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26 May 2020

Poverty-Environment Action held its semi-annual Project Board meeting on 26 May 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Representatives of the Austria, Sweden and the European Union, and of the UNEP Africa and Asia-Pacific Regional Offices, attended the online meeting, joined by Poverty-Environment Action co-managers Anne Juepner, Director of the Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification (GC-RED), and Kerstin Stendahl, Head of UNEP’s Ecosystems Integration Branch. The co-manages briefed the Project Board on the progress made by the 10-countries, US$32 million project, which had been launched in September 2018.

The Board reviewed Horizons of Hope: Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals Annual Progress Report 2019. The report covers efforts in 10 African and Asia-Pacific countries to strengthen integration of poverty, environment and climate objectives into the policies, plans, regulations and investments of partner countries to accelerate delivery of the 2030 Agenda, and offers lessons learned from the first year of implementation of the four-year project.

The Project Board expressed its continued support for Poverty-Environment Action and welcomed its contributions to COVID-19 recovery. Board Members highlighted the need to accelerate implementation of the project and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on project implementation. Support to countries in their COVID-19 recovery efforts should be in line with Poverty-Environment Action’s focus on poverty-environment mainstreaming.