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The Council meeting began with the launch of the publication 25 Years of the GEF outlining the GEF’s accomplishments over the past 25 years and the way forward.

Carlos Raul Delgado (Mexico, Council member for the constituency of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela) was elected Co-chair.

Among the agenda items of the Council meeting the following were discussed: the Annual Portfolio Monitoring Report 2016 and the updated GEF Corporate Scorecard; Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) report; update on the projected resource availability from the sixth replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-6); work program for the GEF Trust Fund; seventh replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-7); and an update on the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT).

During the first day, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the GEF launched two publications: Voices of Impact: Speaking for the Global Commons, and Silent Roar: UNDP and GEF in the Snow Leopard Landscape

On the second day, among the agenda items of the Council meeting the following were discussed: monitoring agency compliance with GEF policies on environmental and social safeguards, gender, and fiduciary standards; Semi-Annual Evaluation Report and the related management response; relations with the conventions and other international institutions.

On the final day of the GEF Council meeting, Council members adopted decisions on recommendations of the Working Group on Public Involvement, and on monitoring agency compliance with GEF policies. The Council also set up an Ad Hoc Working Group to produce a draft policy on ethics and conflict of interest for Council members, following recommendations by Transparency International (TI) and, at the conclusion of the meetings, approved the GEF Joint Summary of the Chairs.

The GEF Council consultation meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) took place on October 24. The CSO consultation included a dialogue with the GEF CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii, and discussions on: strengthening CSO engagement in the GEF; the role CSOs play in the GEF through the GEF-CSO Network; and CSOs’ vision for the seventh replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-7).

Consultation with CSOs

Joint Summary
Number Title Document Summary Documents
GEF/C.51/Highlights Highlights
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GEF/C.51/JointSummary Joint Summary of the Chairs
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IEO Information Documents
Number Title Document Summary Documents
GEF/ME/C.51/Inf.01 International Waters Focal Area Study
Document
GEF/ME/C.51/Inf.02 Value for Money Analysis for the Land Degradation Projects of the GEF
Document