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GEF-supported Good Growth Conference takes place in Peru, May 13-17, 2019

Peru has strengthened its credentials as one of Latin America’s most sustainable countries by becoming the first nation to host the GEF supported, UNDP-led Good Growth Conference, which started in Lima on Monday (13th) and continued into the Amazon this week.

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Naoko Ishii, Monday May 6, 2019

The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES, sends a crystal-clear message about life on Earth, and what we stand to lose if we don’t act now.

The report paints an alarming picture of species extinctions, wildlife population declines, habitat loss and depletion of ecosystem services − adding to the existing wealth of evidence that we are degrading our global commons at a dramatic and unsustainable rate.

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The 2019 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions take place in Geneva, Switzerland from April 29 to May 10.

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In biodiversity-rich Madagascar, which is also one of the poorest countries in the world, an inclusive country-driven dialogue sets the stage for a strong commitment to environmental protection and transformational change.

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The International Day of Forests, which is celebrated globally on March 21, is an opportunity to remember the critical importance of forests for human and planet health.

Despite growing efforts to protect the forests, they continue to decline under the pressure of human population growth and competing needs for land. Over the past 25 years, the extent of the world’s forests has declined by about 3%. Business as usual isn’t enough and innovative approaches are both necessary and urgent to reverse this trend.

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“Whoever you are, wherever you are – water is your human right.” The message behind the UN World Water Day 2019 campaign may seem obvious, yet about one out of ten people globally still lack access to drinking water, and one out of three people lack access to improved sanitation and adequate hygiene provision.

Environmental degradation, climate change, population growth, conflict and migration aggravate the water crisis, hitting the most vulnerable groups the hardest, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

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One of the world’s most vital ecosystems is set to take a step closer to a sustainable future, with the announcement of a US$63-million programme to stabilize forest cover, peatlands, and wildlife populations across the Congo Basin.

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On March 11, a group of policy makers, implementation partners and donor partners, met to align on their priorities and strategies for mini-grid market development, and to accelerate the implementation of mini-grid projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Summit explored mini-grid cost reduction pathways and business models, as well as providing a forum for the attendees to exchange best practices and lessons learned from their experiences with mini-grids in Africa.

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Unsustainable food systems are threatening human health and environmental sustainability. We need to change the way we farm—and our diets.

There are more of us, we’re getting wealthier, and we’re demanding more protein-rich foods, such as meat. In the long run, this is simply not sustainable.

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Inclusive dialogue with stakeholders is increasing country ownership and helping to enhance the impact of programming in GEF’s new four-year funding cycle, known as GEF-7.

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