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Global Environment Facility (GEF) consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs), 45th Meeting of the GEF Council, and 15th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) Council

4-7 November 2013 | World Bank headquarters, Washington, DC, United States of America
 
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Highlights for Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Installation titled "Table and Chairs" by Tei Mensah Huagie, in the James D. Wolfensohn Atrium at World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC, US

The forty-fifth meeting of the GEF Council convened for the second day on Wednesday, 6 November 2013, at World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. During a morning address by Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, via video conference, Steiner described the GEF as “the leading global environmental financing facility” and noted the need for the GEF to bring more coherence to the sustainable development landscape. Following this address, the Executive Secretaries of the Stockholm, Biodiversity and Desertification Conventions presented on synergies and engaged Council members in a discussion on relations with the conventions and other international institutions. A presentation on the Minamata Convention on Mercury was also made. Later in the day, the US announced that it had signed the Minamata Convention and deposited the instrument on 6 November.

The Council then addressed: the update on GEF-6 Replenishment; Review of GEF Agencies on Environmental and Social Safeguards and Gender Mainstreaming; and Amendments to the Instrument.

In the afternoon the Council considered: the Report of the Chairperson of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP); Update on GEF 2020; and the Work program.

 
 
PLENARY SESSION
 
Video conference presentation by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director
 
Libran Cabactulan, the Philippines
Nuritdin Inamov, Russian Federation
Jukka Pyykko, Finland
 
   
L-R: Co-Chairperson Margarita Perez Villaseñor; Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; and William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat
   
 
Jim Willis, Executive Secretary, Basel,
Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
 
Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UN
Convention to Combat Desertification
(UNCCD)
 
Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias,
Executive Secretary, Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD)
 
Jim Willis, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, presenting his statement to the
Council
 
Roberto Brandão Cavalcanti, Brazil
 
Laura Palma, Italy
 
Zi Qian Liang, China
 
 
   
L-R: Fernando Lugris, Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury; Tim Kasten, UNEP; and Co-Chairperson Margarita Perez Villaseñor
   
 
Scott Wilson, Canada
Maria Buss, GEF Focal Point, Germany
Lloyd Pascal, Dominica
 
View of the first presentation to the GEF Council by newly appointed Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel
(STAP) Chair Rosina Bierbaum
 
L-R: Thomas Hammond, UNEP and Rosina Bierbaum, Chair of STAP
 
   
L-R: Robert Dixon and Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat,  with Co-Chairperson Margarita Perez Villaseñor, presenting the GEF Work Program
   
 
Günter Mitlacher, WWF Germany
Judy Garber, US, announced that the
US has signed on to the Minamata
Convention and has deposited the US
instrument of Acceptance at the UN
Matthew Williams, Australia
 
SNAPSHOTS AROUND THE MEETING
 
 
L-R: Justin Nantchou, Africa Representative to the GEF
Replenishment Process; Halima Kolo Mohammed, Nigeria; and
Jean-Marc Sinnassamy, GEF Secretariat
 
L-R: Michelle Kaminski, Canada, in discussion with Kentaro Ogata,
Japan
 
 
L-R: George Bañez, Haribon, the Philippines, consulting with Ramon de Mesa and Lily Uy Hale, GEF Secretariat
 
L-R: Frank Fass-Metz, Germany, consulting with Zaheer Fakir, South Africa
 
 
 
 
 
 
Related Links
GEF resources

*Forty-fifth meeting of the GEF Council website and documents

*Forty-fifth meeting of the GEF Council annotated provisional agenda

*Forty-fifth meeting of the GEF Council provisional list of documents

*Fifteenth LDCF/SCCF Council meeting website and documents

*Fifteenth LDCF/SCCF Council meeting provisional annotated agenda

*Fifteenth LDCF/SCCF Council meeting provisional list of documents


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the GEF Council Consultation meeting with CSOs, 44th meeting of the GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF 14th meeting, 17-20 June 2013, World Bank headquarters, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the GEF Council Consultation meeting with CSOs, 43rd 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, 42nd 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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