Costa Rica

Financing Nature-based Solutions is Path to Holistic and Equitable Recovery from Pandemic

Financing Nature-based Solutions is Path to Holistic and Equitable Recovery from Pandemic: COVID recovery and our planet’s repair must be the two sides of the same coin

A Side-Event of the ECOSOC 2021 Financing for Development Forum from the NGO Committee on Financing for Development – Climate Finance Working Group, Co-Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations & the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations

This side-event will showcase climate adaptation finance focusing on nature-based solutions as holistic and greener path to restore well-being of peoples and recovery from COVID-19 pandemic.  Panelists will speak  to their organizational initiative on financing NbS, current initiative, success as well as challenges and gaps. It is the hope of this forum to present recommendations calling all stakeholders to finance a more robust and stronger holistic and greener response to pandemic recovery and protection of nature while addressing the socio-economic aspects. 


  • Introduction & Welcome: Marvie L. Misolas, Lead Organizer 
  • Moderator: Ms. Gail Davis-Carter
  • Keynote Speaker: Ms. Zdenka Piskulich, Executive Director, Costa Rica Por Siempre –
  • H.E. Ambassador Rodrigo A. Carazo, Permanent Representative, Mission of Costa Rica to the UN
  • H. E. Ambassador E. Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative,  Mission of Jamaica to the UN
  • Glaston White,  Director, Half Moon Bay Fishermen’s Cooperative, a Community-based Reef Restoration Initiative in Jamaica 
  • Brandon Hay, Science Officer, Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation
  • Paul Smith,  Adaptation Finance Team Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
  • Martina Dorigo, Program Analyst, Adaptation Fund  


Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Inc., United  Religions Initiative, ManUpCampaign, ListenGive Initiative & The Creators 2020 UN SDGs Arts & Youth Initiative, Global Distribution Advocates, Inc., United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society, Africa Development Interchange Network 

Co-Sponsoring Organizations: Misean Cara, Don Bosco Aid Ireland, Salesian Missions, Inc. 


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit For more For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit

[HLPF virtual lab] Aligning reporting processes: VNRs & international human rights mechanisms

Aligning reporting processes: Voluntary National Reviews and international human rights mechanisms
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in New York are pleased to invite you to a showcase of best practices in aligning VNR reports with reporting to and engagement with the international human rights mechanisms. Speakers will demonstrate how such strategic alignment can lead to concrete benefits such as improved quality of reporting, reduced reporting burdens, increased participatory nature of reporting, and accelerated implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The event will take place on Monday, 13 July, at 8am EDT (New York time) / 2pm CEST (Geneva) / 7pm (GMT +7, Bangkok)
  • Amb. Alexander Marschik (chairperson of the event), Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in New York
  • Francella Strickland, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, International Relations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Samoa
  • Amb. Alejandra Solano Cabalceta, Director General of Foreign Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica
  • Kateryna Levchenko, Government Commissioner for Gender Policy, Ukraine
  • Judith Ekaete Umoh, Secretary, African Disability Forum, Executive Director, FACICP Disability Plus, Nigeria
  • Mahamane Cisse-Gouro, Director, Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
*Followed by an interactive discussion in English