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2nd Quarter
(June 2012) 

 GEF-NGO Network is an independent network of civil society organisations which acts as a bridge between civil society and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) - the largest global financing mechanism for the environment.


Greetings from the GEF NGO Network!  We present here our second quarter 2012 newsletter to keep you updated on the GEF Network activities, news from the Network regions and Indigenous Peoples Focal Points, news on GEF and upcoming events. Happy reading. 


 News from Central Focal Point     

GEF Council - CSO Consultation Meeting, 4 June 2012,  Washington DC

More than 120 representatives from civil society, GEF Council members GEF Agencies and the GEF Secretariat attended the consultation meeting on the 4 June 2012 in Washington DC, held prior to the 42nd GEF Council Meeting. 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.  Click here to view the report.


42nd GEF Council Meeting, 5-7 June 2012, Washington DC

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.  Click here for the report on the Network activities during the meeting.


Update on Network Membership

The Network welcomed 15 new members to the Network in June 2012. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 474 members. Click here for the membership breakdown according to regions and focal areas.

News from Network Regions
Europe - Block on German funds for the GEF in FY 2012 lifted

In the last 3 months, the GEF NGO Network and WWF Germany have successfully persuaded Germany to lift its April block of 2012 funds for the GEF Trust Fund, which was instigated by the United States having only paid 70% of its annual installment to the GEF. As a consequence and adhering to the Federal Budget Act, Germany had to block its overdue payment. Read more >>

Southern Africa - "Step Up Efforts to Protect Biodiversity," says South African Environment Minister.

Pretoria - Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has called on all South Africans to step up efforts to protect biodiversity, which supports a massive proportion of the country's livelihood.  Read more >>



North AfricaThe Role of Climate Induced Displacement on Socio Economic Development  

During the Rio+20 conference, RAED organised a side event to discuss the role of climate induced displacement on socio economic development, particularly of communities in MENA countries on 17 June 2012.  Read more >>



South America  - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Lima, Peru

The GEF Secretariat brought together representatives from 9 countries  (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay) in the South America region to the ECW held on 22-24 May 2012 in Lima, Peru. The 3-day meeting was intensive and interactive and was enhanced by the diversity of perspectives brought by the CSOs. It also provides opportunity to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks.


Eastern Europe & Central Asia  - $3.5 million project on POPs launched in Georgia   

The United Nations Development Programme and the Georgian Ministry of Environment Protection have launched a three-year, $3.5 million project (with financial support from GEF), intended to reduce the decades-long accumulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs)Read more.

News from Indigenous Peoples  

GEF adopts new guidelines to enhance engagement with IPs

Washington DC, June 7, 2012 – The GEF adopted a new guidelines for engagement with IPs during the 42nd Council Meeting. The "Principles and Guidelines for engagement with IPs" includes mechanisms which will promote greater and relevant participation by IPs in the GEF. The IP representatives to the meeting acknowledged the GEF's commitment to develop a right's-based policy paper but call for the development of the guidelines into a policy. 

IP's statement on GEF Principles and Guidelines on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples


  Indigenous peoples insist on rights-based approaches and respect for traditional knowledge and practices in Rio+20 outcomes  

Rio de Janeiro, 20 June -  Indigenous peoples from all over the came together at the Rio+20 global summit to put forward their own solutions for sustainable development and to flag serious risks associated with government ‘green’ proposals. Read more>> 

Indigenous Peoples' Terra Livre Declaration at Rio +20

Kari-Oca II Declaration


Indigenous Peoples Global Conference on Rio+20 and Mother Earth

News on GEF  

GEF Council Names Dr. Naoko Ishii New GEF CEO 

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2012 – The governing Council of the Global Environment Facility today named Dr. Naoko Ishii of Japan to be the CEO and Chairperson of the GEF, choosing a senior official in Japan's Ministry of Finance with extensive experience in international institutions and global environmental issues. Read more >>

View GEF NGO Network comments on the appointment.


GEF Council approves record US$607 million for projects  

Washington D.C, June 7, 2012 – The Global Environment Facility's governing Council today completed its 42nd meeting approving the largest work program to date for addressing global environmental challenges. Read more >>




GEF Council Launches Accreditation of 11 Institutions, Including Civil Society Organizations, to serve as GEF Project Agencies

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2012 – The governing Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched the accreditation process for 11 national, regional and civil society agencies. Upon completion of the process, these agencies will be eligible to implement GEF-financed environmental projects, marking a significant expansion of the GEF’s team of partner organizations working to improve the global environment. Read more >>




Small Grant Programme celebrates its 20th Anniversary

The GEF Small Grant Programme celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year by publishing a publication entitled "20 years : Community Action for the Global Environment". Click below to download the publication.

Upcoming Highlights    

Upcoming GEF's Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

The upcoming ECWs in the third quarter of 2012 are as follows :

ECW Fiji

Date : Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - Thursday, July 12, 2012 
Venue: Sofitel Hotel, Nadi, Fiji 
Eligible Countries : Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu   
Regional GEF CSO's meeting for Southern Africa, Maputo, Mozambique, 31 July 2012


The GEF ECW for Southern African based stakeholders which  is scheduled to be held from 1 to 3 August 2012 will be preceded by a CSOs meeting on 31st July 2012 where an approximate number of 25 CSOs representatives will meet to share ideas and be oriented with GEF as a funding mechanism as well as a partner in providing support to the needs and aspirations of environmental protection, preservation and development. To know more >>

 ECW Mozambique

Date : Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 - Friday, Aug 3, 2012  
Venue: Maputo, Mozambique 
Eligible Countries :  Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.   

ECW Armenia

Date : Wednesday, Sept 25, 2012 - Friday, Sept 27, 2012  
Venue: Yerevan, Armenia 
Eligible Countries :  Azerbajian, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Switzerland, Tajiskistan, Turkmenistan , Uzkebistan, Armenia, Belarus and Russian Federation. 

For further information and application click here. 




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Be a Member
If you are an NGO which has working experience in GEF focal areas, we encourage you to apply to be a member of the GNN. Being a member will help your organisation be involved in GEF policy  decisions and provide you with a network of other NGOs to work with. Click here to apply.
Help the GEF NGO Network build a rich network of people, organisations, information and knowledge to share with other NGOs. Contribute articles and publications and be an active member of the Network.
If you have any feedback or comments about the GNN or GEF website or anything related to the GNN, we would love to hear from you! The network relies on active participation from its members and your feedback is important for us to improve.


About the GEF NGO Network

The GEF NGO Network is an independent Network of civil society organizations (CSOs) established in 1995 to facilitate civil society inputs to GEF processes. The GEF-NGO Network comprises nearly 500 member organizations with experience and expertise in GEFs areas of work from all regions around the world. It is governed by a global Coordination Committee composed of representatives of elected Regional Focal Point organisations from 16 geographic regions and three Indigenous Peoples Focal Points from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The day-to-day work of the Network is coordinated by a Central Focal Point (CFP) elected from among the Coordination Committee members. It has been recognised by the GEF Council and GEF Secretariat as a key entity in the work of the GEF. For more information, please visit www.gefcso.org.  


About the Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organisations, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants.
Since 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $10.5 billion in grants and leveragin $51billion in co-financing for over 2,700 projects in over 165 countries. Through its Small grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 14,000 small grants directly to civil society and community Organisation, totaling $634 million. For more information, please visit www.thegef.org

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