GEF RESTRUCTURING AND SUITABILITY AS A MECHANISM:
Belgium, on behalf of the EC, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, the US,
Austria and Chile expressed confidence that the GEF would be
restructured to ensure its suitability for the Convention. The
Chair referred to links to the GEF as "bridge-building." He noted
that the Working Group would want to transmit guidelines to the
GEF. Some countries said that guidance from this Group to the first
COP regarding the mechanism could serve as a signal to the GEF.
Malaysia opposed relegating discussions with the GEF to the
Secretariat and said the ICCBD should provide it with
"instructions" rather than "guidelines."