Summary of achievements at GEF Council November 2009
15 November 2009
Results from the GEF Council Meeting
Some of the key issues and results of importance to Civil Society included at the GEF Council meeting in November 2009.
- Small Grants Programme (SGP). The GEF NGO Network was asked to make its statement before the statements by any of the Council members. Our statement was an important contributor to the final decision made by the Council and was supported by statements by more than 10 council members. The future of the SGP appears to be secure and special effort will be made to ensure that there is a smooth transition to arrangements under GEF 5 in July 2010. There was strong support from Some council members for a minimum core funding of $200 Million for SGP in GEF 5 ( versus $110 million in GEF 4) to enable effective implementation. The allocation will be finally decided in February 2010 – as part of the replenishment. Building on concerns raised by the network it was agreed that there will be a further review and report presented to the June 2010 council on the progress to secure funding for SGP in GEF 5 and ensure a smooth transition. UNDP is planning to organise a meeting in January 2010 to start of the transition preparation process.
- STAR. A new GEF resource allocation mechanism (STAR) to replace the current ( and problematic) RAF was agreed in principle for GEF 5 incorporating a number of significant changes to previous arrangements. The major changes are that every country will receive an allocation of funds with the minimum at $4 million for the 4 year GEF 5 period. Funds will be allocated to countries for Biodiversity, climate change and land degradation focal areas. Funds for chemicals, Ozone and International waters will be allocated on a global level. The 55 countries with the smallest allocations will be able to mix their resources from all three focal areas to make one or more projects of their choosing. A set aside of up to 20% will be made to cover regional and global activities, sustainable forest management and enabling activities. This will give more flexibility to provide incentives to countries for regional and global cooperation. The details will be reviewed in June 2010.
- Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness - the meeting did not agree that GEF would formally adhere to the Paris declaration but rather that GEF would work in conformity with the principles of the Paris declaration and the associated Accra Agenda for Action. This may be another tool to support effective stakeholder engagement at the country level including the engagement of civil society.
- SCCF/LDCF Council. The main issues discussed were the proposed framework for results based management which was adopted and the Report on the evaluation of the LDCF prepared by DANIDA in cooperation with the GEF EO. Several countries echoed our comments to the SCCF/LDCF council - in particular supporting the call for provision of significant funds, strengthening the participants from LDCs and conventions in the SCCF/LDCF Council and opening up more opportunities for civil society in implementation. There will be a further SCCF/LDCF Financing meeting in February 2010.
Fourth Meeting on the 5th GEF Replenishment
- GEF Replenishment. The major issue in the replenishment meeting was to review the revised GEF 5 Policy Document and the GEF 5 programming document. In general the revised documents were supported except for concerns by some countries on perceived prescriptive requirements for GEF National Committees and associated GEF Business plans. The proposal to develop a new strategy to enhance civil society participation in GEF 5 was widely supported and has been included in the final paper. The key issue ids the level of the replenishment. The Network has been advocating for a tripling of GEF resources from the current $3.1 Billion to $9 billion. Recipient countries and the GEF Secretariat support the $9 billion replenishment – but many donor countries appear to be pushing for a replenishment of $5-6 billion which is a significant improvement – but not enough to meet the needs. More work is needed to pressure countries to provide adequate support. The final replenishment meeting will be held in Rome in February 2010.
- Next GEF meetings
The 2010 meetings of GEF Council will be as follows:
24 May 2010 (Special Council session immediately prior to the GEF Assembly in Uruguay)
29 June - 1 July, 2010 Washington DC
15-18 November Washington DC Prior to the UNFCCC COP 16 in Mexico
GEF NGO network - central Focal point, 15 November 2009