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Fortieth Meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council

24-26 May 2011 | Washington, DC, United States of America

Highlights for Monday, 23 May 2011
GEFTo mark the 20th anniversary of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the GEF organized a gala reception on the eve of the 40th meeting of the GEF Council. The 23 May 2011 reception took place at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. As the Master of Ceremonies, Andre Laperriere, Deputy CEO of the GEF, noted, the location was a special place to celebrate a special milestone – a place where participants could honor countless generations who have shown us how to provide responsible stewardship of the land, water and sky.

Monique Barbut, GEF CEO, presented a timeline of the GEF’s achievements and looked forward to its continued contributions. She noted that, during her tenure as CEO, she has introduced reforms that reduced the time required for a project to move from concept to approval from 66 months to 18 months, and emphasized that the GEF has a unique role to play in strengthening delivery channels to allow countries to make meaningful investments in sustainable development. Kerri-Ann Jones, US Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, commended the GEF on its 20 years. Nokuzola Mndende, a Tribal leader/healer connected with the GEF’s small grants program and the founding Director at the Icamagu Institute, offered a Tribal Blessing, and Hector Parion Oyacachi, Ecuador, a woodcarver with GEF’s small grants program, presented the GEF CEO with a special GEF anniversary keepsake.

The 40th meeting of the GEF Council will convene from 24-26 May 2011 in Washington, DC, to consider agenda items including the Annual Country Portfolio Evaluation Report – 2011, the Annual Performance Report – 2010, the Four-year Work Program and Budget of the Evaluation Office, and the Work Program.
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Andre Laperriere, Deputy CEO of the GEF, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the GEF’s 20th anniversary reception.
Kerri-Ann Jones, US Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
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A timeline of milestones in the Global Environment Facility’s twenty year history.
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Monique Barbut, GEF CEO
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Hawaiian dancers welcomed participants.
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Heidy Valles, Colombia, sang for the participants.
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Nokuzola Mndende, a Tribal leader/healer connected with the GEF’s small grants program and the founding Director at the Icamagu Institute, offered a Tribal Blessing.
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Monique Barbut, GEF CEO, congratulates Nokuzola Mndende.
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Hector Parion Oyacachi, Ecuador, an award winning woodcarver with GEF’s small grants program, presented the GEF CEO a special GEF anniversary keepsake.
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Participants during the 20th anniversary celebration.
Michael Nansel, US baritone
Monique Barbut, GEF CEO
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L-R: Nokuzola Mndende; Ana Maria Currea, UN Development Programme; Prabhjot Sodhi, Centre for Environment Education; and Hector Parion Oyacachi, Ecuador
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Participants mailed post cards at the GEF post office.
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Participants enjoyed food and beverages at the reception.
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GEF resources
*Fortieth GEF Council Working documents
*Fortieth GEF Council provisional agenda
*GEF website

IISD RS resources
*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
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
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*African Regional Coverage
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