The second day of the 50th meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council began with a briefing by Rosina Bierbaum, Chair, Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP). Bierbaum, inter alia, addressed selected areas of work, including: the Mercury Platform focusing on mercury concentrations in fish; the Green Chemistry holistic approach to curtailing marine litter from plastics; areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ); wildlife trade; and a knowledge management system that can capture replicable lessons and best practices. Bierbaum outlined STAP’s engagement with the Rio Conventions, and presented STAP’s vision of the GEF going forward, recommending that: environmental degradation be handled in a more integrated and holistic way; sustainable development be at the core of GEF interventions; and the GEF continue to be catalytic and innovative while actively seeking to effect permanent and transformational change.
During the morning, the GEF Council also discussed the Semi-Annual Evaluation Report June 2016, the Sixth Overall Performance Study (OPS6) Approach Paper and the Evaluation of the GEF-CSO Network.
At the beginning of their afternoon deliberations, the Council discussed relations with the conventions and other international institutions, with presentations by the Executive Secretaries from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as well as the Principal Coordinator of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
The Council concluded the day with a review of the proposed Work Program for the GEF Trust Fund, which includes 38 project concepts and five programmatic frameworks. The total resources proposed in the Work Program amount to US$449.7 million. Council deferred the final decision on the Work Program until Thursday.
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Report of the Chairperson of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP)
View of the STAP presentation
L-R: Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; Co-Chair Caroline Leclerc, Canada; and William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat
L-R: Thomas Hammond, STAP Secretary and Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair
L-R: Francisco Grahammer, Carlo Carugi and Juha Uitto, Independent Evaluation Office (IEO)
L-R: Baljit Wadhwa and Juha Uitto, IEO
IEO presentation on the evaluation of the GEF-CSO Nework
Daniel Reifsnyder, US
Carlos Raul Delgado, Mexico
Mohamed Abdel Raouf, GEF-CSO Network West Asia
Relations with the Conventions and other International Institutions
L-R: Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator of the
on Mercury; Braulio Ferreira de Souza Diaz, Executive Secretary,
on Biological Diversity (CBD); Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; Co-Chair Caroline Leclerc, Canada;
and Monique Barbut, Executive
Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Video message by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Monique Barbut, Executive
Nuritdin Inamov, Russian Federation
Maasaki Iizuka, Japan
L-R: Claude Gascon and Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat
Samuel Germain, Germany
GEF50 Council members and alternates