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Fourth GEF Assembly
Fourth GEF Assembly

Summary of the Meeting

Monique Barbut, GEF CEO and Graciela Muslera, Minister of Environment, Uruguay, Chair of the fourth GEF Assembly


Daily Highlights
Monday, 24 May - Tuesday, 25 May - Wednesday, 26 May - Thursday, 27 May

Thursday, 27 May
On Thursday 27 May 2010 an event celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) was co-hosted at the Legislative Palace in Montevideo, Uruguay, by the GEF and the Uruguayan Council for International Relations (CURI).

Danilo Astori, Vice President of Uruguay

Monique Barbut, GEF CEO

Graciela Muslera, Minister of Environment, Uruguay, Chair of the fourth GEF Assembly

Wednesday, 26 May
The Fourth Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Assembly convened in the morning in a series of side-events, and in plenary in the afternoon. President José Mujica of Uruguay addressed the plenary, after which constituencies continued presenting their respective positions. Delegates also discussed on the acceptance of Kosovo as a GEF member, adopted a proposal of Amendment to the Instrument for the Establishment of the Restructured GEF and took note of several reports.

José Mujica, President of Uruguay

José Mujica, President of Uruguay, and Graciela Muslera, Minister of Environment, Uruguay, and Chair of the fourth GEF Assembly

Asa Adrae, Sweden

Vanesa Alvarez Franco, Spain

Igor Zotov, Russia

Tuesday, 25 May
The Fourth Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly opened in the morning of 25 May 2010, at the Conrad Hotel, in Punta del Este, Uruguay. During the morning high-level officials and representatives from the 32 GEF constituencies addressed the Assembly. In the afternoon six, roundtable discussions were held on the issues of country ownership over GEF projects and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the GEF.

Danilo Astori, Vice President of Uruguay
Danilo Astori, Vice President of Uruguay and Monique Barbut, GEF CEO and Chairperson
Inger Andersen, incoming World Bank Vice-President for Sustainable Development
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP
Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General,United Nations Industrial Development Organization, (UNIDO)

Monday, 24 May
Civil Society Forum was held on Monday 24 May, featuring a series of panels on: the role of civil society in safeguarding the global environment; local and indigenous communities as guardians of the environment; Latin American experiences with GEF projects; and enhancing partnership with civil society in the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF–5). The GEF Council also met in a closed meeting during the morning and endorsed the results of the Fifth GEF Replenishment.

Maria Leichner, Fundacion ECOS, Jorge Patrone, Vice Minister for Housing, Land Planning and Environment, Uruguay, Monique Barbut, GEF CEO and Chairperson, Faizal Parish, Director of the Global Environment Centre, and Central Focal Point of the GEF NGO Network, Miguel Reynal, Fundación ECOS, Uruguay

Raúl Estrada Oyuela, Academia Argentina del Ambiente, Argentina
Monique Barbut, GEF CEO and Chairperson
Thomas Lovejoy, GEF Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, (STAP), Chair

Related Links
GEF resources
*Fourth GEF Assembly web site
*Fourth GEF Assembly schedule of activities
*Fourth GEF Assembly documents
*GEF web site
*Information on the Fifth GEF Replenishment

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Third GEF Assembly, 29-30 August 2006, Cape Town, South Africa
*IISD RS coverage of the Second GEF Assembly, 16-18 October 2002, Beijing, China
*IISD RS report of the First GEF Assembly, 1-3 April 1998, New Delhi, India
*IISD RS Linkages Update Information on Trade and Finance
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*African Regional Coverage
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