More than 1,500 delegates have arrived and will be arriving at the Ariyana Convention Centre in Danang, Vietnam â€“ managed by the Furama Resort Danang â€“ to attend The Sixth Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly and Associated Meetings, which began on June 23 and will conclude this Friday.
The GEF Assembly, set up to help tackle pressing environmental problems, is held every four years. It brings together environment ministers and other senior officials from its 183 member countries, along with heads of UN agencies, regional development backs, civil society organisations and business leaders to share ideas, solutions and action needed to protect the global environment.
The GEF Assembly and Associated Meetings were preceded by The Constituency Meeting and Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel Meeting on June 23. Following that are the 54th GEF Council Meeting from June 24 to 26, and both the 24thÂ Least Developed Countries Fund/Special Climate Change Fund Council Meeting and a Civil Society Forum on June 26.
Visits to GEF projects surrounding Danang will take place on June 29.
Matthias Wiesmann, general manager of Furama Resort Danang, shared that the experience garnered from hosting the APEC 2017 Summit helped his team to prepare for the 6th GEF Assembly and Associated Meetings over the course of several months.
Wiesmann added that the Ariyana Convention Centre has also implemented green activities in light of the meeting. For instance, the centre opts for locally-sourced meals, provides water stations instead of bottled water, and minimises the energy and its carbon footprint emission.
Vietnam was one of the earliest members of the GEF, joining on December 5, 1994.