Highlights and images of main proceedings for 19 December 2019

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Summary

Highlights for Thursday, 19 December 2019

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, Gillian Guthrie, Co-Chair of the 57th meeting of the GEF Council, and GEF Secretariat staff members review the Joint Summary of the Chairs.

On Thursday morning Council Members approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the GEF Secretariat regarding services to the Adaptation Fund Board, with minor amendments.Council Members selected the topics for discussion during the next GEF Council Consultations with civil society: “The Application of Traditional Knowledge by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, Stewards of the Global Environment," to be discussed at the 58th meeting of the Council in June 2020, and “Enhancing Climate Resilience and the Role of Civil Society, Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples,” to be discussed at the 59th meeting of the Council in December 2020.GEF Council Members also convened as the 27th meeting of the Council of the LDCF/SCCF, and adopted an LDCF Work Program comprising nine projects, with resources amounting to USD 59.95 million for the LDCF, including project grants and Agency fees.During a pledging session for the LDCF, Dirk Wouters, Belgian Ambassador to the US, announced his country’s pledge of EUR 15 million to the Fund for new projects. Council Members from Sweden, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany reaffirmed their governments’ pledges made earlier in 2019.Following approval of the Joint Summary of the Chairs for both the GEF Council and the LDCF/SCCF Council, GEF CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii closed the meeting at 11:52 am. 

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Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, addresses the Council.
Mikko Ollikainen, Adaptation Fund Secretariat
Pilar Barrera Rey, GEF Secretariat
Dirk Wouters, Belgian Ambassador to the US, announces a EUR 15 million pledge to the LDCF.
Tobias Von Platten-Hallermund, Alternate Council Member, Denmark
Anar Mamdani, Council Member, Canada
Marita Olson, Council Member, Sweden
Kordula Mehlhart, Council Member, Germany
Feturi Elisaia, Samoa
Gabrielle Chin, New Zealand
Akhteruzzaman Sano, Chair, GEF-CSO Network
Mazhar Hayat, Alternate Council Member, Pakistan
Council Members listen to a presentation on GEF Agency engagement in the LDCF portfolio.
L-R: Gustavo Fonseca and Chizuru Aoki, GEF Secretariat
Dan Bakoye Chaibou, Council Member, Niger
Aparna Subramani, Council Member, India
L-R: Sabria Bnouni, Council Member, Tunisia, confers with Comlan Awougnon, Council Member, Togo.
Brenda Ciuk Cano, Council Member, Mexico
Manrique Altavista, Alternate Council Member, Argentina
Rob Wing, Alternate Council Member, US
Stefan Schwager, Council Member, Switzerland
Léonardo Puppetto, Council Member, France
Peter Elder, Council Member, Australia
Tigest Tirfe, GEF Secretariat, distributes the Joint Summary of the Chairs to Council Members.
Council Members review the Joint Summary of the Chairs.
Gillian Guthrie, Co-Chair of the 57th meeting of the GEF Council, delivers her closing remarks.
L-R: Gillian Guthrie, Co-Chair of the 57th meeting of the GEF Council; Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; and Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat
Family photo of the 57th meeting of the GEF Council
L-R: Maria Leichner, Vice-Chair, GEF-CSO Network; Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; and Akhteruzzaman Sano, Chair, GEF-CSO Network
Council Members and delegates from the Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador constituency
L-R: Glynis Barber, GEF Secretariat; Asha Bobb Semple, GEF Secretariat; Gillian Guthrie, Co-Chair of the 57th GEF Council meeting; and Aparna Subramani, Council Member, India
L-R: Akhteruzzaman Sano, Chair, GEF-CSO Network; Stefan Schwager, Council Member, Switzerland;
Aparna Subramani, Council Member, India; and Maria Leichner, Vice-Chair, GEF-CSO Network
L-R: ENB team at the 57th meeting of the GEF Council: Keith RipleyWanja NyingiElena KosolapovaDeborah DavenportWiene AndriyanaFranz Dejon, and Herman Chege Njoroge

Participants

Negotiating blocs
European Union