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Forty-first Meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council

7-10 November 2011 | Washington, DC, United States of America

Highlights for Thursday, 10 November 2011
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Group photograph at the end of the Council meeting.
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The 41st meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council completed its deliberations on Thursday. In the morning, the World Bank introduced a report on the Rules regarding GEF Constituencies, with members deciding to keep it under review.

The Trustee, then, provided an update on the independent review of systems in the GEF-5 replenishment process, proposing an “implementation proposal” that addresses the recommendations in the review.

Among other decisions, the GEF Council also decided to hold the 42nd Council on 5-7 June 2012, in view of the change of dates of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20). After receiving the Joint Summary of the Chairs, Council Members reviewed and approved the decisions and commented, inter alia, on the Work Program and the Establishment of Trust Funds.

During the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)/Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council meeting, Council members reviewed and approved the joint Work Program and the Monitoring and Evaluation Policy. With respect to the Evaluation of the SCCF, the LDCF/SSCF Council noted the impacts of the funding levels and requested the Secretariat to prepare proposals to ensure transparency of the project pre-selection process, dissemination of good practices, and visibility of the fund.
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The dais during the morning session.
Maurizio Ragazzi, World Bank
Jonathan Caldicott, Trustee
Frank Fass-Metz, Germany
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Jozef Buys, Belgium
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Stefan Schwager, Switzerland
Lucia Senofonte, Italy
Asa Andrae, Sweden
Raphael Azeredo, Brazil
Paula Caballero, Colombia
N.H. Ravindranath, Indian Institute of Science
N.H. Ravindranath’s presentation
Bonizella Biagini, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Christina Chan, US
Co-Chair Monique Barbut, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO
Jan Sheltinga, Canada
Co-Chair Claudia Grayeb-Bayata, Mexico
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Council members during the meeting.
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Robert van den Berg, Director, Evaluation Office, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
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Robert van den Berg’s presentation
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L-R: Josceline Wheatley, United Kingdom; Co-Chair Monique Barbut, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO; Bonizella Biagini, Global Environment Facility (GEF); and Anyaa Vohiri, Liberia
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L-R: Elise Delaitre, France, and Co-Chair Monique Barbut, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO, during informal consultations.

Around the venue
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Chair Monique Barbut, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO, during informal consultations with Maurizio Ragazzi, World Bank.
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L-R: Giovanni Bo and Maurizio Ragazzi, World Bank
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*Forty-first meeting of the GEF Council documents
*Forty-first meeting of the GEF Council provisional annotated agenda
*C.41 work program submitted for Council approval

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*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
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