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Forty-third Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council

13-15 November 2012 | Washington, DC, United States of America

Highlights for Tuesday, 13 November 2012


On Tuesday, 13 November 2012, Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), opened the 43rd meeting of the GEF Council by underscoring the GEF’s potential and its important role. She outlined three areas of focus for the Council: looking ahead to the future of the GEF; taking decisions to strengthen GEF partnerships; and managing GEF resources prudently and effectively. The Council then elected João Raimundo Lopes (Council member for Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and The Gambia) to Co-Chair the meeting, and proceeded to address a number of agenda items. Council members offered their constituencies’ views on the vision for the GEF 2020, following a keynote address by Francisco Gaetani, Vice-Minister of Environment of Brazil. Braulio Ferreira de Sousa Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, and Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, offered statements, and Thomas Lovejoy, Chairperson of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), offered a report on the STAP’s activities. The Council also discussed relations with the conventions and other international institutions, the proposed framework for a financial mechanism for the future mercury convention and draft operational program for mercury, and financial projections for GEF-5 programming options.

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, speaking during opening session

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Opening



Co-Chair João Raimundo Lopes, Guinea-Bissau
Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson

Francisco Gaetani, Vice-Minister of Environment of Brazil
Aram Harutyunyan, Minister of Nature Protection, Armenia

Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
Paula Caballero, Colombia


Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson and
Co-Chair João Raimundo Lopes, Guinea-Bissau
Josceline Wheatley, United Kingdom

Gilbert Metcalf, US
Kitty Van Der Heijden, Netherlands


Zi Qian Liang, China
Annemarie Watt, Australia

Viktor Martirosjan, Armenia, and José Antonuo González, Peru

Jan McAlpine, Director, UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)
Margarita Perez, Mexico

Braulio Ferreira de Sousa Dias, CBD Executive Secretary
Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Basel,
Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Ludovica Soderini, Italy

Afternoon



Thomas Lovejoy, Chairperson of the
Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP)
Karine Siegwart, Switzerland

William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat
Hem Kumar Pande, India


Robert Dixon, GEF Secretariat
Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat

John Matuszak, US


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GEF resources
*Forty-third Meeting of the GEF Council website and documents
*Forty-third Meeting of the GEF Council provisional annotated agenda
*Thirteenth LDCF/SCCF Council Meeting documents
*Thirteenth LDCF/SCCF Council Meeting provisional annotated agenda

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*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
*IISD RS coverage of the First GEF Assembly, 1-3 April 1998, New Delhi, India
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