Delivering Transformational Change: The Journey of the Global Environment Facility looks back over the two terms of CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii. It also looks forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead. Over the last eight years, the GEF has focused on drivers, or root causes, of environmental degradation, and not only their consequences. It has developed ambitious, hopefully transformative, programs and projects that embody the "integrated" approach. It has promoted multi-stakeholder partnerships, as no single entity on its own can promote large-scale systems change. And the GEF has upgraded its business standards, policies and procedures to support implementation toward impactful outcomes.
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The GEF will deploy scarce financial resources where they can be most helpful to all stakeholders—governments, businesses, communities, researchers—to accelerate climate action. Learn more about the GEF’s work in climate change mitigation and adaptation through this publication, as we seek to support and scale climate change solutions in pursuit of systemic transformation.
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. As a complementary publication to the GEF’s annual report, this booklet summarizes all guidance to the GEF dating from the first COP to COP24 and the corresponding GEF responses.
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 report provides an overview of a number of successful initiatives on climate change adaptation that UNDP supported in sub-Saharan Africa from 2000 to 2015. These signposts lay the groundwork needed to tap Africa’s vast resources and human talents to transform the continent and ensure a brighter future for generations to come, while at the same time providing valuable insights into global efforts to mainstream and accelerate climate actions in Africa and across the globe.
In 2014, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) released a report celebrating achievements through its partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Since then, the world has been responding to critical environmental and climate challenges. In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were endorsed, confirming a new development paradigm that aims to move on from silos to integrated approaches, and significantly stepping up ambitions to eliminate rather than only reduce hunger, poverty and other global challenges. The Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) also bound countries to take urgent actions to reduce global warming.
This report is a learning product from the UNDP’s Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA), a four-year programme supporting work in 11 African least developed countries with US$50 million from the Global Environment Facility’s Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). As such, it builds on the expertise of the CIRDA technical team, the products of several workshops, and initial consultations between CIRDA experts and public and private representatives of CIRDA-supported countries. The vision described here is closely related to the work plan and activities of the CIRDA programme.
This publication is a joint effort by the GEF partnership to showcase some of the insights gained from the now substantial portfolio of GEF-funded adaptation projects.