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Biodiversity Policy & Practice
Fortieth Meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council

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

Highlights for Tuesday, 24 May 2011
GEFThe 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council was opened by Monique Barbut, CEO/Chairperson of the Facility, who underscored that the Council’s decisions on Article 28 of the GEF instrument (cooperation with other bodies) will influence further international environmental financial decisions, notably those at the Durban Climate Change Conference and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). She noted the key innovation of allowing regional and national entities and non-governmental organizations to become partner entities with the GEF.

The Council then elected by acclamation Karine Siegwart (Switzerland) as Co-Chair, adopted the agenda for its three-day meeting, and worked through its first full day of deliberations. James Willis, Joint Executive Secretary of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, reported on the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Stockholm Convention along with upcoming COP meetings of the Basel and Rotterdam Conventions. Yolando Velasco, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, on behalf of Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, said aligning the GEF climate change focal area, the LDC (Least Developed Countries) Fund and Special Climate Change Fund to the priorities that are emerging in the negotiations will be crucial for implementing the Cancun Agreements. He also thanked the GEF for contributing to the Transitional Committee of the Green Climate Fund by seconding a senior staff member to the Technical Support Unit. Following these statements, the GEF Council discussed relations with the conventions and strengthening relations with the conventions in the GEF Network.

Thomas Lovejoy, Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), presented recent STAP initiatives and advisory products, including work on: Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) disposal technology; hypoxia in coastal marine ecosystems; marine debris; and a review of current adaptation strategies among development agencies. He said STAP is engaged in the “Planet Under Pressure” scientific conference, which will take place in March 2012 as an input to Rio+20.

During the afternoon, the GEF Council considered agenda items on: the Annual Country Portfolio Evaluation Report-2011 and Management Response; the Annual Performance Report-2010 and Management Response; the Annual Monitoring Report; the Four-Year Work Program and Budget of the Evaluation Office; and, in an Executive Session, the FY12 -14 Business Plan and FY12 Corporate Budget.
GEF
Daily highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Co-Chair Karine Siegwart, Switzerland
Co-Chair Monique Barbut, GEF CEO
Frank Fass-Metz, Germany
Paula Caballero, Colombia
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The 40th meeting of the GEF Council took place at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC.
Eduardo Bouzout, Uruguay
Josceline Wheatley, United Kingdom
Marc-Antoine Martin, France
Jim Willis, Joint Executive Secretary of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions
Jozef Buys, Belgium
Yoland Velasco, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Reginald Hernaus, Netherlands
William Ehlers, GEF
Pulok Chatterji, India
Asa Andrae, Sweden
Elsie Attafuah, Global Mechanism, UN Convention to Combat Desertification
Brennan Van Dyke, GEF
Shaolin Yang, China
Shinji Taniguchi, Japan
Ravi Sharma, Convention on Biological Diversity
Diane Barclay, Australia
Faizal Parish, Civil Society Organizations
Thomas E. Lovejoy’s presentation
Thomas E. Lovejoy, Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel
Carlo Carugi, GEF
Carlo Carugi’s presentation
Dima Shocair Reda, GEF
Baljit Wadhwa, GEF
Baljit Wadhwa’s presentation
Elise Delaitre, France
Beth Urbanas, US
Robert van den Berg’s presentation
Robert van den Berg, GEF

Around the meeting
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Participants registering for the meeting.
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L-R: Lynn Wagner and Keith Ripley, IISD writers
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Delegates listening to Monique Barbut before the start of the session.
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L-R: Lynn Wagner, IISD, and Paul Hofseth, Ministry of the Environment, Norway
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Participants continued their morning discussions in informal conversations over lunch.
Daily highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Related Links
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
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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