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Forty-second Meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council (GEF)

5-7 June 2012 | Washington, DC, United States of America

Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), opened the 42nd meeting of the GEF Council on 5 June 2012. She underscored that the Council, which is meeting from 5-7 June 2012, at World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC, US, would deliberate on many important topics, including a new work program for US$667.26 million in GEF project grants in 22 of the 33 fifth GEF replenishment (GEF-5) goals. Noting that this Council would be her last as CEO, she thanked Council members for their support in reforming the GEF.

The GEF Council also heard messages from four Convention Secretariats. James Willis, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, reported on the results of the 2011 Conferences of the Parties (COPs), and steps taken to implement their decisions regarding synergies, including the integration of the three Secretariats. He said the Bureaus had just finalized their agreement to hold their next COPs back-to-back in 2013, and underscored such actions will bring millions in cost savings that will be used for technical assistance to Parties instead. Paul Horwitz, Deputy Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat, noted decisions by the Montreal Protocol Meeting of Parties (MOP) on scientific panels, destruction technologies and controls on hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and discussion of possible Protocol coverage of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Alejandro Kilpatrick, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, on behalf of Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, outlined the results of the Durban COP and its guidance given to the GEF on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and on support for adaptation, deforestation and capacity-building projects. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), discussed the UNCCD's reporting system, called the Performance Review and Assessment of Implementation System (PRAIS). He said the last reporting exercise was supported by the GEF, although fewer than 50% of countries have requested the available financial support, and emphasized a role for capacity building in improving this situation.

Thomas Lovejoy, Chairperson of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), reported on the STAP's activities and highlighted, inter alia, an advisory project regarding experimental project designs, which seeks to identify how capacity building can be increased in the process of implementing GEF projects.

The Council then turned to a number of agenda items, including relations with the Conventions and other international institutions, the annual performance report, the 2012 annual country portfolio evaluation report and management response, the work program and budget of the GEF Evaluation Office, and broadening the GEF Partnership.
Group Photo
Council members posed for a group photo after the day's meeting.
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Paul Akiwumi, Monique Barbut and Jozef Buys

L-R: Council Secretary Paul Akiwumi, GEF CEO and Chairperson Monique Barbut and 42nd GEF Council Co-Chair Jozef Buys, Belgium

Monique Barbut
Monique Barbut, CEO and Chairperson, GEF
Karine Siegwart
Karine Siegwart, Switzerland
Reginald Hernaus
Reginald Hernaus, Netherlands
Paul Samson
Paul Samson, Canada
Jozef Buys
Co-Chair Jozef Buys, Belgium
James Willis
James Willis, Joint Executive Secretary of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions
Paul Horwitz
Paul Horwitz, Deputy Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat
Gregoire Nkeoua
Gregoire Nkeoua, Congo
Alejandro Kilpatrick
Alejandro Kilpatrick, UNFCCC Secretariat
Ramesh Ramankutty
Ramesh Ramankutty, GEF Secretariat
Luc Gnacadja
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, UNCCD
Ahmadou Toure
Ahmadou Toure, Guinea
Belgian chocolates

Newly-elected Co-Chair Jozef Buys, Belgium, provided Belgian chocolates for participants.

William Ehlers
William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat
Kazi Aminul Islam
Kazi Aminul Islam, Bangladesh
Paula Caballero
Paula Caballero, Colombia
Faizal Parish
Faizal Parish, Director, GEF-NGO Network
Thomas Lovejoy, GEF-STAP
Thomas Lovejoy, Chair, GEF-STAP
Josceline Wheatley
Josceline Wheatley, United Kingdom
Martin Alegria
Martin Alegria, Belize
Robert van den Berg
Robert van den Berg, Director, GEF Evaluation Office
Jinkang Wu
Wu Jinkang, China
Paul Hofseth
Paul Hofseth, Norway
Alain Damais
Alain Damais, France
Hideaki Imamura
Hideaki Imamura, Japan
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GEF resources
*Forty-second meeting of the GEF Council documents
*Forty-second meeting of the GEF Council provisional annotated agenda

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