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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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Highlights for Monday, 17 June 2013, CSO Consultation Summary

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.

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
 
   
Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, delivering her opening remarks.
   
 
Valentin Ciubotaru, NGO BIOS, Moldova
Gino Van Begin, Secretary-General, ICLEI
Samuel Dotse, Regional Focal Point for West Africa region, GEF-NGO Network
 
Mohammed Al Masalha, Dean, Faculty
of International Studies, University of
Jordan, Jordan
 
Tcharbuahbokengo Nfinn, Regional Focal
Point for Central African region, GEF-NGO
Network
 
Rita Mishaan, FundaEco, Guatemala
 
Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, answering questions from CSO consultation participants
 
Session 1: The Road Towards GEF 6
 
L-R: Essam Nada, Regional Focal Point for North African region, GEF NGO Network, and Pillar
Barrera
, GEF Secretariat
 
L-R: Ibrahima Sow, GEF Secretariat; Ian Gray, GEF Secretariat; Essam Nada, Regional Focal
Point for North African region, GEF-NGO Network
; Pillar Barrera, GEF Secretariat; Chizuru Aoki,
GEF Secretariat, Astrid Hillers, GEF Secretariat; and Mark Zimsky, GEF Secretariat

 
Ulrich Apel, GEF Secretariat (Land
Degradation)
 
Mark Zimsky, GEF Secretariat
(Biodiversity)
 
Chizuru Aoki, GEF Secretariat (Climate
Change Mitigation)
 
Ibrahima Sow, GEF Secretariat
(Chemicals and Wastes)
 
Bonizella Biagini, GEF Secretariat
(Climate Change Adaptation)
 
Ian Gray, GEF Secretariat
(Sustainable Forest Management)
 
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
 
Session 2: Interactive Dialogue on Future Strategic Role of GEF
 
L-R: Fiu Mataese Elisara, Regional Focal Point for the Pacific region, GEF-NGO
Network, and Faizal Parish, GEF-NGO Network Central Focal Point, co-moderators
of the session
 
Victor Kawanga, Regional Focal Point
for Southern Africa, GEF-NGO Network
María Liechner Kindsvater, Regional Focal
Point for South American region, GEF-NGO
Network /Fundacion ECOS
Claus Astrup, GEF Secretariat
 
Maryam Niamir-Fuller, United
Nations Environment Programme
 
Delfin Ganapin, Global Manager, GEF
Small Grants Programme (SGP)
 
Ximena George-Nascimento, GEF
Council Member Alternate, Chile
 
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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