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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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FOREST EUROPE, PROFOR, GEF Focus on Advancing SFM in Europe [viewed]

world_bank_gef_forests31 March 2015: Across Europe, new publications and projects and ongoing policy discussions are supporting expanded action on sustainable forest management (SFM).

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Forest Management Projects Feature Communities in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

fao_cifor_itto_gef_wb_profor31 March 2015: A number of partnerships, projects and research with regard to forests in Asia and the Pacific have focused on stakeholder engagement, data collection and monitoring, and the sustainable management of forest resources in various countries in the region.

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First GSLEP Meeting Discusses Progress on Snow Leopard Conservation [viewed]

global-snow-leopard26 March 2015: The Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection (GSLEP) Program's Steering Committee convened for the first time to take stock of the progress made on GSLEP Program goals. Pakistan Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan was elected chairman of the Steering Committee of the Program.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day [viewed]

un-water22 March 2015: On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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GEF, UNESCO Promote Sustainable Fishing Gear and Reduce Plastic Waste [viewed]

sgp-unesco23 February 2015: A project to help fishermen eliminate ghost nets and transition to sustainable fishing gear conducted by the Fishermen's Association of Rio Cacheu (APC) in Guinea Bissau, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, has contributed to the reduction of the use of illegal fishing nets in the National Mangrove Park of Cacheu River (PNTC). Also, the campaign ‘No plastic: A small gesture in our hands,' launched in the Island of Príncipe Biosphere Reserve, São Tomé and Príncipe, in February 2014, has helped reduce plastic waste and promote access to drinking water.

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Workshops Reflect on Biodiversity Conservation, Fisheries Management in ABNJ [viewed]

FAO-Common-OceansFebruary 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Common Oceans Program organized two workshops in February on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJs).

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World Bank Approves GEF Grant for Preserving Biodiversity in Panama [viewed]

World Bank - GEF10 February 2015: The World Bank has approved a US$9.59 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) aimed at preserving biodiversity in Panama's Atlantic and Central-Eastern regions. The grant will complement funding from the Government of Panama, municipalities and the private sector to enhance the effectiveness of protected areas (PAs) management and improve the livelihoods of nearly 50,000 Panamanians in rural and indigenous communities.

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GEF/UNDP Small Grants Programme Empowers Community Groups to Protect Ecosystems [viewed]

Smallgrants30 January 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF)/UN Development Programme (UNDP) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has provided direct funding to numerous community groups and organizations worldwide to develop skills, build capacity and undertake projects with the potential to produce global environmental benefits.

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GEF Updates on Sustainable Cities, Deforestation and Food Security Programmes [viewed]

GEF5 January 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released its first updates on three 'integrated approach' programmes focused on: sustainable cities; taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains; and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The updates provide an overview of the history, background and aims of each programme as well as their next steps. Each of the three programmes is expected to submit a Programmatic Framework Document to the 48th GEF Council Meeting in June 2015.

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