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Global Environment Facility (GEF) consultation meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), 44th Meeting of the GEF Council and 14th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) Council

17-20 June 2013 | World Bank headquarters, Washington, DC, United States of America
 
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Summary Highlights of the Meeting

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The forty-fourth GEF Council met for a third and last day on Thursday, 20 June 2013 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. Council members and their Alternates met in a closed session in the morning to consider the report of the Selection and Review Committee.

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, then opened the 14th meeting of the Adaptation to Climate Change for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). The LDCF/SCCF Council adopted decisions on, inter alia, the joint work program for the LDCF/SCCF, and the administrative budgets of the Funds. The Funds were bolstered by additional pledges, amounting to US$129 million for the LDCF, and US$69.2 million for the SCCF.

The Council then approved the joint summary of the chairs, and closed at 2:54pm.

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Josceline Wheatley Co-Chair, UK, closed the forty-fourth GEF Council meeting at 2:54 pm
 
   
L-R: Ramesh Ramankutty, GEF Secretariat, Bonizella Biagini, GEF Secretariat; Josceline Wheatley Co-Chair,
UK; Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; and William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat

   
 
Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson
Josceline Wheatley Co-Chair, UK
William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat
 
Bonizella Biagini, GEF Secretariat, presenting the LCDF portfolio at a glance
 
Michelle Kaminski, Canada
 
Karine Siegwart, Switzerland
 
Erik Bjorneye, Norway
 
Jaco Tavenier, the Netherlands, (center) consulting with Canada
 
Jozef Buys, Belgium
M. Ul Haq Minhas, Pakistan
Chris Whaley, UK
 
Plenary view of the Council in session
 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The forty-fourth GEF Council met for a second day on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. The Council engaged in a discussion on synergies among conventions and the role of the GEF in this respect. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), addressed the Council stating that GEF is in a unique position to be a "synergy broker." Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), said GEF's role is to be a catalyst in promoting integrated approaches, noting that times of financial crisis present opportunities to do business differently. Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Joint Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, stressed that for synergies to be successful, they must be country-driven.

The Council also discussed draft decisions on the relations with the conventions and other international institutions, and on preparing the GEF to serve as the financial mechanism of the Minamata Convention on Mercury upon entry into force. The Council also heard a report from the Chairperson of GEF's Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), Thomas Lovejoy, outgoing Chair of the STAP.

In the afternoon, they considered the work program, and the 2014 business plan and corporate budget. They also discussed a report on the pilot accreditation of GEF project agencies.

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Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, in conversation with Heads of Convention
Secretariats
 
Jim Willis, Executive Secretary, Basel,
Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias,
Executive Secretary, Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD)
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, UN
Convention to Combat Desertification
(UNCCD)
 

L-R: Jim Willis, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; Luc
Gnacadja
, Executive Secretary, UNCCD; Josceline Wheatley Co-Chair, UK; Naoko Ishii, GEF
CEO and Chairperson; Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on
CBD; and William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat

 
 
Thomas Lovejoy, Chair, GEF-STAP, receiving a plaque of appreciation from Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson
 
L-R: Thomas Lovejoy, Chair, GEF-STAP; Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; and Rosina Bierbaum, incoming Chair of GEF-STAP
 
 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The forty-fourth meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 in Washington D.C. The meeting was opened by GEF CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, who shared her reflections on her first year of work at the Facility. She described her efforts to engage with convention secretariats, world leaders, and the civil society among others, to ensure that “GEF has a seat at the table wherever key decisions on global environmental matters are being discussed.”

In the morning, the Council elected Josceline Wheatley (Council member for the UK) to Co-Chair the meeting. They considered and discussed the Annual Monitoring Report FY12: Part II, and the first report of Overall Performance Study and Management Response (OPS5). They heard a keynote address by Johan Rockström, Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University in relation to the GEF 2020 Strategy. Naoko Ishii also gave an update on the GEF 2020 Strategy.

In the afternoon, Council members heard an update on the GEF-5 Programming, and on the GEF-6 replenishment. They also considered and approved the work programme and budget for the GEF Evaluation Office, and approved a decision for Mexico to host the fifth Assembly of the GEF.

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Participants at the 44th meeting of the GEF Council
 
Matthew Kotchen, US
Margarita Perez Villaseñor, Mexico
Ryusuke Nakayama, Japan
 
Sean Batten, Australia
 
Rita Mishaan, FundaEco
 
Ali Mohammed, Kenya
 
L-R: Halima Kolo Mohammed, Nigeria; Anyaa Vohiri, Liberia; and Alimata Kone
Bakayoko
, Côte d'Ivoire

 
   
Participants from Mexico and Argentina
   
 
   

Monday, 17 June 2013

CSO Consultation Summary:
Faizal Parish, GEF NGO Network Central Focal Point, opened the GEF Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations on Monday, 17 June 2013, noting this unique platform for dialogue and exchange of ideas for the long term planning and implementation of GEF policy and programmes.

CSO Dialogue with the GEF CEO and Chairperson
Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF, highlighted the need for a bold policy strategy embodied in, among other things, the GEF 2020 Strategy and the sixth replenishment of the GEF (GEF 6) to tackle the underlying drivers of global environmental degradation. She stressed strengthening partnerships with CSOs and other stakeholders, and underscored results- and knowledge-based management systems to enhance the work of the GEF.

Responding to questions, Ishii: noted that the time taken to engage CSOs is less compared to the past, but a lot remains to be done to fully engage the CSOs; stressed the importance of convincing governments to foster CSO involvement in national level implementation; and highlighted the role of cities in leading the dialogue on involving national governments in environmental protection, particularly between the period 2015-2020, when there is a potential climate change governance gap.

Session 1: The Road Towards GEF 6
This session was co-moderated by Pillar Barrera, GEF Secretariat, and Essam Nada, Regional Focal Point for North Africa. Participants heard from members of the GEF Secretariat dealing with seven focal areas: climate change mitigation, chemicals and wastes, climate change adaptation, biodiversity, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management. The discussion focused on a range of issues, including: guidelines for CSO engagement in GEF projects; the advantages and disadvantages of multi-focal approaches to climate smart agriculture; the need for political will at the national level to involve CSOs in dealing with environmental degradation; the negative link between poverty alleviation and environmental degradation; the need for the GEF to engage at the convention-level, and also engage actors at the national and local levels; the GEF’s support for the Bamako Convention on the management of hazardous wastes in Africa; co-financing of sustainable forestry management projects; the integration of adaptation in all GEF focal areas; and the need for CSOs to be more proactive in providing input to national plans of implementation.

Robert van den Berg, Director, GEF Evaluation Office, then presented a sub-study on CSO involvement to be completed by October 2013, and participants suggested, inter alia, a section on the constraints to CSO engagement including resources.

Session 2: Interactive Dialogue on the Future Strategic Role of GEF
This session was co-moderated by Faizal Parish and Fiu Mataese Elisara, Regional Focal Point for the Pacific Region. Claus Astrup, Advisor to the GEF CEO, GEF Secretariat, presented the GEF 2020 Strategy, which underscores the need to: understand the drivers of global environmental degradation; engage proactively with partners; and strengthen the GEF as a knowledge institution.

Presenting on "CSO Perspectives on the Future of GEF," Maria Leichner, Regional Focal Point for South America, called for further understanding the links between civil society and the GEF in order to fortify partnerships. Victor Kawanga, Regional Focal Point for Southern Africa region, argued that CSOs posses specific skills resulting from operations on the ground.

In the panel discussion, Ximena George-Nascimento, GEF Council Member Alternate, Chile, proposed better engagement with the operational focal points to promote a stronger information flow between the focal points and the CSOs. Maryam Naimir-Fuller, UN Environment Programme, noted calls for synergies within multilateral environmental agreements, and lauded the GEF’s move towards multi-focal activities. Matthew Kotchen, GEF Council Member, US, highlighted the technical assistance provided by the GEF, as well as the policy reform it engages in, noting that these institutional approaches are as important as the work on the ground. Delfin Ganapin, GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), noted that GEF 6 will see the SGP transform into a “grantmaker plus (+),” and scale up small projects to medium sized projects. Godwin Fishani Gondwe, GEF Council Member Alternate, Zambia, stressed understanding the drivers of unsustainable development in order to propose and implement helpful solutions for all three pillars of sustainable development.

Participants then discussed, inter alia; the role of the GEF in the emerging sustainable development goals; the need for disaggregated data showing the benefits of the SGP to Indigenous Peoples; the relationship between governments and CSOs;  scaling up GEF 2020; private sector engagement; and the role of the NGO Network  in shaping GEF policy.

CLOSING:
Faizal Parish noted that implementation of the GEF 2020 will require resources from both the traditional donor governments and new partnerships, underscored the need to fully define “CSO engagement” in order to set targets to enhance it, and suggested that GEF 6 consider further involving CSOs in their signature programmes in order to foster greater public engagement. He closed the Consultation at 4:38pm.

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A view of the opening plenary of the GEF Council Consultation meeting with the CSOs.
   
 
 
Faizal Parish, GEF-NGO Network Central
Focal Point
 
Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson
 
 
L-R: Robert van den Berg, GEF Secretariat; Essam Nada, Regional Focal Point for North African region, GEF-NGO Network,
and Pillar Barrera, GEF Secretariat
 
Faizal Parish, GEF-NGO Network Central Focal Point, summarized the day's consultations and closed
the consultation at 4:38 pm.
 
 
 
Related Links
GEF resources

*Forty-fourth Meeting of the GEF Council website and documents

*Forty-fourth Meeting of the GEF Council annotated provisional agenda

*CSO consulation agenda

*Fourteenth LDCF/SCCF Council Meeting website and documents

*Fourteenth LDCF/SCCF Council Meeting provisional annotated agenda

*Fourteenth LDCF/SCCF Council Meeting work program


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the GEF Council Consultation Meeting with CSOs, Forty-third Meeting of the GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF 13th meeting, 13-15 November 2012, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the GEF Council Consultation Meeting with CSOs, Forty-second Meeting of the GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF 12th meeting, 5-7 June 2012, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-first Meeting of the GEF Council, 7-10 November 2011, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the Fortieth Meeting of the GEF Council, 24-26 May 2011, Washington, DC, United States of America

*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

*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy

*Biodiversity-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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