On April 25, 2018, close to 30 countries jointly pledged $4.1 billion to the Global Environment Facility to better protect the future of the planet and human well-being. With the health of the global environment worsening, the GEF has received strong support for its new four-year investment cycle, known as GEF-7, to help safeguard the world’s forests, land, water, climate, and oceans, build green cities, protect threatened wildlife, and tackle new environmental threats like marine plastic pollution.
The replenishment process
At its 51st meeting in October 2016, the GEF Council requested the Trustee, in cooperation with the Secretariat, to initiate discussions on the seventh replenishment of resources of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-7). The replenishment meetings provided an opportunity for contributing participants to review GEF performance and evaluate progress, assess future funding needs, and agree on a financing framework.
- First meeting: Paris, France, March 28-30, 2017
- Second meeting: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 3-5, 2017
- Third meeting: Brasília, Brazil, January 23-25, 2018
- Fourth meeting: Stockholm, Sweden, April 25, 2018
Invited participants are existing and potential contributing participants, four representatives from non-donor recipient countries representing Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, two NGO/CSO representatives each representing a donor country-based NGO/CSO and another representing a recipient country, two representatives of the private sector, and representatives of GEF agencies and the conventions for which the GEF serves as a financial mechanism.