Highlights and images for 25 May 2017

United States of America


On Thursday morning, the Council considered other business. On social and environmental safeguards, several Council members stressed the importance of having a codified set of guidelines and policies in a single document. The Council adopted a decision requesting the Secretariat to prepare a plan to review the GEF’s Social and Environmental Safeguards. The Council also requested the Secretariat to present a plan to review the GEF’s Fiduciary Standards.

Participants then convened for the 22nd meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) and considered: a progress report, Annual Monitoring Review for fiscal year 2016, 2016 Annual Evaluation Report of the Funds, the program evaluation of the SCCF and management response, as well as work programs and budgets for 2018.

At the end of the session, Council members received a draft Joint Summary of the Co-Chairs for the GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF Council meetings, both of which included the decisions they had adopted during the meetings. The Council adopted both the Joint Summary of the Chairs for the 52nd meeting of the GEF Council and 22nd meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council.

In closing, Co-Chair Philipp Knill thanked participants for their spirit of collaboration. GEF CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii thanked Council members and CSO representatives for their input and a rich discussion, and closed the meeting at 12:22 pm.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage from the GEF Council Consultation Meeting with CSOs. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, has produced a summary report from the 52nd GEF Council Meeting and 22nd Meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council, which is abailable in HTML and PDF.

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Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, Philipp Knill, Council Co-Chair, and William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson

Council member Antoinette Macumi, Burundi

Delegates during the session

Council member Majid Bizmark and alternate Council member Abbas Golriz, Iran

Council members Peter Wisner, US, and Josceline Wheatley, UK

A view of the room during the LDCF/SCCF Council Meeting

Gebru Jember Endalew, Ethiopia, speaking for the LDC Group

Anna Birgitta Viggh, IEO

Marita Olson, Sweden

Alternate Council member Ayelen Maria Ghersi, Argentina

A view of the room

Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat (right), presenting during the LDCF/SCCF Council meeting

Delegates reviewing the documents

Council member Hla Maung Thien, Myanmar

Council member Merete Villum Pedersen, Denmark

Applause following the conclusion of the GEF


Negotiating blocs
Least Developed Countries