GEF Council

The Council is the GEF’s governing board of directors, responsible for developing, adopting, and evaluating policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. The directors are referred to as Council members, who represent 32 GEF constituencies– 16 from developing countries, 14 from developed countries, and two from countries with economies in transition. 

Among its tasks, the GEF Council: keeps operations under review; ensures regular monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs, operational strategies and projects; reviews and approves the work program; directs the utilization of funds; reviews the availability of resources, and; act as the focal point to the Conferences of the Parties of major Environmental Conventions. 

The GEF Council should not be confused with the GEF Assembly. The Council is a shorter meeting of high level (but not ministerial) representatives from the 32 GEF constituencies.

The Council takes place twice a year, for two or three days in order to develop, adopt and evaluate GEF activities. Council decisions are taken by consensus mostly during the meeting days, but may also happen by mail correspondence if necessary.  

Council meetings are open to Council Members, Council Alternate Members, and the GEF CEO or his/her representative. Two advisors may accompany each Council Member. Representatives from each of the participant countries are invited as observers.

Representatives from the Civil Society Organizations, Implementing Agencies, the Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), and the Environmental Conventions are also invited to attend the Council meetings. 

All Council Meetings are webcasted live.