Global Environment Facility Opens Its Seventh Assembly in Vancouver, Canada

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Al-Ain News
Vancouver, Canada
Global Environment Facility Opens Its Seventh Assembly in Vancouver, Canada

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO of the Global Environment Facility, said during the opening session attended by Al-Ain News that the effects of climate change are magnified, and it has become necessary to accelerate the just transition toward clean energy, and to mobilize resources as quickly as possible to help countries achieve their climate goals.

He added that it is important to intensify climate action to achieve the goals of sustainable development by 2030, noting that the Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, which emerged from the 2022 United Nations Conference on Biological Diversity, is an important road map, and through collective action can help save nature.

Rosina Bierbaum, Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the Global Environment Facility, said during her speech at the opening session of the conference that more than half of the global GDP, or about $44 trillion, depends on nature, so we must save it, protect biodiversity, and restore natural habitats.

She added that it is not possible to confront the climate change crisis without trying to slow its impact, so the implementation of solutions must be expedited, especially nature-based solutions.

"It is also necessary to consider the environmental policies that ensure the deterioration of biodiversity is halted and protect local communities from its effects," she added.

In the coming days at the Assembly, the Environment Facility is set to announce the launch of the Global Biodiversity Framework Fund, a new source of financing to protect species and ecosystems globally, after it was selected to manage the new fund at the CBD COP15 summit in December 2022.

The GEF Assembly is held every four years, and this year brings together environmental representatives from 185 countries around the world, including ministers of participating governments, representatives of international organizations, and civil society, with the participation of delegations from indigenous peoples, women and youth.


This story was supported through Internews’ Earth Journalism Network's Reporting Fellowship to the 7th Global Environment Facility Assembly in Vancouver, Canada. It was originally published by Al-Ain News on August 23, 2023 and has been translated from Arabic and lightly edited for length and clarity.

Banner image: The conference's opening session / Credit: Hadeer Elhadary.

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