive Assistant to its Prime Minister for Global Environmental Finance. She had previously served as the World Bank's Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives and had split a 30-year career between the Japanese Government and international financial institutions. An economist, she has published many papers and two award-winning books.

 

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Welcome to our new partner Ghent University, Department of Green Chemistry and Technology and Department of Environment!

Belgium 16 April 2018. Ghent University, Department of Green Chemistry and Technology and Department of Environment officially joined the members of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP). As part of the accession process, Ghent University submitted the required documents and agreed to abide by the CBFP members’ cooperation framework in promoting sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central Africa.

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Fern: the CBFP’s new partner Welcome to our new member!

Brussels, 08 May 2018: Fern has officially joined the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). As part of the application process, Fern has submitted the required documents and agreed to abide by the CBFP members’ cooperation framework in promoting sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central Africa.

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CBFP Council Meeting draws delegates to Brazzaville (Congo), 1 June 2018

The roadmap of the Kingdom of Belgium Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) adopted, CBFP results-oriented governance underway with report submitted by CBFP college leaders, 4th CBFP Council meeting consolidates gains, enhances credibility of the governance reform and active preparations underway for the 18th Meeting of CBFP  Parties due to take place in Brussels from 27 to 28 November 2018.

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Volume 10 of the Congo Basin’s Scientific and Technical Forest and Environment Review

It is a bi-annual publication (April and October), edited and published by RIFFEAC (Central African Network of Forestry and Environmental Training Institutions).

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FNUF 13-COMIFAC: The Congo Basin makes strong showing at thirteenth session of United Nations Forum on Forests, UN headquarters, Trusteeship Chamber

New-York, 10 May 2018 - The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations in partnership with the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and in close collaboration with the CBFP Facilitation of the Kingdom of Belgium held a high-level side event at the UN Trusteeship alongside UNFF 13. The event was chaired by the Republic of Rwanda, which currently holds the Presidency of the Central African Forest Commission.

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Ofac-Brief: Making legal timber mandatory for public contracts in Central Africa

Studies conducted over a decade in several countries across Central Africa, particularly in Cameroon, Gabon, Congo and in the DRC, have shown that domestic timber markets are growing rapidly and have gained prominence in terms of volumes exported to Europe or Asia.

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AfriquEnvironement-Plus April-May 2018 Edition: Congo Basin Climate commission and Congo Basin Blue Fund now operational

 Following the establishment of COMIFAC in March 1999 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, by the Central African Heads of State, the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the Congo Basin Climate Commission and the Congo Basin Blue Fund held in Brazzaville in late April 2018 ratified the institutionalization agreement of the two instruments. This was not only a true victory, but also a major challenge given that many other sub regional institutions still struggle to operate in their intended capacities.

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UN: Promoting decent work ‘daily challenge’ in fragile countries, UN Labour Summit told

The Central African Republic (CAR) has called on the United Nations labour agency to provide special assistance to the conflict-torn nation and make it a “pilot-country” for the implementation of a programme to build peace and resilience through job creation.

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