The GEF continually incorporates guidance from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties into its programs and operations, as described annually in its report to the COP. This booklet summarizes all guidance to the GEF dating from the first COP to COP25 and the corresponding GEF responses. This publication provides full documentation of the evolution of GEF activities and policies as informed by guidance from the COP.
The yearly COPs have provided an opportunity for Parties to update and renew their guidance to the GEF. To date, there have been 114 UNFCCC COP decisions and 392 paragraphs that offer guidance to the GEF. In addition, the Conferences of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) have issued eight decisions and 17 paragraphs as guidance to the GEF.
The COP guidance and GEF responses contained in this booklet are presented in reverse chronological order, starting with COP25 and ending with COP1. The first chapter is updated annually to reflect the most recent COP guidance; however, sections corresponding to earlier COPs remain as published in prior years.