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The 22nd Convention for the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in Marrakech, Morocco, between November 7th and 18th.  This was the first COP to follow the entry into force of the Paris Agreement.  As such,  the meeting opened with a note of hope under the theme of action and implementation. Official negotiations yielded a timeframe for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

In the meantime, hundreds of side events and exhibits brought together  climate experts from all over the world and sectors, including scientists, civil society, governments, and the private sector, to discuss in more detail the innovations required to help achieve the ambitious... Read More

Over the past two decades, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) has supported the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in delivering its mission “…to assist in the protection of the global environment”, and promote “environmentally sound and sustainable economic development.” The Panel is supported by a Secretariat which is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). STAP’s goal is to assist the GEF partnership in delivering on it’s mission by leveraging knowledge and science on the global environment and sustainability. STAP advises the GEF on ways to advance a better understanding of the global environment and development, and how to address them. STAP provides a forum for integrating... Read More

STAP members gathered at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, 23-27 May 2016. STAP had the opportunity to share on-going work with UNEP staff, and benefit from their input. Discussion topics included: wildlife conservation and the role of local communities, areas beyond national jurisdiction, source to sea, planning for resilience, climate adaptation, decarbonizing the global economy, sustainable management of plastics and green chemistry. Based on these discussions, STAP began to scope possible key themes for the GEF’s upcoming funding cycle, 2018-2022. In the next few months, STAP will continue to brainstorm on the environmental development priorities for the GEF’s work.

STAP’s gathering was held in parallel to the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). STAP took advantage of this important gathering by... Read More

STAP attended two days of the Seventeenth Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) which convened at the UN Headquarters in New York from 13-17 June 2016. The meeting brought together representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions to examine the topic of marine debris, plastics and microplastics.  Lev Neretin, of the STAP Secretariat, and Daniela Russo, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Think Beyond Plastic, addressed the ICP-17 at a side event co-organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)... Read More

(Negombo, Sri Lanka) May 15th 2016: The Eighth GEF Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC-8) concludedon May 15th 2016 in Negombo, western Sri Lanka. Participants coming from over 80 countries met at the IWC8 to share lessons from 70... Read More