GEF 42nd council Meeting
The 42nd GEF Council Meeting was held in Washington DC from 5 – 7 June 2012. This meeting was important as a number of key decisions were made including the appointment of a new GEF CEO, approval of a record work programme and the progress in enabling CSOs to get direct access to GEF funds.
GEF NGO Network organized a range of meetings in Washington DC in association with the 42nd GEF Council as follows:
2 June - Meeting of GEF NGO Network Coordination Committee (CC)
The CC meeting was attended by eleven out of the fifteen currently elected Regional Focal Points and two Indigenous Peoples Focal Points. The meeting discussed a range of matters including the status and development of network membership, strengthening partnership with GEFSEC, strengthening the operation of the Network, and preparation for GEF-CSO consultation and the GEF Council meetings. Among the important decisions made are :
- Splitting the Network region of West and Central Africa into two separate regions.
- Approving other changes in the boundaries of Network regions to bring them more in line with GEF regions.
- Approving the initiation of elections in four regions: Pacific, West Asia, South America and the new Central Africa Region.
- Setting some targets for network activities including review of the implementation of the GEF Public involvement policy.
- Approving the framework for a proposal to be submitted to GEF on capacity building for CSOs to address global environment issues and implement GEF-related conventions.
- Measures to strengthen the role of Indigenous Peoples' Focal Points in the Network, including welcoming new IPFPs from Asia and Latin America
3 June - Preparatory meeting for the GEF-CSO consultation
This meeting was attended by 33 representatives from CSOs and the meeting discussed some of the key issues on the agenda of the 42nd GEF Council meeting, namely,
1. GEF Principles and Guidelines for engagement with Indigenous Peoples
2. GEF Annual Performance Report 2011
3. GEF Work Program
4. GEF Secretariat Recommendations of Project Agencies for Accreditation
The meeting also discussed GEF NGO Network matters including membership development, network operation and the d
evelopment of an MSP for civil society capacity development. Breakout groups discussed the process to develop guidelines for Public Involvement in GEF programmes and to identify potential steps for implementation of GEF Principles and Guidelines for engagement with Indigenous Peoples. Click here for the agenda.
4 June - GEF Council-CSO Consultation
This meeting was attended by more than 120 representatives from civil society, GEF Council members GEF Agencies and the GEF Secretariat. The meeting included a one hour dialogue between civil society and the GEF CEO and four panel sessions to debate key issues related to GEF Public Involvement Policy and GEF Principles & Guidelines for engagement with Indigenous Peoples, Rio+20 and GEF Fifth Overall Performance Study. The meeting also discussed the study on the financing needs for biodiversity convention and mercury negotiations. The meeting was very interactive with active inputs from Council members as well as CSOs. View the agenda and consultation report.
5 – 7 June – 42nd GEF Council Meeting
More than 25 CSO representatives observed the GEF Council sessions by rotation and six formal network position papers/statements were presented to the council on the agenda items as follows :
For the Work Program, the Network highlighted the poor inclusion of CSOs in the preparation of the programs and Project Identification Forms (PIFs) adopted by the council. The GEF Council adopted a work programme of over $5 billion of projects including $667 Million from GEF and $4.4 billion in co-funding. Specific comments from the respective Network Regional Focal points on the lack of specified civil society involvement in a number of the projects and programmes have been forwarded to the respective GEF agencies for follow up and action. The Council meeting also approved the further processing of 11 additional GEF project agencies including five CSOs - namely: WWF, IUCN, Conservation International, International Federation of the Red Cross and FUNBIO, Brazil.
The next GEF council and Consultation meetings will be held as follows:
- GEF CSO Preparation Meeting, 11 Nov 2012
- GEF Council CSO Consultation, 12 Nov 2012
- GEF Council Meeting, 13-15 Nov 2012