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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 Thursday, 26 May 2011
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Group photograph at the end of the Council meeting.
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Daily highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council concluded its three-day meeting at 3:54 pm on Thursday, 26 May.

Following the adoption on Thursday, Council Members applauded their “historic” decision on broadening the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, which was reached after a drafting group developed language indicating that, while bilateral agencies will not be eligible for accreditation at this time, their participation in the pilot phase will be considered at the first meeting of the Council in 2013. Members also applauded their decision to approve the arrangements for the operation of the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund. At the conclusion of the discussion on this topic, the representative from France announced that her country would contribute 1 million Euros to the Fund.

Among other items, the Council also discussed a proposal for criteria for the establishment of trust funds within the GEF, but asked the Secretariat to revise the proposal for consideration by Council at its November 2011 meeting, taking into account views expressed by Council members at this meeting. The Council also discussed an upcoming review of GEF Agency fees, and information regarding the status of the Instruments of Commitment and the possible implications for GEF-5 programming in the potential case of decisions of donor countries to defer contributions following arrears of individual donor countries.

During the 10th meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), which took place in the afternoon, Germany pledged 50 million Euros to the LDCF, and 25 million to the SCCF, and Australia pledged AUS$ 15 million to the LDCF, as Copenhagen Climate Change Conference fast start financing pledges.
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Delegates listening to Monique Barbut before the start of the session.
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Delegates during informal discussions on the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund.
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The 40th meeting of the GEF Council on its final day.
Zaheer Fakir, South Africa
Co-Chair Monique Barbut, GEF CEO
Elise Delaitre, France
Susan McAdams, World Bank
L-R: Hervé LeFeuvre, WWF, and Pilar Barrera, The Nature Conservancy
Tom Duvall, World Bank
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João Raimundo Lopes (right), Guinea-Bissau
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Shaolin Yang (left), China
Matthias Seiche, Germany
Beth Urbanas (center), US
Ghazala Raza, Pakistan
Anton Hilber, Switzerland
L-R: Paula Caballero, Colombia, and Eduardo Bouzout, Uruguay
Pulok Chatterji, India
Frank Fass-Metz, Germany
Bonizella Biagini, GEF
Robert van den Berg, GEF
Diane Barclay, Australia
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The dais during the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)/Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council meeting applauds after Germany and Australia pledge new resources.

Around the meeting
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GEF support staff.
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French delegates
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L-R: Paula Caballero, Colombia and Maria Clara Tavares Cerqueira, Brazil
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The GEF Council convened at International Monetary Fund headquarters, in Washington, DC, US.
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Beth Urbanas, US
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Flags inside the International Monetary Fund building.
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Photography exhibition around the meeting.
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L-R: Diego Noguera, Colombia; Lynn Wagner, US; Monique Barbut, GEF CEO; and Keith Ripley, US
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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