Highlights and images for 29 November 2017

United States of America


On Wednesday, 29 November 2017, the GEF Council considered the proposed November 2017 Work Program, which includes: 83 full-sized projects; one programmatic approach; 101 recipient countries; 38 least developed countries (LDCs) and 28 Small Island Developing States (SIDS); and US$2.6 billion in co-financing. The GEF Secretariat reported that 76% of total original GEF-6 resources, 94% of revised GEF-6 resources, 92% of LDCs/SIDS allocations, and 82% of STAR Adjusted allocations for all other countries have been programmed.

During discussion, Council members supported elements of the Work Program and commended the Secretariat’s efforts in balancing geographical and focal area distribution of the projects. Noting that three of 18 entities, namely, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Bank, were allocated over 60% of programming, many Council members called for balanced inclusion of all Accredited Entities. Council members also discussed the level of private sector co-financing, enhancing cooperation with multilateral development banks (MDBs), and increasing investment in the work of the GEF. At the conclusion of the discussion, the Council approved the Work Program, subject to the comments made during the Council meeting and pending further submissions by Constituencies.

Additional agenda items discussed on the second day of the three-day Council meeting included: Rationale and Plan to Review GEF's Fiduciary Standards; Updated Policy on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Council Members, Alternates, and Advisers; Relations with the Conventions and Other International Institutions; Non-Grant Instruments: Experience of the GEF Partnership; Plan to Review GEF’s Social and Environmental Safeguards; and the CEO Report on the Status of GEF-7 Replenishment. The GEF Council also held a dialogue with the heads of the Secretariats of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Minamata Convention on Mercury.​

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage and a summary report from the GEF Council Consultation Meeting with CSOs, the 53rd GEF Council Meeting, and the 23rd Meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council. The summary report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Council member Paul Ralison, Madagascar

Council member Mitchell Silk, US

Alternate Council member Carola van Rijnsoever, Netherlands

Council member Abdul Bakarr Salim, Sierra Leone

Participants during the session

Council member Zhongjing Wang, China

Alternate Council member Carola van Rijnsoever, Netherlands, Council member Nuritdin Inamov, Russian Federation, and Council member Esther Sanz Gonzalez, Spain

Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat, presents the GEF Work Program

Alternate Council member Mapa Patharina M.P.D.U.K., Sri Lanka

Alternate Council member Francois-Xavier Duporge, France

Council member Peter Elder, Australia, and Council Co-Chair Jane Chigiyal, Federated States of Micronesia

Council members Jozef Buys, Belgium

Council member Marita Olson, Sweden

Council member Aparna Subramani, India


Robert Bisset and Patrizia Cocca, GEF Secretariat

Council member Marcia Levaggi, Argentina

Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator of the Interim Secretariat of the Minimata Convention

Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions

View of the dais during the discussions

Melchiade Bukuru, Chief of UN Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) Liaison Office

Amy Fraenkel, Director, Mainstreaming, Cooperation and Outreach Division, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat

A view of the dais during the discussion on non-grant instruments

David Rodgers, GEF Secretariat (left)

Kenneth Lay, former Vice-President of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Lisa Pharoah, Rare

Ryan Alexander, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Andrey Shlyakhtenko, International Finance Corporation (IFC) (center)