What is the GEF
The GEF unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.
Since 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $11.5 billion in grants and leveraging $57 billion in co-financing for over 3,215 projects in over 165 countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 16,030 small grants directly to civil society and community based organizations, totaling $653.2 million. For more information, visit www.thegef.org.
- Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
- UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
- The GEF, although not linked formally to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP), supports implementation of the Protocol in countries with economies in transition.
This publication contains the text of the Instrument for the Establishment of the Restructured Global Environment Facility, as amended by the Second, Third and Fourth GEF Assemblies, published in October 2011.
The publication also includes: a) the decisions of the governing bodies of the three Implementing Agencies approving the Instrument and its amendments, b) the resolutions adopted by the IBRD Executive Directors approving the second, third, fourth and fifth replenishments of the GEF Trust Fund in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010, respectively, and c) the section on Updated Commitments to the GEF Trust Fund by Contributing Participants.