Highlights and images for 9 June 2016

United States of America


GEF Council members were briefed by representatives from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank at the beginning of the third and final day of the 50th meeting of the GEF Council. Representatives from the three organizations presented on progress to date on the three Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) Programs that their organizations are leading: taking deforestation out of the global commodity supply chain, fostering sustainability and resilience for food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and sustainable cities, respectively. The GEF Council also reviewed and approved the GEF Business Plan and Corporate Budget for the fiscal year 2017, the investment strategy review of the GEF Trust Fund, and the Annual Performance Report 2015 and Management Response.

Participants then convened for the 20th meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)/Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and considered a progress report, Annual Monitoring Review for the fiscal year 2015 and 2015 Annual Evaluation Report of the Funds as well as work programs and budgets for 2017.

At the conclusion of the meetings, Council members reviewed and approved the Joint Summary of the Chairs for the GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF meetings. As indicated in the Joint Summary for the GEF Council meeting, the Council approved its Work Program comprising 38 project concepts and four programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$398.68 million. The programmatic frameworks include a Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development and a project on Leapfrogging Markets to High Efficiency Products. As agreed on the first day of the meeting and included in the Joint Summary of the Chairs, the 50th meeting of the GEF Council also established a new trust fund for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT).

At the close of the meeting, GEF CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii thanked Council members for their input and a rich discussion, which she said would be useful as the Secretariat plans for the seventh replenishment of the GEF (GEF-7). Ishii closed the meeting at 2:05 pm.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage from the GEF Council Consultation Meeting with CSOs, 50th GEF Council Meeting and 20th Meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has also produced a summary video of the event, which is available in HTML and PDF format.
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Integrated Approach Pilot Programs (IAP)

View of the UNDP presentation on IAP

Andrew Bovarnick, UNDP

Margarita Astrálaga, International Fund for Agriculture
Development (IFAD)

Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, World Bank

Xueman Wang, World Bank

Claudia Nordini, Italy

Nicola Speranza, Brazil

Antoinette Macumi, Burundi

Tanyaradzwa Mundoga, Zimbabwe

May Gicquel, France

Mohamed-Yahya Lafdal, Mauritania

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson

Co-Chair Caroline Leclerc, Canada

Budget and Investment Strategy Review of the GEF Trust Fund

Peter Lallas, GEF Secretariat

Praveen Prasad Desabatla
, World Bank

L-R: Francisco Grahammer, Neeraj Kumar Negi and Juha Uitto, Independent Evaluation Office (IEO)

L-R: Jean-Xavier Bourre, Tapiwa Sikipa and Praveen Prasad Desabatla, World Bank

Anton Hilber, Switzerland

Josceline Wheatley
, UK

Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, US

L-R: Roland Sundstrom, GEF Secretariat; Elwyn Grainger-Jones, GEF Secretariat; Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson;
Co-Chair Caroline Leclerc, Canada; and William Ehlers, GEF Secretariat

20th Meeting of the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)

Participants heard a report on the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).

L-R: Saliha Dobardzic, Rawleston Moore and Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat

L-R: Francisco Grahammer, Anna Viggh and Juha Uitto, IEO

Merete Villum Pedersen, Denmark

Jozef Buys, Belgium

Rachna Ramsurn, Mauritius

Comlan Awougnon, Togo

Anders Wallberg, Sweden

Kees Rade, the Netherlands

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, closed the GEF50 meeting at 2:05 pm.


Negotiating blocs
Least Developed Countries