With innovation, integration and transformation at its core, GEF-7 Programming seeks maximum impact. Simultaneously, a new set of policies has been developed that aims to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the GEF. The Corporate Scorecard periodically reports on various metrics through which the GEF-7 portfolio is being monitored.
This publication captures the GEF Small Grant Programme's (SGP) experiences and lessons learned on plastics management, spanning not only the area of chemical and waste management, but also international waters and biodiversity conservation.
The Small Grants Programme (SGP) is a corporate programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that finances community-led initiatives to address global environmental and sustainable development issues.
Launched in 1992, it is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the GEF Partnership. It is specifically designed to generate local action by empowering civil society organizations (CSOs) and poor and vulnerable communities, including indigenous peoples and women.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the 11th goal particularly relevant to cities. SDG 11 commits the world to making “cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” Building on the SDGs, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) adopted at the 2016 Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, sets out a 20-year road map for the sustainable urban development of cities and municipalities. The document focuses on improving residents’ social, cultural, and environmental well-being.
Women make up half of the world’s population and are fundamental to the achievement of global environmental benefits and the Sustainable Development Goals. As primary caretakers of households and communities, women have highly specialized and valuable knowledge for the conservation and management of natural resources. At the same time, they are often the most impacted by environmental degradation and climate-related events. At its core, the Small Grants Programme believes that women are important agents of change and should be meaningfully involved in environmental programming.
The GEF Council approved a new GEF Policy on Gender Equality (GEF, 2017c) in November 2017. The Policy marks GEF’s increased ambition to ensure gender equality and promote women’s empowerment across its operations. The new Policy responds to the recommendations of the Independent Evaluation Office’s Evaluation of Gender Mainstreaming in the GEF (GEF, 2017a), which was endorsed by GEF Council in May 2017, which found that “there has only been a limited increase in the percentage of projects rated gender sensitive or gender mainstreamed.”