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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 Thursday, 15 November 2012


On the third and final day of the 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, Council members completed their consideration of a number of agenda items and convened for the 13th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund/Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) Council. The work program adopted by the GEF Council amounts to US$174 million, and benefits 63 countries. The work program adopted by the LDCF/SCCF Council amounts to US$28.544 million for the SCCF and US$1.87 million for the LDCF. Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden announced new contributions to the LDCF and SCCF amounting to US$80.8 million.

On Thursday afternoon, the LDCF/SCCF and GEF Councils reviewed and approved the Joint Summary of the Chairs of the respective meetings. A Council member stressed that the highlights of the meeting should indicate that the Council had expressed its appreciation to the new CEO for her efforts to engage the Council and to renew the partnership on which the GEF was built, and that the Council found the Work Program to be well balanced, with projects that were innovative and scalable. CEO Ishii stressed that the meeting had accomplished the three goals she identified at the opening of the meeting: think of the future of the GEF; begin a new way of doing business to strengthen partnerships; and ensure that resources are effectively managed. She added that the GEF 2020 visioning exercise had been a highlight for her. CEO and Chairperson Ishii closed the meeting at 3:25 pm.

GEF Council members consult prior to the final day's opening session

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Participants at the 43rd meeting of the GEF Council

Consultations Prior to Opening Session







Morning Sessions


Panel (L-R): Robert Dixon, GEF Secretariat; Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat; Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; and Co-Chair João Raimundo Lopes, Guinea-Bissau

Ali Mohamed Soilihi, Comoros
Maria Buss, Germany

Scott Wilson, Canada


Zi Qian Liang, China

Mika Nishimori, Japan
Robert Dixon, GEF Secretariat

François-Xavier Duporge, France
Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson


Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat
Kitty Van Der Heijden, Netherlands

Faizal Parish, Global Environment Centre, Malaysia
Josceline Wheatley, United Kingdom, and Annemarie Watt, Australia


13th meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council


Panel (L-R): Bonizella Biagini, Head of the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Operations, GEF Secretariat; Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; and Co-Chair João Raimundo Lopes, Guinea-Bissau

Co-Chair João Raimundo Lopes, Guinea-Bissau
Bonizella Biagini, Head of the Climate Change
Adaptation Strategy and Operations, GEF Secretariat,
and Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson

Pa Ousman Jarju, Gambia
Christina Chan, US

Fishani Gondwe, Zambia
Alamir Sinna Toure, Mali

Marta Simonetti, EU

Closing of Conference


Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, and
Co-Chair João Raimundo Lopes, Guinea-Bissau
Zi Qian Liang, China



IISD Conference Reporting Services Team


Lynn Wagner, Team Leader, and
Keith Ripley, Writer, IISD Reporting Services
Brad Vincelette, Digital Editor, IISD Reporting Services


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