Thegef GEF CEO: double support for sustainable cities proposed

 

 

At the One Planet Summit in Paris today, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, proposed an increase in GEF’s support for sustainable cities.

 

“Going forward, we want to do even more, and I am extremely pleased to tell you that the GEF Secretariat is proposing to double the GEF financial contribution to our cities program for the next four years,” Ishii said. “In collaboration with our network of city based associations, the World Bank and other MDBs, we are aiming to bring 500 more cities into the Global Platform of Sustainable Cities by 2020.”

 

Naoko Ishii was speaking at the Summit session ‘Accelerating local and regional climate action’ which was hosted by Mme Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and C40 Chair.

 

GEF’s current sustainable cities program has already committed over USD $100 million in grants, and mobilized an additional USD $2.4 billion in financing to support city leaders in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

 

The program is taking a two-track approach – both carrying out projects in individual cities, and tying them together into a greater whole through a collaborative global platform where they will exchange knowledge, experience and good practice.

 

Cities already produce four fifths of the world's GDP, consume over two thirds of its energy and emit nearly three-quarters of its greenhouse gases. Fortunately, many cities and their leaders are in the vanguard of combating climate change and implementing sustainable development through such initiatives as the Compact of Mayors, the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI -Local Governments for Sustainability. The GEF is increasingly harnessing that momentum.

 

At the One Planet Summit, Naoko Ishii also spoke at a World Bank event on the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program, where she highlighted the recent approval by the GEF council of a USD $20 million contribution to WACA project. 

 

 

Find out more...

 

Go back

CBFP News

Unsouthsouth: The United Nations QIAO Plan on Climate Change and Nature Conservation

The QIAO Plan aims to identify demand-driven projects that enhances the capacity of developing countries to address climate change and to promote nature conservation. It aspires to provide a catalytic financial grant amount of 13.5 million USD for the next five years to support five small-scale and large-scale multi-year climate adaptation and mitigation projects annually in developing countries and regions, particularly the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the Small Island Developing States (SIDSs), with the aim to strengthen long-term strategies on low-carbon and climate resilient transitions...

Read more …

CMS-“Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation”: WMBD 2018 Theme Highlights New Global Dimension

On 26 October 2017 in the margins of the CMS COP12 in Manila, Environment for the Americas (EFTA), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), announced an innovative partnership to increase awareness of the plight of migratory birds around the world. The new partnership formally unites two of the world’s largest bird education campaigns, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in a bid to strengthen global recognition and appreciation of migratory birds and highlight the urgent need for their conservation. From 2018 onwards, the new joint campaign will adopt the single name of “World Migratory Bird Day” and major events to celebrate the day will be organized twice a year, on the Second Saturday in May and in October.

Read more …

Forest Watch - April 2018

To read: Commission finds that new legislation is needed to tackle deforestation effectively… The Council presses the Commission for a decarbonisation strategy… Everyone agrees: It’s time to talk about meat! Ensuring sustainability is too broad a task for forest certification alone…

Read more …

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Monthly update

On March 8th, to celebrate International Women's Day, women from Bomassa marched through the village during an event organized by the Bomassa Women's Association (AFUBB), followed by a volleyball tournament at the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park headquarters and a round table discussion on Women's Rights, held together with the Park's gender focal point.

Read more …

ITTO-New SFM training modules for practitioners

The conventional concept of sustained yield forest development has recently evolved towards sustainable forest development (SFD) and more broadly, sustainable forest management (SFM).

Read more …

Tourism and Environment: Launch in Rabat of prefiguration studies on Congo Basin Blue Fund

The State Secretariat for Sustainable Development hosted, yesterday in Rabat, a workshop to validate the terms of reference of the prefiguration study on the Congo Basin Blue Fund. A memorandum of understanding was signed by Nezha El Ouafi, Secretary of State for Sustainable Development, and Arlette Sudan Nonault, Minister of Tourism and the Environment of the Republic of the Congo and Technical Coordinator of the Congo Basin Climate Commission, with a view to launching the study.

Read more …

Documents of 3rd Meeting of Partners of the Global Peatlands Initiative

Under the Distinguished Patronage of their Excellencies the Presidents of the two Congos, Denis Sassou Nguesso and Joseph Kabila, the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo jointly organized the 3rd Meeting of Partners of the Global Peatlands Initiative, with the support of UN Environment.

Read more …

Documents of 3rd Meeting of Partners of the Global Peatlands Initiative

The 3rd technical Meeting of Partners of the Global Peatlands Initiative (GPI) opened on Wednesday in Brazzaville, in the presence of the Congolese Minister of Environment and Tourism, Arlette Sudan Nonault, and his counterpart from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Amy Ambotobe Nyongolo.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive

2018

Forest Watch - April 2018