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.