Highlights and images of main proceedings for 25 June 2018

Viet Nam

Summary

Highlights for Monday, 25 June 2018

Participants during the afternoon plenary

The 54th meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) met for a second day on Monday, 25 June 2018, in Da Nang, Viet Nam. In the morning, participants heard presentations from the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) on upcoming work by the Panel, and by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) on the Semi-Annual Evaluation Report: June 2018.In the afternoon, the Council heard reports from Rossana Silva Repetto, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention on Mercury, and Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, on the role of the GEF in supporting the implementation of both conventions’ activities.Monday’s other highlights included:

  • The approval of the GEF Trust Fund Work Programme to the tune of US$63.4 million;
  • The approval of the IEO budget of US$4.571 million;
  • Discussions concerning the GEF’s relations with the conventions and other international institutions;
  • The approval of an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the GEF and the UNCCD COP on countries experiencing serious droughts and/or desertification, particularly Africa;
  • The approval of decisions related to the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Private Sector Advisory Group, ToR for, and Membership of, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Governance, and updating the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR);
  • Discussions on the implementation arrangements for the GEF Small Grants Programme under the GEF-7 replenishment; and
  • Discussions on the effect of the diminished replenishment to multilateral environmental agreements for which the GEF serves as a financial mechanism.
  • IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, is providing daily photo and video coverage, and will produce a summary report from the GEF Council Consultation Meeting with CSOs, 54th GEF Council Meeting, 24th Meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council, and 6th GEF Assembly.

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    Morning Plenary

    GEF CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii
    Rosina Bierbaum, Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP)
    Mariline Diara, Senegal
    Stefan Schwager, Switzerland
    A view of the dais during the morning plenary
    François-Xavier Duporge, France
    Paul Ralison, Madagascar
    GEF CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii consulting with Gustavo Fonseca and William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat
    Juha Uitto, Director, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO)
    A room view during the morning session
    Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat
    Afternoon Plenary
    Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
    Rossana Silva Repetto, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention on Mercury
    A view of the dais during the afternoon plenary
    Lauren Naville Gisnås, Norway
    Jan Petter Borring, Norway
    Around the Venue