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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
 
Daily highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
 
Highlights for 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.


 

Installation at the James D. Wolfensohn Atrium at the World Bank
 
   
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

 
Chris Whaley, UK
 
Ahmadou Toure, Guinea
 
Karine Siegwart, Switzerland
 
L-R: Gustavo Fonseca and Robert Dixon, GEF Secretariat
 
Jozef Buys, Belgium
Fernando Lugris, Chair of the
Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee
on Mercury

Roberto Brandão Cavalcanti, Brazil
 
Nuritdin Inamov, Russian Federation
 
Ximena George-Nascimento, Chile
 
Jean Ilunga Muneng, Democratic Republic
of Congo
 
Presentation by Thomas Lovejoy, Chair, GEF Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF-STAP)
 
Thomas Lovejoy, Chair, GEF-STAP
     
Rosina Bierbaum, incoming Chair of GEF-STAP
 
 
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
 
 
François-Xavier Duporge, France
 
Judy Garber, US
 
Paul Samson, Canada
 
Maria Buss, Germany
Brian James, Caribbean Forest
Conservation Association / Regional Focal
Point for the Caribbean region, GEF NGO
Network
Jukka Pesola, Finland
 
Video message from Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
 
L-R: Alejandro Kilpatrick, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; Yibin Xiang,
CBD; Melchiade Bukuru, UNCCD; and Scott Wilson, Canada
 
   
L-R: David McCauley, Tim Geer and Herve Lefeuvre, WWF
   
 
 
 
 
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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