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Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation meeting with Civil Society Organization (CSOs), Forty-seventh meeting of the GEF Council, and 17th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) Council

27-30 October 2014 | Washington, DC, United States of America

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Highlights for Tuesday, 28 October 2014
On Tuesday, 28 October 2014, Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), opened the 47th meeting of the GEF Council. She highlighted that, as a result of the GEF’s sixth replenishment (GEF-6) and the fifth Assembly, the Facility has more resources, a strategy that will lift the GEF’s work to new heights, and a strong policy agenda. She stressed that the coming year is critical for the GEF because it will involve: intensive work to reach a climate agreement by the end of 2015; discussions on the post-2015 development agenda; and the first year of implementing GEF-6. She emphasized the need for GEF-6 to get off to a strong start, and said several Council agenda items will help in this regard, including the discussions on results-based management, a new project cancellation policy, and the non-grant instrument pilot. Ishii also emphasized the need for countries to establish their priorities for the new cycle in order to get a strong start on GEF-6, and said this process was already well underway in many countries. Ishii also announced that she has decided to reorganize the GEF Secretariat into two departments: one on programming, and one on policy and operations.

Winston Thompson (Fiji; Council member for Fiji, Cook Islands, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu) was elected as Co-Chair for the 47th meeting of the GEF Council.

The Council proceeded to discuss and adopt decisions on the following agenda items: Results-based Management: Action Plan; Improving the GEF Project Cycle (including an updated cancellation policy and revision of the programmatic approach modality); Report of the Chairperson of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel; Annual Monitoring Review (AMR) FY14: Part I; GEF-6 Non-Grant Instrument Pilot and Updated Policy for Non-Grant Instruments; and Progress Report on the Pilot Accreditation of GEF Project Agencies & Timeline for Further Discussion of Accreditation.

The second day of the three-day meeting is expected to begin with a discussion with the Executive Secretaries of four of the six environmental Conventions served by the GEF.
A view of the opening plenary of the 47th meeting of the GEF Council

 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
 
Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, opened the 47th meeting of the GEF
Council
 
 
William Ehlers, Team Leader, External Affairs, GEF Secretariat
 
Winston Thompson, Fiji, was elected as Co-Chairperson
of the meeting
 
 
   
Participants listening to the opening statement of Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson
   
 
   
Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Director, Policy and Country Relations, GEF Secretariat
   
 
Christina Morales Paralea, Paraguay
Myra Patai, Cook Islands
Laura Palma, Italy
 
Anne Melgaard, Denmark
 
Nasir Khosa, Pakistan
 
Juha Pyykko, Finland
 
Yingming Yang, China
 
Faizal Parish, Central Focal Point, GEF-CSO Network
 
Alimata Kone-Bakayoko, Côte d'Ivoire
 
Stefan Schwager, Switzerland
 
Brennan Van Dyke, UN Environment
Programme (UNEP)
 
Presentation of GEF STAP Report
 
   
L-R: Thomas Hammond, UNEP; Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair; Co-Chair Winston Thompson, Fiji; Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO
and Chairperson; and William Ehlers, Team Leader, External Affairs, GEF Secretariat
   
 
 
Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair
 
Omid Parhizkar, Operation and Business Strategy, GEF
Secretariat
 
 
 
Yasemin Biro, Senior Environmental Specialist, GEF Secretariat
 
Claus Pram Astrup, Advisor to the CEO, GEF Secretariat
 
 
   
David Rodgers, Senior Environmental Specialist, GEF Secretariat
   
 
   
L-R: Anil Sookdeo and Saliha Dobardzic, GEF Secretariat
   
 
 
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*CSOs Consultation Provisional Agenda *47th GEF Council Meeting Documents
*47th GEF Council Meeting Annotated Agenda *17th LDCF/SCCF Council Meeting Documents
*17th LDCF/SCCF Council Meeting Annotated Agenda


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*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth GEF Assembly, 24-28 May 2010, Punta del Este, Uruguay

*IISD RS coverage of the Third GEF Assembly, 29-30 August 2006, Cape Town, South Africa

*IISD RS coverage of the Second GEF Assembly, 16-18 October 2002, Beijing, China

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