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Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), GEF 49th Council Meeting and 19th Meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund
and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) Council

19-22 October 2015 | World Bank headquarters, Washington, DC, United States of America


Highlights for Thursday, 22 October 2015

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William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat, Anyaa Vohiri, Co-Chairperson (Liberia), and Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson

On the third and final day of the 49th meeting of the GEF Council, Council members met in Executive Session to consider the Report of the Selection and Review Committee. The Council then agreed that the 52nd Council meeting will be held the week of 22 May 2017. Naoko Ishii was reappointed, by unanimous decision, as CEO and Chairperson of the GEF for a second four-year term; this was followed by many congratulations and affirmations of support.

Specific expressions of support were also heard, for, inter alia: the GEF’s current strategic direction; expansion of the GEF partnership; further innovative reforms of the GEF to meet developing countries’ needs, particularly given competition from other institutions; innovations and reforms introduced during GEF-6, such as RBM and NGIs; and greater focus on Africa, particularly West Africa and the southern African environmental agenda.

Delegates then convened as the 18th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council. In her opening statement, CEO Ishii emphasized the importance of adaptation to the prospective Paris climate agreement and the positive role the LDCF and SCCF have played in implementing adaptation. She stated that the limited number of projects presented to the Council was due to lack of resources and called for further support for the Funds in order to: not lose momentum; close the funding gap; and send a clear signal to the Parties to the UNFCCC ahead of COP 21.

Pledges were made by Switzerland and Finland, amounting to US$2.6 million for the LDCF and US$2.3 million for the SCCF on top of a US transfer of US$26.75 million, received in September 2015, for the LDCF. The Council approved the Work Program comprising two project.

Council Members reviewed and approved Joint Summaries of the Chairs for both the GEF Council meeting and the LDCF/SCCF Council meeting, and CEO Ishii closed the meeting at 1:39 pm.

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William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat, Anyaa Vohiri, Co-Chairperson (Liberia), and Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson

Participants during consideration of the Joint Summary of the Chairs


Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, US

Shaolin Yang, China


Issa Fahiri, Mali

Josceline Wheatley, United Kingdom


Carlos Raúl Delgado, Mexico

Masaaki Lizuka, Japan


Claudia Mordini, Italy

Godwin Gondwe, Zambia


Stefan Schwager, Switzerland

Richard Lesiyampe, Kenya





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