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The fifth day of the RCP at UNFCCC COP21, took place on Saturday, 5 December 2015, in Paris, France, and was hosted by the GEF. Aiming to highlight the synergies achievable between the three Rio Conventions that GEF serves as a financial mechanism for, the day covered: the GEF Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) programmes to promote new, innovative ways to tackle drivers of global environmental degradation; the facilitation of synergies across the conventions to further sustainable development; and, civil society engagement with the GEF.

Three sessions were convened. The first was titled ‘Integrated approaches to food security, sustainable cities, and commodity supply chains: tackling major drivers of environmental degradation for mitigation and adaptation at scale.’ Following presentations providing an overview of the IAP, participants heard from three countries - Côte d’Ivoire, Indonesia, and Uganda - on their experiences with IAP projects thus far.

The second session, on ‘Facilitating synergies for sustainable development: multilateral environmental agreements and the GEF,’ highlighted opportunities for promoting collaborative approaches to address the Rio Conventions, with many speakers underscoring that the SDGs are well-placed to be a support mechanism for this.

The penultimate session was a ‘GEF special event: a dialogue between the GEF CEO and civil society organizations (CSOs),’ during which CSOs had the opportunity to pose questions and seek clarification, inter alia, on how to access support from the GEF, the GEF SGP, and how CSOs can enhance networking in the GEF-CSO Network to share best practices.

The day closed with a book launch of, ‘Visions 2100: Stories from Your Future.’ Outlining the need for a positive, optimistic vision of the future to inspire serious environmental and climate change action, the author introduced four contributors who shared their visions for 2100. The launch was followed by a reception.


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Synergies Day

Integrated Approaches to Food Security, Sustainable Cities and Commodity Supply Chains:
Tackling Major Drivers of Environmental Degradation for Mitigation and Adaptation at Scale

Mohamed Bakarr, GEF, introduced GEF Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) programmes


Xueman Wang, World Bank

Bertrand Reysset, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)


David McCauley, WWF

Iain Henderson, UNEP

 



L-R: Stephen Muwaya, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Uganda; Putera Parthama, Ministry of
Environment and Forestry, Indonesia; and Alimata Kone Bakayoko, Ministry of Economy and Finances, Côte d’Ivoire


Stephen Muwaya, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Uganda

Alimata Kone Bakayoko, Ministry of Economy and Finances, Côte d’Ivoire

Putera Parthama, Ministry of
Environment and Forestry, Indonesia


Chizuru Aoki, GEF


Facilitating Synergies for Sustainable Development:
Multilateral Environmental Agreements and GEF

L-R: Chizuru Aoki, GEF; David Ainsworth, CBD Secretariat; Markus Repnik, Managing Director, Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD; Niclas Svenningsen, UNFCCC; Rose Mukankomeje, Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority; Frank Schroeder, Senior Advisor on Climate Finance, UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team; and, Gustavo Fonseca, Director of Programs, GEF


David Ainsworth, CBD Secretariat

Rose Mukankomeje, Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority


Frank Schroeder, Senior Advisor on Climate Finance, UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team

Markus Repnik, Managing Director, GM of the UNCCD


Niclas Svenningsen, UNFCCC

Gustavo Fonseca, Director of Programs, GEF



GEF Special Event: A Dialogue Between the GEF CEO and Civil Society Organizations

Ramón Cruz, The Institute for Trasportation and Development Policy (ITDP), shared 'CommunitiesConnect,' as a space for
communities involved in the GEF-CSO Network to share experiences


Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chaiperson, GEF


Delfin Ganapin, Global Manager, GEF SGP

Ramón Cruz, ITDP


Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chaiperson, GEF, in an interactive dialogue with civil society


Book Launch: Visions 2100: Stories from Your Future


Participants at the book launch of 'Visions 2100: Stories from Your Future'


John O'Brien, Author, 'Visions 2100: Stories from Your Future''


Rohan Hamden, Rohan Hamden and Associates

John Gibbons, ThinkOrSwim


Claus Astrup. GEF

Dessima Williams, Former Ambassador of Grenada to the UN


L-R: John Gibbons, ThinkOrSwim; Claus Astrup, GEF; Dessima Williams, Former Ambassador of Grenada to the UN;
Rohan Hamden, Rohan Hamden and Associates; and John O'Brien, Author, 'Visions 2100: Stories from Your Future'



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