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6 Feb 2020

NEW YORK – Gucci, one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands, has joined The Lion’s Share Fund, a unique initiative raising much-needed funds to tackle the crisis in nature, biodiversity and climate across the globe. 

 

Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses and UN partners, the Fund aims to raise over $100 million per year within the next five years for animal conservation, biodiversity and climate by asking brands to contribute 0.5% of their media spend every time an animal is featured in their advertisements.

 

Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, said: “This partnership with Gucci marks the continuing evolution of this innovative fund, which provides a unique opportunity for brands across all industries to join forces and help preserve and protect biodiversity across the globe. Wildlife populations are half the size they were just 50 years ago, and their habitats and ecosystems are destroyed at an unprecedented rate due to human activity. The Lion’s Share is an idea that is as innovative as it is simple – and it makes a real impact on wildlife conservation."

 

Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci, said: “The Lion’s Share Fund is an important addition to our conservation strategy. Nature and wildlife provide Gucci with inspired creation that is an integral part of our narrative through our collections and campaigns. With the increasing threats to the planet’s biodiversity, groundbreaking initiatives like The Lion’s Share Fund have the potential to be transformative by organically connecting the business community with direct action to protect our natural habitats and most threatened species.” Bizzarri continued “In a similar way, since 2018, Gucci has been totally carbon neutral across our supply chain and we offset our remaining emissions every year through REDD+, which protects critical forests and biodiversity around the world.”

 

Launched in September 2018, the Fund is already having an impact, providing a grant to improve critical radio systems for law enforcement officers protecting wildlife in Mozambique’s Niassa Nature Reserve and helping reduce the elephant poaching rate to zero, and providing a grant to help secure land for endangered orangutans, elephants and tigers in North Sumatra in Indonesia.

 

Animals appear in approximately 20 per cent of all advertisements in the world, yet despite this, animals do not always receive the support they deserve. The Lion’s Share gives brands the opportunity to take urgent and significant action and play their part in protecting our planet.

 

For more information, visit TheLionsShareFund.com.

 

Contact:
Christina Pascual, UNDP: christina.pascual@undp.org    
Claudio Monteverde, GUCCI: claudio.monteverde@gucci.com
Mich Ahern, GUCCI: mich.ahern@gmail.com


18 Dec 2019

New York - The Spotlight Initiative’s Operational Steering Committee has approved €122 million for new investments across 12 countries and programmes in the Caribbean, Central Asia and Pacific regions.

The approved funds will kick-start programmes to end violence against women and girls in Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, and a new regional programme in the Pacific.

new programmes in Central Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Credit: Spotlight Initiative/Koye Adeboye.

The new investments include dedicated funds to strengthen women’s movements and women’s civil society organizations across Central Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Using its integrated programming pillar approach across all three regions, programmes in the Caribbean will address family violence. In Central Asia, investments will respond to sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices, including child marriage.

Ending domestic and intimate partner violence will be the focus of investments in the Pacific region. 

It is estimated that the new programmes will directly impact more than 27 million people across the three regions.

“We welcome the approval of these programmes,” said Deputy Director-General for the European Union Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development Marjeta Jager. “It exemplifies the good collaboration between the UN, the EU, our delegations, Member States and regional institutions, such as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat."

According to UN Director of Sustainable Development Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, “I believe with these investments, we will move the needle significantly to end violence against women and girls.”

With programme funds now approved, UN teams and their national and regional partners will begin implementing programmes that address legislative and policy gaps, strengthen institutions, promote gender-equitable attitudes, provide quality services for survivors, improve data and empower civil society movements to end violence against women and girls.

New country programmes for Afghanistan and Ecuador are under development. Funding was also approved for the Africa regional programme, which will be launched in 2020.

The Spotlight Initiative Operational Steering Committee oversees overall programme implementation, reviews overall performance and approves any revision of the funding portfolio, as required. It is co-chaired by the representative of the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General and Director-General of the European Union DG DEVCO.

Members include directors from UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF, as well as observers from the EU and UN. The UN MPTF Office acts as administrative agent of the Initiative.

Source: Spotlight Initiative.

For media inquiries please contact: 
In New York: Koye Adeboye, +1 646 781 4768, koye.adeboye@un.org


11 Dec 2019

New York – Addressing the Annual Session of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission in New York, Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, made a passionate plea to the international community to urgently support Liberia to ensure the sustenance of peace, democracy, and security. He lamented that the Liberian economy is under immense stress; as prices of major export commodities remain at rock-bottom. 

Ambassador Kemayah stressed the urgent need for support to Liberia in support of the country efforts to consolidate the internationally celebrated peace that Liberia enjoys. He added that Liberia is grateful to all its partners, including the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) that continues to create the platform for Liberia to be heard; and for the country’s priorities to be shared.

Ambassador Kemayah noted that an iconic intervention by the Peacebuilding Commission in Liberia’s peacebuilding priorities was its instrumentality in the establishment and subsequent submission of Liberia’s Peacebuilding Plan, the auspices under which Liberia is opportune to receive the needed assistance from the United Nations and Partners. 

Ambassador Kemayah also made special mention of the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission chaired by His Excellency Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden.

There can never be a mention of the Peacebuilding Commission without a reference to the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission chaired by His Excellency Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden. Ambassador Skoog, and the Government and People of Sweden remain unforgettable assets; more so, when reference is made to the peace Liberia now enjoys. Furthermore, the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) remains a strong pillar; very supportive of Liberia’s peacebuilding initiatives.

Apart from being the only contributor to the Multi-Partner Trust Fund, the Fund established to address the root causes of Liberia’s civil upheaval and administered by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) continues to provide support to national reconciliation activities, land dispute resolution, electoral processes, governance initiatives and institutions, women empowerment, among significant others in Liberia. We appreciate that further assistance is expected for land and decentralization; including Phase II cross-border project with Cote d’Ivoire”, Ambassador Kemayah stressed.

Ambassador Kemayah then encouraged all partners to support the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) as well as to the Government of Liberia Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development; as well as the secretariat of the Mano River Union, which he described as pivotal to ensuring the promotion and sustenance of peace, security, democracy and economic growth and development within the region. 

Speaking in support of Liberia, His Excellency Olof Skoog of Sweden, Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peace Building Commission stressed the need for active support to Liberia’s peacebuilding efforts to build on the gains that have been made.

The Annual Session of the Peacebuilding Commission convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on December 4, 2019.

Source: Front Page Africa


3 Dec 2019

15-million-euro contribution to CAFI Fund expected to strengthen multi stakeholder processes and the EU FLEGT Action plan in the sub region.

3 December 2019.  As part of growing commitments from donors to Central African forests and people, matching growing concern about accelerating forest loss of Earth’s second lung, the  European Commission signed a 15 million euros (16 million US dollars approximately) funding agreement to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) Trust Fund, administered by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office. 

Through this funding, the EU’s goal seeks to support and monitor the effective implementation of key national policy reforms and programs in all sectors affecting Central African forests. In the short term, this means mobilizing funding and engage policy makers, stakeholders, communities, and people on key policy reforms in key sectors affecting Central African forests, notably on forest governance and legality, land use planning and zero-deforestation agriculture.

In line with CAFI’s vison, the EU contribution will help the CAFI partner countries develop and implement national, ambitious and holistic REDD+, or Climate and Forests Investment plans that align with countries development plans, and encourage and sustain high-level leadership and cross sectoral engagement for their implementation.

Building on its experience in forest governance through FLEGT- VPA processes, the EU contribution will also complement, contextualize and strengthen the effectiveness of its  EU FLEGT 2018- 2022 workplan in the sub-region, including actions to improve forest governance and timber legality in general. Through strengthening forest governance and promoting a sustainable and legal timber value chain, the EU support to CAFI will contribute to job creation, sustainable forest management and climate change action.

Finally, the EU contribution will allow for the enhanced engagement of all stakeholders, including the private sector.

This support contributes to SDGs 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15 and 17, the Paris Agreement as well the Prosperity, Planet and Peace components of the European Consensus on Development. Through CAFI, the EU contribution will provide political, technical and financial incentives to support Central African governments in making policy choices that contribute to preserving their forests while developing and diversifying their economies towards increased prosperity and sustainability.

 

Background about Central Africa and CAFI

Even though the rate of net forest loss has been cut by over 50 percent globally, forest loss continues to increase in Central Africa. Central African countries have set ambitious targets for emergence that rely mainly on the contribution of agroindustry and the extractive sector for economic growth. Both of these sectors are competing with forests for land. Destroying forests is not a viable option to lift Central African countries out of poverty – quite the contrary. Forest destruction, although profitable in the short term for a handful of actors, will lead to major negative consequences locally (loss of habitat and wildlife, water cycle disruptions, loss of livelihoods), regionally (desertification, displacement of populations, disruptions in precipitation) and globally (climate change).

CAFI aims to provide large-scale holistic support, leverage multi-donors and multi-agencies partnerships and galvanise political commitments in Central African countries at the highest level. CAFI utilises an integrated and comprehensive programming approach to support Central African countries to deliver meaningful and sustainable policy reforms on the ground and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. To be transformative, the Initiative must be matched by equally ambitious political action and resources to ensure sustainability of the Initiative’s results and contributions. CAFI addresses gaps in existing bilateral support and aims to make a real and lasting difference for the people and forests of Central Africa.


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