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Saturday, May 18, 2013

GEF Looking Forward tackles ‘Managing the Planet’

George Mason University and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s of Brazil Institute and Environmental Change and Security Programme have teamed up for a dialogue on “Managing the Planet” on “The GEF Looking Forward.”

NaijaAgroNet gathered that the event slated for Monday, May 20th, 2013 at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 6th Floor Auditorium would have an introductory remarks: Blair Ruble, Director, Global Sustainability and Resilience Programme, Wilson Center

Also the dialogue would feature Naoko Ishii, the CEO and chairperson, Global Environment Facility, while the moderator would be Prof. Thomas E. Lovejoy, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, member of the Brazil Institute Advisory Board, and Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the GEF.

The largest funder of biodiversity and climate change related projects, the Global Environmental Facility was created to assist developing countries to meet obligations under global environmental agreements initiated at the 1992 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, including the (U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS).

The GEF is the largest funder of projects in developing countries to protect the global environment. Since 1991, the GEF has provided $11.5 billion in grants to 3,215 projects in 165 countries, leveraging an additional $57 billion in co-financing.

Dr. Naoko Ishii, who was appointed as the new GEF CEO and Chairperson over the summer, will share her thoughts on where the GEF is headed under her leadership. Before taking over the GEF, Dr. Ishii was Japan’s Deputy Vice Minister of Finance and the Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister for Global Environmental Finance. Dr. Ishii will bring new ideas and approaches to international development.

NaijaAgroNet recalls that the “Managing the Planet” seminar series – developed jointly by George Mason University and the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute and Environmental Change and Security Programme – addresses planetary-scale problems and solutions.

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