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Seminar “Enhancing Access to Finance for the Nature-Climate-Pollution Nexus – the Role of Global Environmental Facility”

May 23, 2024

The seminar aims to introduce the Global Environment Facility (GEF)  and its role in facilitating access to finance for nature, climate change, and pollution in developing countries through innovation, policy coherence, and partnership including with the private sector, and explores the potential to enhance effective investments and partnerships.


10:30am-11:30am, Thursday May 23, 2024 (Japan Standard Time)


10:30-  Introduction of the seminar (5 min)

Koichi Omori
Senior External Affairs Officer, World Bank Tokyo Office

10:35-  Opening remarks (5 min)

Tsuyoshi Hyokai
GEF Council member, Director for Climate Change and Environmental Issues, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance

10:40-  Japan and GEF (5 min)

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez
CEO and Chairperson, GEF (Video)

10:45-  Presentation “Enhancing Access to Finance for Nature, Climate, and Pollution  – the Role of Global Environmental Facility” (10 min)

Chizuru Aoki
Lead Environmental Specialist, GEF

10:55-  Panel discussion (20 min)

Chizuru Aoki
Lead Environment Specialist, GEF

Hiroki Sato
Senior Policy Coordinator, Biodiversity Policy Division, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment

Kaori Fujita
Senior Editor, Nikkei ESG and Professor of Tohoku University

Moderator: Koichi Omori

11:15-  Q&A (15 min)

11:30 Closing



  • DATE/TIME: 10:30am-11:30am, Thursday May 23, 2024 (JST)
  • FORMAT: Hybrid (pre-registration required for both online and in-person participation)
  • VENUE for in-person participants: World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (Please refer "ACCESS" in RELATED below)
  • WEBEX Webinar information for online participants: Webex link will be sent later to the registered participants.
  • Language: Japanese (without translation into English)
  • CONTACT: Koichi Omori, World Bank Tokyo Office