The Global Environment Facility set up the new multilateral fund with key initial investments from Canada and the U.K.
Negotiators reached the 30% by 2030 or "30 by 30" deal – which would improve on the 17% of land and 10% of water now protected – just as the almost two-week United Nations Biodiversity Conference, or COP15, was due to end.
U.N. Environment's Executive Director Inger Andersen described the nearly two-week summit as "a moment in which we need to agree on a plan to secure our life-support system, to make peace with nature" by preserving life's rich diversity.
Diplomats, experts and international organizations are negotiating a new treaty aimed at protecting the rich biodiversity of open oceans against commercial pressures.
A U.S.-North Korea summit could expand a little-known aspect of a tightly controlled and secretive nation: North Korea's extensive involvement with international organizations.