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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 Wednesday, 14 November 2012


On Wednesday, 14 November 2012, the 43rd meeting of the GEF Council discussed agenda items on, inter alia: progress report from the Director of the GEF Evaluation Office; annual thematic evaluations report 2012 and management report; annual impact report 2012 and management response; accreditation process for GEF project agencies; and the work program. They also received a briefing on the proposed process for the GEF-6 replenishment.

After hours of debate, the Council members adopted a decision on streamlining of the project cycle that also raises the ceiling on medium-sized projects, subject to streamlined procedures, to US$2 million. A lengthy debate on financial projections for GEF-5 programming options to deal with funding shortfalls did not result in a consensus and Council will return to this discussion on Thursday.

GEF Council members consult on proposed draft decision on financial projections for GEF-5 programming options

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Morning Sessions


L-R: Robert van den Berg, Director, GEF Evaluation Office; Sekou Toure, GEF Secretariat; Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; Co-Chair João Raimundo Lopes, Guinea-Bissau; and Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat

L-R: Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; Co-Chair João Raimundo Lopes, Guinea-Bissau; and Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat
Robert van den Berg, Director, GEF Evaluation Office

Anna Viggh, GEF Evaluation Office
Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, and Co-Chair João Raimundo Lopes, Guinea-Bissau

Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat
Paula Caballero, Colombia, and Jozef Buys, Belgium

L-R: Javed Talat, Pakistan; Ali Mohamed Soilihi, Comoros; Karine Siegwart, Switzerland; Ludovica Soderini, Italy; Paul Samson, Canada; and Mohammad Tareque, Bangladesh

Bella Tonkonogy, US

Rithirak Long, Cambodia

L-R: Rithirak Long, Cambodia; Zi Qian Liang, China; and Dana Kartakusuma, Indonesia

Priya Basu, World Bank
Delegates from Italy

Maria Leichner, GEF NGO Network, Uruguay

Mary Barton-Dock and Karin Shepardson, World Bank
Maryam Niamir-Fuller, UNEP

Afternoon Sessions


Maraino Munoz, Spain

Margarita Perez, Mexico
Erik Bjørnebye, Norway

Josceline Wheatley, United Kingdom
Paul Samson, Canada

Jukka Pesola, Finland
Mohammad Tareque, Bangladesh


Ahmadou Sebory Toure, Guinea

Ali Mohamed Soilihi, Comoros
Cecile Pot, France

Frank Fass-Metz, Germany
Justin Nantchou Ngoko, Cameroon

José Antonio González Norris, Peru


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*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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