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  5th GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) - Second Meeting, June '09
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Post Event Documents:

Some documents presented at this meeting are provided here for your information:

  • NGO Consultation 21-June-2009 - List of Participants DOC 70KB
  • Draft GEF-5 Adaptation Strategy, GEF-NGO Consultations, June 21, 2009 Washington, D.C (by Bonizella Biagini, Coordinator, Adaptation to Climate Change, Global Environment Facility) Powerpoint 0.45MB 
  • Civil Society experiences and vision for SGP - Powerpoint 180KB
  • GEF Strategies in Natural Resources by Gustavo Fonseca (Team Leader), Mark Zimsky (Biodiversity Cluster Coordinator), Andrea Kutter (Land Degradation Cluster Coordinator), Al Duda (International Waters Cluster Coordinator) - Powerpoint 3.21MB
  • GEF and a changing development context by Timothy Geer, WWF International - Powerpoint 726KB
  • GEF governance reforms to enhance effectiveness and civil society engagement by Faizal Parish, GEC, Central Focal Point, GEF NGO Network (Panel A1) - Powerpoint 1.6MB
  • Civil Society Perspectives on the Proposed GEF-5 International Waters Strategy by Flavia Rocha Loures, WWFUS.org - Powerpoint  0.73MB
  • Fourth Overall Performance Study, Interim Report (Evaluation Office, GEF) - Powerpoint 0.31MB
  • Comments on the GEF 5 Strategy on Biodiversity by Pablo Gutman, Senior Economist, WWF - Powerpoint 352KB
  • Case Study: Accessing GEF funding by a local NGO by Pro Natura - Powerpoint 1.4MB
  • Review of GEF 5 focal area strategies- Powerpoint 865KB
  • GEF-SGP: Upgrading and Execution Arrangements for GEF-5 - Powerpoint 1.9MB
  • System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) in GEF5 by Operations and Business Strategy Team - Powerpoint 172KB
  • Civil Society Expectations for the Fifth Replenishment - Summary Statement 22nd June 2009 - Doc 44KB 
  • The Impact of the GEF’s Resource Allocation Framework (RAF) on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) by By Liliana Hisas (FEU-US) - Powerpoint 200KB
  • Top Priority Requests from Civil Society for GEF 5 - Statement to GEF Council, June 24th 2009 - Doc 40KB
  • CSOs and UNDP’s GEF Work by John Hough, Deputy Executive Coordinator (GEF), UNDP - Powerpoint 460KB
  • Proposed Priorities for GEF-5: Climate Change Mitigation by Zhihong Zhang, Ph.D. Coordinator, Climate Change Mitigation, Global Environment Facility - Powerpoint 3MB

 

JOINT SUMMARY OF THE CHAIRS, GEF COUNCIL MEETING, JUNE 22-24, 2009 (Past Event:)

The meeting was opened by Ms. Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer/Chairperson of the Facility. The Council elected Mr. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, the Council Member representing the constituency of Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo as its elected Co-Chair. The Council approved the provisional agenda set forth in document GEF/C.35/1/Rev.2. 

The Council heard statements from Ms. Preety Bhandari, representing Mr. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Mr. Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary, of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Mr. Paul Horwitz, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat, Ms. Marcia Levaggi, Manager of the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat, and Mr. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. The Council approved the following decisions with respect to the items on its agenda. Click here for the full report.

 


Documents have been uploaded for your comments here

The GEF NGO Consultation
Past Event:  
Sunday 21st June 2009, Washington DC, 09.30– 17.30 
 
The GEF NGO Consultation is being held in Washington DC immediately prior to the GEF Council Meeting and the Third meeting on the 5th GEF Replenishment. The objective of the meeting is to facilitate a dialogue on critical issues related to the replenishment and future implementation - especially on governance, focal area strategies and allocation of resources and partnership with civil society. The meeting is open the NGOs, GEF Secretariat, GEF Agencies and GEF Council members. 




Past Event:  GEF NGO Network to organize strategic meeting (15 - 17 April 2009 in Berlin)

The GEF NGO network is holding a three day strategic planning meeting in Berlin from 15-17th April to follow up on key governance and planning g issues. The meeting will follow up key decisions on GEF and Civil Society from the November 2008 GEF Council meeting and will address a number of key issues including:

  • Developing new processes for the expansion, promotion and management of the membership in the Network
  • Strengthening the effectiveness of Network governance processes and communication activities
  • Identifying priorities and options for Civil society involvement and empowerment in the 5th GEF replenishment and its implementation.
  • Review of progress and priorities for implementation of the Network operational Plan and Development of the new NGO Voluntary Fund approved at the last GEF Council meeting.
  • Preparation for the June 2009 GEF Council meeting

The meeting is organized by Coordinating Committee of the GEF NGO Network and attended by members of the Network Coordinating Committee from Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe together with the GEF Secretariat. The meeting is being supported by the GEF Secretariat and various Network members and supporters. Outcomes will be reported at the time of the June 2009 GEF council.  For more details GEF NGO Network Interim Central Focal pointGlobal Environment Centre / Faizal Parish: faizal.parish@gmail.com

 

GEF-5 information at www.gefcso.org
Date: June 21, 2009 (Sunday) 
Time: 09.30 - 17.30 

Venue: World Bank, Eugene R. Black Auditorium (H building), 600 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
 

Update: 23-June-2009

GEF NGO Consultantations 21-June-2009, Washington DC -- email update 
Attachement: Summary of Civil Society Expectations for the Fifth Replenishment.doc

Dear GEF NGO members,

We had a very effective GEF NGO consultation meeting on Sunday with participation of about 70 people from NGOs. GEF Secretariat, GEF Agencies and GEF council members.

The full report and presentations will be available on the network website in a few days.

Please find attached a summary report highlighting key isues relating to the replenishment of GEF which we made available to the meeting of the GEF Council yesterday.

We have been asked to make a more detailed presentation to the council on 24th June. We are also updating our position paper based on comments at the meeting and other feedback received.

In addition we are still requesting observer status in the Replenishment meetings which will be held on 25-26 June.

A key action for network members in the coming weeks is to coordinate at country and regional level and express our views and concerns to our national GEF Focal points and regional council members so that they can provide further input to the replenishment process.

Your further feedback is welcomed.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support.

Regards

Faizal Parish
Global Environment Centre - GEF NGO Network - Central Focal Point

Update: 19-June-2009 

Dear NGO colleagues,

Thank you for attending the Dialogue with the GEF CEO on 1st June 2009 in Bonn, Germany.

We will have our next dialogue in Washington DC on 21st June 2009 (Sunday) where we will have an interactive dialogue with GEF Secretariat, GEF Agencies and Civil Society Organisations on the future of the GEF and the role for Civil Society.  

I attach herewith a copy of the programme of the meeting as well as a registration form and the current GEF NGO position paper which we will be reviewing and refining through the dialogue.  (see webpage below).

Please forward this infomation to other colleagues in Washington and encourage their participation.

Please register to enable easy access at the venue.

If you are unable to attend we welcome your comments as well as your support to raise the understanding of the impaortance for a high repleishment of GEF combined with ongoing reforms.

Regards,
Faizal Parish
Global Environment Centre (CFP GEF NGO Network) 

Update: 12-June-2009 
Re: GEF NGO Consultations Washington DC 21st June 2009

Dear members of the GEF-NGO network,

Further to the position paper of the network on the 5th Replenishment of GEF circulated 2 weeks ago, I am writing to provide you with the schedule of the GEF NGO consultations which will be held in Washington DC immediately prior to the GEF Council meetings on 22-23 June and the GEF replenishment meeting on 25-26th June.

If any of you are planning to be in Washington DC at this time - you ar welcome to attend - but please send an email or submit the registration form to be found on the GEF NGO website.

We believe that this meeting will be very key to advance the views of the network to enahance the inclusion of civil society issues in the future implementaion of GEF.

For those unable to attend we very much need your comments and additional suggestions on the position paper circulated.

If any of you want to review the documents on the GEF replenishment, please see the GEF replenishment section in the GEF website. we will also have these documents available tomorrow on the GEF NGO website.

Looking forward to hearing from you, 

Regards

Faizal Parish
Global Environment Centre - GEF-NGO Network Central Focal Point.

The GEF NGO Consultation
Sunday 21st June 2009, Washington DC, 09.30– 17.30 
 
The GEF NGO Consultation is being held in Washington DC immediately prior to the GEF Council Meeting and the Third meeting on the 5th GEF Replenishment. The objective of the meeting is to facilitate a dialogue on critical issues related to the replenishment and future implementation - especially on governance, focal area strategies and allocation of resources and partnership with civil society. The meeting is open the NGOs, GEF Secretariat, GEF Agencies and GEF Council members. To facilitate logistic arrangements and security access registration for the event is required – by completing a form or sending an email to Pilar Barrera (pbarrera@tnc.org) or Faizal Parish (faizal.parish@gmail.com

GEF NGO Network Members' comments are needed
 
Below are some documents related to the GEF replenishment and we need members to make comments and send by the 21st June 2009 so it can be raised in the consultation meeting (21st) and in the replenishment meeting on 25-26th. Please email your comments to the GEF-NGO Network Central Focal Point,  Faizal Parish (faizal.parish@gmail.com

 

Civil Society Expectations for the Fifth Replenishment of GEF Civil Society Expectations for the Fifth Replenishment of GEF  (GEF-5)

Summary 
 
The Fifth Replenishment of GEF is a critical process and a large replenishment combined with further reforms in governance and programme delivery is essential to addressing the major global environment challenges of climate change, land degradation, biodiversity loss, degradation of international waters and pollution. Civil society has always been both a key target as well as partner in delivery of GEF resources.

There are three major problems – first the Current GEF 4 resources ($0.8 billion/year divided by 140 recipients) are inadequate to meet the current and growing needs to safeguard the global environment – therefore increased funding to at least $2.5 billion per year ( or $10 billion for GEF5) is needed .

Secondly, although progress has recently been made in simplifying the GEF programming cycle and enhancing the engagements of countries in decision making, – there are still further reforms required to ensure that enhanced levels of GEF resources can be effectively disbursed and key stakeholders are adequately consulted in programme design and implementation.

Finally due to changes in the GEF4 mechanisms, in particular the Resource Allocation Framework (RAF), the opportunities for engagement and partnership of civil society organizations were seriously reduced with CSOs receiving 30% less funding in the first two years of GEF5 compared to the same period in GEF4. National NGOs in recipient countries have been particularly impacted. In addition the level of consultation in project planning and approval has been reduced.

The GEF NGO network therefore calls for

  • A high GEF 5 replenishment of at least $10 billion
  • Further reforms in the GEF governance to ensure that civil society is adequately engaged in GEF planning and implementation.
  • Special mechanisms are established to ensure that Civil society at least receive the same proportion of support in GEF 5 compared to GEF2 and GEF 3.

>>> Download to read Final Rev. Document here  (uploaded 18-June-09)
>>> Download to read full document here (   140 KB)

The Impact of the Global  Environment Facility's Resource Allocation Framework on Civil Society Organizations
The Impact of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF)
Resource Allocation Framework (RAF) on
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)


A Joint NGO Report by Universal Ecological Fund
(Fundacion Ecologica Universal FEU-US)
in collaboration with WWF

Download PDF Document (    560 KB)

 

 

 

 

Click to download this notice in PDF formatGEF & GEF NGO Network Activity at UNFCCC SB Meeting, Bonn, Germany
14.00-18.00   1 JUNE 2009  Revised Time & Venue: 1500-1700, Metro Room in Ministry of Transport Building

MARITIM HOTEL BONN, GERMANY

Update 29-May: 
The meeting will take place on June 1, 2009, in METRO Room in Ministry of Transport Building from 15.00-17.00. This is immediately after and in the same building as the CAN Meeting at 2-3pm. 
 
May 28, 2009
Dear members of CAN International and other NGOs at UNFCCC SB meetings,

At the occasion of the June UNFCCC meetings in Bonn, I, CEO of the Global Environment Facility Monique Barbut, jointly with the GEF NGO Central Focal Point Faizal Parish, have the pleasure to invite you for a two hours discussion on the GEF work so far on Climate Change on both mitigation and adaptation, as well as the new GEF strategy under development for the period 2010–2014. The meeting will take place on June 1, 2009, from 14H00 to 16H00 at the Maritim Convention Center.

This, we wish, will also be an opportunity to review the current options for the institutional and operational reforms of the GEF under discussion for the 5th GEF replenishment. These reforms should lead to stronger independence of the GEF, an approach primarily based on country ownership and needs with tight cooperation with national authorities. Full transparency and stakeholder inclusion together with an easier and more direct access to GEF resources for the NGOs are further important topics of the on-going GEF reforms.

We expect this meeting to be a frank and direct discussion with the NGOs involved in global climate change negotiations with the aim of enhancing understanding on the mandate and tangible operations delivered through the GEF.

The exact venue of the meeting will be communicated through a later e-mail and at the Convention Center facilities in the Daily Program and on the monitors. (If you want to be informed send a mail to faizal.parish@gmail.com )

Looking forward for our meeting in Bonn.

Monique Barbut
Chief Executing Officer and Chairperson
Global Environment Facility
Faizal Parish
GEF-NGO Network Central Focal Point
Global Environment Centre

 

Past Event:  GEF NGO Network to organize strategic meeting (15 - 17 April 2009 in Berlin)

The GEF NGO network is holding a three day strategic planning meeting in Berlin from 15-17th April to follow up on key governance and planning g issues. The meeting will follow up key decisions on GEF and Civil Society from the November 2008 GEF Council meeting and will address a number of key issues including:

  • Developing new processes for the expansion, promotion and management of the membership in the Network
  • Strengthening the effectiveness of Network governance processes and communication activities
  • Identifying priorities and options for Civil society involvement and empowerment in the 5th GEF replenishment and its implementation.
  • Review of progress and priorities for implementation of the Network operational Plan and Development of the new NGO Voluntary Fund approved at the last GEF Council meeting.
  • Preparation for the June 2009 GEF Council meeting

The meeting is organized by Coordinating Committee of the GEF NGO Network and attended by members of the Network Coordinating Committee from Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe together with the GEF Secretariat. The meeting is being supported by the GEF Secretariat and various Network members and supporters. Outcomes will be reported at the time of the June 2009 GEF council.  For more details GEF NGO Network Interim Central Focal pointGlobal Environment Centre / Faizal Parish: faizal.parish@gmail.com



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