December 1, 2014 to December 12, 2014


The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol is taking place from 1 to 12 December. COP 20/CMP 10 is being hosted by the Government of Peru, in Lima, Peru.

The GEF, a partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, is an operating entity of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change financial mechanism.

The GEF Secretariat manages three trust funds to support climate change mitigation, adaptation and enabling activities: the general GEF trust fund, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF).

GEF officials will actively participate in the 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) and associated meetings.


GEF Side Events                   >>download the flyer

December 06

15.45 - 17.15

Global Landscape Forum

The Westin Hotel and
Conference Center

Supply Chains, Supply Change
The Future of Sustainable Commodities

Join us for a discussion with public and private players about the future of commodities production. Three commodities, soy, beef and palm oil have been responsible for close to 80% of tropical deforestation worldwide; they also account for 12-15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time agricultural commodities are a key element of economic growth in rural areas. The challenge is to ensure the increase in demand for commodities is met sustainability and avoid further deforestation. Recent commitments and innovation from governments and the private sector signal a new willingness to tackle this challenge. Taking advantage of this opportunity depends on new multi-partner approaches that remove the barriers along commodity supply chains to implementing sustainable practice. >>MORE

December 08

13:15 - 14:45

Caral Rm-130,
COP 20 Venue

What do we know about adaptation: Perspectives on the UNFCCC adaptation experience and the way ahead

This event will feature the adaptation experience from the country perspective, namely Gambia and Tuvalu and will offer portfolio-level insight with a view of discussing the UNFCCC adaptation support to-date, and the forward-looking perspective, given the imperative of sustaining and increasing the support on adaptation to the vulnerable developing countries, particularly the least developed countries and small island developing states. The event will discuss the important next steps for making progress towards the overarching Convention goals, including ongoing and planned efforts, notably outstanding implementation of the NAPAs, NAP process, the evolving financial mechanism, and the need to capitalize on the knowledge already generated through the GEF adaptation program and other efforts. >>MORE

December 09

14:30 - 16:00

IETA Pavilion,
COP 20 Venue

High-Level Dialogue on Public & Private Green Financial Innovations

In order to achieve climate investment goals, new financial mechanisms with the potential for scaling, need to be demonstrated and validated. Public and private sector partners are already creating innovative new mechanisms for climate finance in several sectors, including forests, agriculture, energy, and adaptation. The GEF has a core mission to demonstrate innovative approaches and help promote their adoption and scaling up across developing country partners. To realize this mission, GEF is launching a US110-million non-grant pilot to attract proposals from public and private sector stakeholders that will demonstrate innovative financing mechanism to promote sustainable development and global environmental benefits. Join us for this event that will bring together public and private sector leaders to discuss recent financial innovations, potential for scaling, and future opportunities to enhance the global imperative of directing private finance towards low-carbon investments. >>MORE

December 10

18:30 - 20:00

Paracas Rm-300, COP 20 Venue

Sustainable Cities to Address Global Environmental Benefits 

Cities are a crucial to address drivers of global environmental degradation: urbanization, rising middle class, and population growth. The role of cities for sustainable development cannot be overstated. Across the world many mayors are already starting new ways of running cities, less wasteful of energy and materials and more mindful of nature and environment. To support these new ways of running cities, the GEF is launching a $100-million integrated program on sustainable cities that will demonstrate innovative models of sustainable urban management and high impact investment. This side event aims to share insights on how to advance global environmental benefits through sustainable cities by bringing together leaders from cities, the private sector, national government and multilateral development banks. >>MORE


GEF Delegates at COP20

  • Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO
  • Gustavo Fonseca
  • William Ehlers
  • Robert Dixon
  • Rawleston Moore
  • Patrizia Cocca
  • Chizuru Aoki
  • David Rodgers
  • Xiaomei Tan
  • Roland Sundstrom
  • Sogdiana Azhibenova
  • Sahila Dobardzic
  • Camila Florez
  • Monica Fernandes
  • Claus Astrup
  • Elif Kiratli
  • Dustin Schinn

Media Contact in Lima

Patrizia Cocca, pcocca@thegef.org, Tel. +1 202-569-4051