The 55th GEF Council Meeting will be held from 17-20 December 2018 at the Preston auditorium of the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The Council, the GEF's main governing body, comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.
As requested by the GEF Council at its 54th meeting, the upcoming GEF Consultations with Civil Society on the day preceding the Council meeting, will include a dialogue on the issue of “Connecting environmental impact and gender equality”. This dialogue will offer the opportunity to discover and learn directly from CSOs and Indigenous Peoples about their experiences addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment in environmental policies, programs and projects.
A live web stream of the GEF Council Meeting can be seen by clicking below.