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Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organization (CSOs), 51st GEF Council Meeting and 21st Meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund
and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) Council

24-27 October 2016 | Washington, DC, US

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Highlights for Thursday, 27 October 2016

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On the final day of the 51st meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Council members, following revisions by the GEF Secretariat, adopted decisions on recommendations of the Working Group on Public Involvement, and on monitoring agency compliance with GEF policies.

The Council also set up an Ad Hoc Working Group to produce a draft policy on ethics and conflict of interest for Council members, following recommendations by Transparency International (TI). The GEF Secretariat explained that other TI recommendations, such as access to information disclosure, whistleblower protection and observer participation in Council meetings, will be dealt with in the forthcoming update to the Public Involvement Policy (PIP).

Participants then convened for the 21st meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)/Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and considered an LDCF and SCCF progress report.

At the conclusion of the meetings, Council members reviewed and approved the Joint Summary of the Chairs for the GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF meetings. As indicated in the Joint Summary for the GEF Council meeting, the Council approved its Work Program comprising 16 project concepts and three programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$301.91 million. The programmatic frameworks include Global Opportunities for Long-term Development (GOLD) of the Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) Sector to help artisanal and small scale miners access resources for technologies and technical assistance that will help eliminate or reduce the use of mercury in gold processing; and China’s Protected Area System Reform (C-PAR).

At the close of the meeting, GEF CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii thanked Council members for their invitation to the GEF to be “bold and innovative,” which she said would be useful for GEF-7. Ishii closed the meeting at 1:48 pm.

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Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson


Co-Chair Carlos Raul Delgado, Mexico


GEF Council approved the decision on developing a policy on ethics and conflict of interest for Council members



William Ehlers, GEF Council Secretary


Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu
, LDC Chair in the UNFCCC process


Participants heard a progress report on the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)



Jozef Buys
, Belgium


Judith Gelbman, Canada

Samuel Germain, Germany



Mohamed-Yahya Lafdal-Chah
, Mauritania


Stafano Marco Schwager
, Switzerland

Josceline Wheatley, UK



Hla Muang Thein, Myanmar


Victor Kawanga, Vice Chair, GEF-CSO
Network

Farhan Akhtar, US



Co-Chair Carlos Raul Delgado, Mexico, presided over review and adoption of the Joint Summary of the Chairs

Highlights for Wednesday, 26 October 2016

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The second day of the 51st meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council began with a discussion on monitoring agency compliance with GEF policies on environmental and social safeguards, gender, and fiduciary standards. The Council deferred the final decision on the issue until Thursday.

During the morning, the Council also discussed the Semi-Annual Evaluation Report October 2016 and management response to the report. Council members considered two completed evaluation reports: ‘International Waters Focal Area Study’ and ‘Value for Money Analysis for the Land Degradation Projects of the GEF.’ Juha Uitto, Director, Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), outlined the IEO’s ongoing evaluations, including: ‘GEF Engagement with the Private Sector,’ ‘Chemicals and Waste Focal Area Study,’ and ‘GEF Role in Supporting Legal and Regulatory Reform in Countries,’ as well as work on recently started or upcoming evaluations.

At the beginning of their afternoon deliberations, the Council discussed relations with the conventions and other international institutions, and memoranda of understanding with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The Council heard presentations by the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, and the Principal Coordinator of the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, as well as interventions from representatives of the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UNCCD, relating to GEF activities in support of their respective multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

The Council concluded the day with a discussion of recommendations from the Working Group on Public Involvement. The final decision on the issue was deferred until Thursday.


Participants at the 51st meeting of the GEF Council


William Ehlers, GEF Council Secretary; Co-Chair Carlos Raul Delgado, Mexico; and Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson



Samuel Germain
, Germany


Claudia Mordini
, Italy

Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, Indigenous Peoples Focal Point, Africa,
on behalf of the GEF-CSO Network


Presentation of the ‘Semi-Annual Evaluation Report of the Independent Evaluation Office’


L-R: Geeta Batra and Juha Uitto, IEO



Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury


Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Highlights for Tuesday, 25 October 2016

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On Tuesday, 25 October 2016, Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), opened the 51st meeting of the GEF Council with the launch of the publication ‘25 Years of the GEF’ outlining the GEF’s accomplishments over the past 25 years and the way forward. Carlos Raul Delgado (Mexico, Council Member for the constituency of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela) was elected Co-Chair for the 51st meeting of the GEF Council.

During their first substantive discussion of the 51st meeting, the GEF Council exchanged views on the Annual Portfolio Monitoring Report 2016. Council members welcomed the updated GEF Corporate Scorecard annexed to the report and made suggestions for its improvement by, inter alia: including indicators on monitoring and evaluation; developing indicators on the degree of innovation and risk involved across the portfolios; and developing sustainability indicators.

Council members also heard the report of Rosina Bierbaum, Chair, Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP). Bierbaum outlined STAP’s report titled ‘Governance Challenges, Gaps and Management Opportunities in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ),’ suggesting that the GEF consider emerging issues, including: enhancing knowledge; supporting high-impact demonstration projects; supporting areas-based planning and management tools; and building technical capacity in small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs).

Additional agenda items discussed on the first day of the Council’s 51st meeting included: update on the projected resource availability from the sixth replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-6); work program for the GEF Trust Fund; seventh replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-7); and an update on the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT).

In the afternoon, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the GEF launched two reports: ‘Voices of Impact: Speaking for the Global Commons,’ and ‘Silent Roar: UNDP and GEF in the Snow Leopard Landscape.’


Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, presented to the Council a new GEF publication ‘25 Years of the GEF’


Carlos Raul Delgado, GEF Council Member, Mexico, was elected as Co-Chair for the meeting



Philipp Knill
, Germany


Alix Thepot
, France

Weifang Yang, China



Subhash Chandra Garg
, India


Priscilla Achakpa, GEF-CSO Network, RFP West Africa

Paul Ralison, Madagascar


L-R: Nana Janashia, Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN), and
Anastasiya Zhdanovich
, Belarusian Environmental Movement


L-R: Yoko Watanabe, GEF Secretariat; Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, with Adriana Dinu, Timothy Scott and
Midori Paxton, UNDP, presenting ‘Silent Roar: UNDP and GEF in the Snow Leopard Landscape’

Highlights for Monday, 24 October 2016

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) took place on 24 October 2016, the day before the opening of the 51st meeting of the GEF Council. The CSO consultation included a dialogue with the GEF CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii, and discussions on: strengthening CSO engagement in the GEF; the role CSOs play in the GEF through the GEF-CSO Network; and CSOs’ vision for the seventh replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-7).


Essam Nada, Chair of GEF-CSO Network, opened the GEF Council consultation with CSOs



Essam Nada, Chair of GEF-CSO Network


Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson



Michela Izzo
, Guakía Ambiente


Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos
, Indigenous Peoples Focal Point, Americas

Simone Lovera-Bilderbeek, Global Forest Coalition (GFC)



Jean-Yves Pirot, IUCN


Lucy Mulenkei, Chair of IPAG


Breakout groups were formed to discuss the role of CSOs in the GEF through GEF-CSO Network



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