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Da Nang set to host Global Environment Facility Assembly

Released at: 16:34, 20/06/2018

Da Nang set to host Global Environment Facility Assembly

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Key global gathering on environment being held on June 27-28.

by Linh San

Heads of State and government, ministers, heads of UN agencies, leading businesspeople, academics, and NGO leaders will meet in Da Nang on June 27 and 28 for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly.

The Assembly, one of the most significant global gatherings of the year on the environment, follows a record $4.1 billion replenishment by governments of the GEF’s trust fund and is testament to its growing influence and effectiveness in bringing about sustainable development around the world and safeguarding its global commons.

CEO and Chairperson Ms. Naoko Ishii called the gathering a unique opportunity to help make a safer, more secure and more livable planet. “Business as usual will guarantee disaster; incremental change will not suffice,” she said. “The only solution is transformational change. We need to transform food, urban, and energy systems, and move to a circular economy. We need to act swiftly, and at scale - and that’s just what the GEF intends to do.”

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who will deliver the welcome address at the Opening Ceremony on June 27, said the Assembly “is an occasion for nations as well as individuals to join hands and to act to realize our shared aspirations for a ‘resilient, sustainable and life-affirming planet’.”

Ms. Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands, and Mr. David A. Grainger, President of Guyana, will speak at plenary sessions, as will Ms. Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and Mr. José Maria Figueres, former President of Costa Rica.

They will be joined by environment ministers from around the world and leaders of UN agencies and multilateral financial institutions.

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, and Sunny Verghese, CEO of Olam International, are among the business leaders attending. Scientists include Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, while NGO leaders include Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, and Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40.

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