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  First Meeting of GEF 6 Replenishment, Paris, France, 3 - 4 March 2013,

The first meeting of the negotiations for the sixth replenishment of the GEF took place in Paris on 3-4 April and was attended by 29 donor countries, 4 representatives of non-donor recipient countries, 2 representatives of civil society, GEF agencies, Trustee, STAP, Evaluation Office and Secretariat.

Identifying the unique value proposition of GEF as a champion of global commons in the evolving context was discussed in depth. Comments were provided on the focal area strategy proposals prepared by the Secretariat.

A fruitful exchange of views set the stage for revising and strengthening the documents in preparation for the next meeting to be held in September.  Participants emphasized the GEF network and partnership as the key strength towards meeting the challenges of the future.

The GEF-NGO Network was represented by Faizal Parish, the Central Focal Point and Guenter Mitlacher, the RFP for Europe region. Two key GEF documents were deliberated during the meeting, namely,

During the meeting, the Network presented 5 statements as follows:- 

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