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.
Multilateral Environmental Agreements Dialogue
On December 16, 2019, at the margins of the 57nd GEF Council, the GEF held the Fifth Informal Dialogue with Secretariats of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). The dialogue was chaired by Ms. Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, and attended by the following representatives from the MEA Secretariats:
- Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
- Ms. Rossana Silva-Repetto, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention on Mercury
- Mr. Franck Moser, Programme Officer, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm (via video)
Mr. Basile van Havre, co-chair of the Open-ended Intersessional Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework also participated in the panel discussion. Other participants included various GEF Council Members and country representatives, as well as representatives from the GEF Secretariat and GEF Agencies.
The event discussed the “2020 super year”, where institutions stand and what can be done to deliver on its promises. It highlighted the challenges and opportunities of creating a coherent political momentum across MEAs to spur unprecedented collective action to address the climate, biodiversity and sustainable development crises. Stressing that 2020 was an opportunity for all international environmental regimes, it explored ways to improve collaboration and enhance synergies across conventions and to deliver on a new deal for nature and people.
Good Practice Briefs
The Good Practice Briefs were produced by the GEF Secretariat in collaboration with relevant GEF Agencies. Shared at the 57th Council meeting, this pilot series identifies good practice examples from the GEF project portfolio, in line with key GEF2020 strategic priorities and GEF-7 programming directions and policy recommendations.
|GEF/C.57/JointSummary||Joint Summary of the Chairs|
|GEF/C.57/Inf.01/Rev.01||Provisional List of Documents|
|GEF/C.57/Inf.02||GEF Council Members, Alternates, and Constituencies|
|GEF/C.57/Inf.03||GEF-7 Corporate Scorecard: December 2019|
|GEF/C.57/Inf.04||The Strength of the GEF Partnership: Progress Report|
|GEF/C.57/Inf.05||Guidelines on GEF’s Policy on Environmental and Social Safeguards|
|GEF/C.57/Inf.06||Progress Report on the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency|
|GEF/C.57/Inf.07||Update Report on Reflows to the GEF Trust Fund from the Non-Grant Instrument Portfolio|
|GEF/C.57/Inf.08||GEF Trust Fund Financial Report|
|GEF/C.57/Inf.09||GEF-CSO Network Report to GEF Council December 2018-November 2019|
|GEF/ME/C.57/01||Semi-Annual Evaluation Report of The Independent Evaluation Office: December 2019|
|GEF/ME/C.57/02||Strategic Country Cluster Evaluation of The Small Island Developing States|
|GEF/ME/C.57/03||A Methodological Approach for Post-Completion Verification|
|GEF/ME/C.57/04||Management Response to the Semi-Annual Evaluation Report of The Independent Evaluation Office: December 2019|
|GEF/ME/C.57/inf.01||The IEO Stakeholder Engagement and Knowledge Needs Assessment: Survey Results|
|GEF/STAP/C.57/Inf.01||Report of the Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP)|
|GEF/STAP/C.57/Inf.02||Land Degradation Neutrality: Guidelines for GEF Projects, A STAP Document|
|GEF/STAP/C.57/Inf.03||Guidelines for the application of the “Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality”|
|GEF/STAP/C.57/Inf.04||Theory of Change Primer|
|GEF/STAP/C.57/Inf.05||Theory of Change: A Short Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography|
|GEF/STAP/C.57/Inf.06||Earth Observation and the GEF|
|GEF/STAP/C.57/Inf.07||Harnessing the Benefits of Blockchain for the Delivery of Global Environmental Benefits|
Full Video Playlist
GEF Live is a partnership between the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate global partnership program. The interactive media hub was in session throughout the 57th GEF Council at the World Bank Group HQ in Washington, DC, from December 16-19, 2019. GEF Live is an opportunity for Council participants and invitees to engage in conversation with a global online audience and share ideas and solutions to some of our planet’s most urgent environmental problems.
Through Connect4Climate’s online platforms, GEF Live hosted a series of live-streamed interviews on Facebook and Twitter during the four-day event. The program included GEF’s government partners, agency representatives, civil society leaders, and GEF specialists on climate change, oceans, biodiversity, illegal wildlife trade, and more.
You can follow the event on Twitter by using the hashtag #GEFLive.
Monday, December 16
- 10:00 - Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, with Noreyana Fernando
- 10:30 - Steven Broad, Executive Director of TRAFFIC, with GEF biodiversity specialist Jaime Cavelier
- 11:00 - Kaddu Sebunya, CEO of Africa Wildlife Foundation, with GEF partnerships coordinator Pilar Barrera
Tuesday, December 17
- 12:00 - Kevin Rabinovitch, VP of Sustainability at Mars, Incorporated, with Melinda Wood
- 12:30 - Helen Crowley, Conservation International Fellow, with Melinda Wood
- 13:00 - Laure Katz, Blue Nature Senior Director and Technical Director for the Ocean Fund, Center for Oceans at Conservation International, with Melinda Wood
- 13:30 - Lucy Mulenkei, Executive Director of Indigenous Information Network, with the GEF’s Sarah Wyatt
- 14:00 - Giovanni Reyes, President of the Philippine ICCA Consortium, with the GEF's Sarah Wyatt
- 14:30 - Elizabeth Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary for the Convention on Biological Diversity, with Melinda Wood
Wednesday, December 18
- 13:30 - Lauren Gisnas, Senior Advisor at Norad and GEF Council Member for Norway, with Noreyana Fernando
- 14:00 - Rosina Bierbaum, Head of the GEF Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), with Noreyana Fernando
- 14:30 - Rossana Silva Repetto, Executive Secretary of the Minamata Convention, with Noreyana Fernando
- 14:45 - Julio Inglês Ferreira, Advisor to the Minister of the Environment of Angola, with Noreyana Fernando
- 15:00 - Carola van Rijnsoever, Director, Inclusive Green Growth and Ambassador, Sustainable Development for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, with Noreyana Fernando
Thursday, December 19
- 12:00 - Juha I. Uitto, Director, GEF Independent Evaluation Office, with Noreyana Fernando
- 12:30 - Aloke Barnwal, Lead of GEF Sustainable Cities Impact Program, with Noreyana Fernando
- 13:30 - Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Director of Programs, with Noreyana Fernando
- 14:00 - Francoise Clottes, GEF Director of Strategy and Operations, with Noreyana Fernando