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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 Wednesday, 25 May 2011
GEFDuring the second day of the 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, Council Members concluded their deliberations on: the Evaluation Office and Corporate FY12 budgets; the work programme; and enhancing the visibility of the GEF. The work programme comprises project concepts and one programmatic approach – regarding support for the Great Green Wall initiative – subject to comments made during the Council meeting and additional comments that may be submitted to the GEF Secretariat by 9 June 2011.

Following a discussion of the strategy to engage with the private sector, the Council agreed to call for comments and to ask the Secretariat to resubmit the strategy to the November 2011 Council meeting.

The Council discussed the proposal for broadening the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, which seeks to set the criteria and accreditation procedures for allowing new entities into the Partnership during a pilot phase, recommending that five of ten new agency spots be reserved for national institutions and not approving applications for other types of entities (regional, NGO) until those five slots are filled. Members disagreed on whether bilateral agencies should be included during the pilot phase, and will continue their discussion Thursday morning. Related to this agenda item, they also discussed a revised proposal for GEF policies on environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming, and agreed to refer to the policies on environmental and social safeguards as “provisional,” with a view to revisiting them at the November 2011 Council meeting.

A new draft of the document on “Outstanding Issues Related to the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund” was circulated on Wednesday afternoon. Following an initial discussion, Council Members decided to continue their deliberations on Thursday.
GEF
Daily highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
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L-R: Andrew Velthaus, GEF; Co-Chair Monique Barbut, GEF CEO; Co-Chair Karine Siegwart, Switzerland; Brennan Van Dyke, GEF; and Robert van den Berg, GEF
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L-R: Co-Chair Monique Barbut, GEF CEO, and Josceline Wheatley, United Kingdom
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Proposed Rio+20 budget.
L. Brennan Van Dyke, GEF, calling partcipants to start the session.
Asa Andrae, Sweden
Ramon Prudencio de Mesa, GEF
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Delegates during the session.
Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana
Daniel Ortega, Ecuador
Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Ethiopia
Jan Sheltinga, Canada
Shinji Taniguchi, Japan
Marc-Antoine Martin, France
Keri Holland, US
Margit Thomsen, Denmark
Rithirak Long, Cambodia
Justin Nantchou Ngoko, Cameroon
Lloyd Pascal, Dominica
Nuritdin R. Inamov, Russian Federation
Taimur Ali, Pakistan
Andrew Velthaus, GEF
Naoko Ishii, Japan
Beatriz Escolar, Spain
Karin J. Shepardson, World Bank
Reinhard Gasser, Switzerland
David Rodgers, GEF
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L-R: Faizal Parish, Civil Society Organizations, and Johnson Cerda, Conservation International
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L-R: Ravi Sharma and Yibin Xiang, Convention on Biological Diversity
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GEF Secretariat staff at work.
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The Co-Chair offered Swiss chocolates to participants.

Around the meeting
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A chorus performed at lunch time.
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Photography exhibition around the meeting.

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Participants continued mailing post cards from the GEF post desk.
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GEF logo outside the meeting room.
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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