Our numbers tell a story about the depth and breadth of the GEF’s activities: In its 24-year history, the GEF has invested $14.5 billion directly, and leveraged $75.4 billion in additional resources, for 3,946 projects in 167 countries.
Rooted in our role as a financial mechanism for the Rio Conventions and other multilateral agreements, the GEF is uniquely placed to help buttress the health of the global commons—the planet’s finite environmental resources, from land and forests to oceans and the atmosphere—which are essential for a thriving world.
Climate change affects every nation and every person. Droughts, violent storms, sea-level rise and other changes are destabilizing critical ecosystems, undermining economic activity and jeopardizing livelihoods across the globe. The climate is a vital Earth system, that if compromised will put everyone’s future prosperity and well-being at risk.
Urgent action is needed to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions, invest in adaptation and build resilience to the growing impacts of our rapidly warming world.
Cities consume over two-thirds of global energy supply, and are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Cities are also uniquely vulnerable to climate change: 14 of the world’s 19 largest cities are located in port areas. Climate change adds to the urgency of sustainable urban planning and management, and to the an already broad set of challenges for many city governments revolving around providing jobs, services and housing to growing urban populations
A GEFSTAP advisory document.
Report for the GEF Council (June-October 2015)
In response to this growing crisis and to the international call for action, the GEF in June 2015 launched the flagship “Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development” program. A $90 million grant from the GEF is helping to mobilize an additional $513 million from a wide range of partners, including the Governments of participating countries, GEF Agencies, bilateral and multilateral donors, foundations, the private sector and civil society.
Mainstreaming gender through GEF programs and projects presents opportunities to increase the effectiveness of its investment in enhancing global environmental benefits. The GEF recognizes gender equality as an important social goal in and of itself, with associated implications for the projects that receive GEF support. The GEF aims to achieve global environmental benefits and sustainable development by promoting issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment.