This publication contains the text of the Instrument for the Establishment of the Restructured GEF, as amended by the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth GEF Assemblies. The publication also includes the decisions of the governing bodies of the three Implementing Agencies approving the Instrument and its amendments. The publication includes the resolutions adopted by the IBRD Executive Directors approving the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh replenishments of the GEF Trust Fund in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 respectively. Finally, the publication concludes with a section on Updated Commitments to the GEF Trust Fund by Contributing Participants.
The GEF supports adaptation to climate change in developing countries through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), which supports urgent, medium and long-term adaptation needs in least developed countries (LDCs), and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), accessible by all developing countries. Established in 2001 at United Nations Climate Change Conference COP7, the two funds also support implementation of the Paris Agreement.
This publication tells the story of a new direction in the GEF Partnership. The aim is clear—to go beyond business as usual and turn the tide of global environmental loss.
With innovation, integration and transformation at its core, GEF-7 Programming seeks maximum impact. Simultaneously, a new set of policies has been developed that aims to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the GEF. The Corporate Scorecard periodically reports on various metrics through which the GEF-7 portfolio is being monitored.
The GEF Council approved a new GEF Policy on Gender Equality (GEF, 2017c) in November 2017. The Policy marks GEF’s increased ambition to ensure gender equality and promote women’s empowerment across its operations. The new Policy responds to the recommendations of the Independent Evaluation Office’s Evaluation of Gender Mainstreaming in the GEF (GEF, 2017a), which was endorsed by GEF Council in May 2017, which found that “there has only been a limited increase in the percentage of projects rated gender sensitive or gender mainstreamed.”