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The Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Network of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), now known as the GEF-CSO Network, was established in May, 1995.

It was the result of a GEF Council decision to establish a formal dialogue and partnership between NGOs worldwide and the GEF Secretariat, the GEF Council, the GEF Assembly and various partner agencies. The GEF-CSO Network is made up of GEF-accredited organizations1 whose work in environment and sustainable development is aligned with the GEF mandate.

The GEF-CSO Network is overseen by a Coordination Committee composed of focal points from different geographic regions and representatives of Indigenous People’s Organizations (IPOs). The work of the Network is oveseen by a global Coordinating Committee led by an elected Chair and Vice Chair and supported by a Secretariat.
The GEF-NGO Network

Website: www.TheGEF.org 

Website: www.GEFCSO.org  



1 The February 1995 Council paper Criteria for Selection of NGOs to Attend/Observe Council Meetings and Information on NGO Consultations (GEF/C.3/5) states: “For the purposes of representation at the GEF Council meetings and participation in related GEF consultations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) should be understood to mean non-profit organizations whose mandate, experience, expertise and capacity are relevant to the work of GEF including: local, national, regional and international organizations -- including NGO networks, Indigenous People’s Organizations, CBOs and academic and research institutions”.


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