In October 2014, the GEF Council approved the Policy on Cancellation of Projects and Uncommitted Program Funds. The Policy aims to improve the GEF's operational efficiency by requiring effective management of the portfolio, providing incentives for the timely preparation, processing and implementation of projects, and clarifying criteria and requirements for the cancellation or suspension of projects.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has a long
history of investing in local actions geared toward
social inclusion to achieve global environmental
objectives. Mainstreaming gender1 through GEF
programs and projects presents opportunities for
enhancing project value as well as advancing gender
equality and women’s empowerment.
The GEF is committed to furthering its systematic
engagement addressing gender mainstreaming
during GEF-6, based on the GEF Policy on Gender
Mainstreaming2, which was adopted by the GEF
The GEF Communication and Visibility Policy, which is applied in conjunction with the 2009 corporate identity guidelines, provides clear guidance as to how or when the GEF’s contribution, including its logo, should be used in public documents and in outreach materials, including contractual arrangements between GEF Agencies and the recipients of GEF funds.
Consistent application of the Policy will keep the brand identity of GEF strong, support a consistent visual identity and image and enhance GEF visibility in recipient countries and around the world.
From the GEF's inception, during its Pilot Phase, the NGOs have been active in shaping its policies and projects. Accordingly, the relationship between the GEF Council, the GEF Secretariat and grass roots civil society organizations (CSOs) has regularly been critically examined and evaluated. Subsequent GEF documents and decisions have reaffirmed and expanded that role.
GEF provides funding for projects through grants and non-grants.
The roles and responsibilities of the GEF Agencies were clarified in 2010 through an annex to the Policy Recommendations for the Fifth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund, which was approved by the GEF Council on May 24, 2010 as part of the Summary of Negotiations of the Fifth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund.”
GEF investments are predicated on the delivery of global environmental benefits in biodiversity, climate change mitigation, international waters, land degradation and forests, and chemicals and waste. Increasingly, GEF is seeking to deliver multiple environmental benefits through integrated investments across the various dimensions of the global environment.
Global environmental benefits resulting from GEF’s biodiversity financing include:
The GEF Instrument is the foundational governing document of the Global Environment Facility, which sets out the GEF’s governing bodies – the GEF Assembly and the GEF Council – and establishes three of the core GEF entities – the GEF Secretariat, the GEF Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP).
It also identifies the three Agencies that serve as Implementing Agencies of the GEF – the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
In June 2007, at its 31st meeting, the GEF Council approved a set of minimum fiduciary standards recommended by the Trustee. The approved standards constitute the basis for the GEF’s Policy on Fiduciary Standards. In April 2008, at its 33rd meeting, the GEF agreed that a third party expert would review the compliance of all ten GEF Agencies against the agreed standards.
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|Author:||Grant Thornton/ GEF Secretariat|
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