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At the first Conference of Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the GEF Small Grants Programme, implemented by UNDP, launched a “Local to Global Coalitions on Chemicals, Waste and Mercury Management.” The launching event included a ceremony and technical session.  The ceremony included remarks from Xiaofang Zhou, Director of Montreal Protocol Unit at the United Nations ...read more
SGP experience on South-South and Triangular Cooperation featured at event the UN General Assembly 26 September 2017
On Sep 25, 2017, during the last day of the UN General Assembly and as part of the second annual Global Goals week, UNDP, the Republic of Uganda and the UN Office for South-South Cooperation organized the high-level side event 'South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. At the event, the work of SGP on South-South collaboration was ...read more
Community Approaches to Sustainable Land Management and Agroecology Practices 22 September 2017
With the global rise in human population and the status of environmental degradation, accelerating the use of sustainable land management practices at the community level is critical for the future of the planet. For the last two decades, the Small Grants Programme (SGP) has been supporting local communities and indigenous communities in their efforts to restore degraded lands, improve soil ...read more
Six SGP grantees receive the Equator Prize 2017 18 September 2017
Six community and indigenous people organizations supported by the GEF Small Grants Programme were honored yesterday at the Equator Prize award winning ceremony held at the Town Hall Theater in New York during the United Nations General Assembly. Organized by the Equator Initiative and attended by more than 1,500 people, the ceremony recognized 15 outstanding local and indigenous community ...read more
SGP participates at the Snow Leopard Forum 25 August 2017
This week, the leaders of the 12 snow leopard range countries, international organizations, researchers, private sector, and civil society organizations gathered in Bishkek under the invitation of the President of Kyrgyz Republic to reaffirm collective commitment to conserve the majestic snow leopard and its habitat. The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) at UNDP has been a key partner for the ...read more
Recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ key role as environmental stewards 09 August 2017
Today the world celebrates the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples to highlight the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make in the world. This year the theme focuses on the Tenth Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a key milestone for cooperation and solidarity between indigenous peoples and governments. According to the UN, ...read more
Strengthening resilience of the Thongrong community in Bhutan’s Gamri Watershed through the COMDEKS Programme 08 August 2017
The Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative Programme (COMDEKS) was launched in 2011 as the flagship of the Satoyama Initiative, a global effort to promote the sustainable use of natural resources in the landscapes worked in and relied upon by rural communities. Delivered through SGP as one of its partnership programmes, COMDEKS is funded by the Japan ...read more
ICCA-GSI supports the Indigenous Peoples Policy Planning of the Green Climate Fund 07 August 2017
In its role for improving the recognition, support and overall effectiveness of ICCAs, the Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) organized a consultative workshop to create awareness and provide inputs to the initial draft of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) policy of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The workshop was held in Nairobi, ...read more
Protecting endangered sea turtles in Malaysia 12 July 2017
Seven different species of sea turtles – also known as marine turtles – inhabit our oceans. Of these seven, only the green turtle has a stable population in Malaysia. The leatherback turtle is now extinct, and the hawksbill and the olive ridley are in precarious situations, with only a few tens of nests per year.     Thanks to a novel new initiative supported by the Global ...read more
Regional ICCA-GSI Knowledge Sharing & Capacity-building Workshop for Central and West Asia 15 June 2017
11-14 June 2017; Ysyk-Köl Lake, KYRGYZSTAN - In its role for improving the recognition, support and overall effectiveness of ICCAs in at least 26 countries, the Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) organized a regional workshop in Kyrgyzstan for multi-level actors in the Central and West Asia regions. The regional workshop was ...read more