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Summary report of GEF-CSO Network Activity and Achievement – 49th GEF Council Meeting 18 – 22 October 2015

The 49th GEF Council Meeting was held in Washington DC from 20 – 22 Oct 2015. In terms of funding, the Council approved a first-of-its-kind multi-million dollar project to help protect over 80 percent of the Amazon and boost efforts to combat climate change. The GEF will commit $113 million for the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program, a regional program spanning Brazil, Colombia and Peru that is expected to leverage $682 million in additional financing and span over five years.

GEF-CSO Network organized a range of meetings in Washington DC in association with the 49th GEF Council as follows:

17 Oct   - Meeting of GEF-CSO Network Coordination Committee (CC)

The CC meeting was attended by all the thirteen currently elected Regional focal points and one Indigenous Peoples Focal Point. The meeting discussed a range of matters including how to strengthen the operation of the Network, the status and development of network membership and preparation for GEF-CSO consultation and the GEF Council meetings. Among the important results were:

  • Adopted the new governance structure for the GEF CSO Network to enhance the Network’s operation and revised and adopted the changes to the rules.
  • Streamlined the work of the various Network Sub-Committees to facilitate work between CC meetings



18 Oct  - Preparatory meeting for the GEF Council-CSO consultation


This meeting was attended by 40 representatives from CSOs and the meeting discussed and reviewed some of the key issues on the agenda of the 49th GEF Council meeting and prepared statements for delivery at the council, namely,

1.    Annual Monitoring Review

2.    Work Program

3.    GEF KM Approach Paper

4.    Implementation of the GEF’s Gender Equality Action Plan


The meeting also discussed other matters including the SGP’s CSO-Government Dialogue Platform as well as the preparation for the GEF Council-CSO consultation on 19 Oct. At the end of the meeting, the CSOs had a meeting with the GEF IEO to discuss the progress on the review of the Network by GEF IEO.

19 Oct -  GEF Council-CSO Consultation

This meeting was attended by more than 100 representatives from civil society, GEF Council members GEF Agencies and the GEF Secretariat. The meeting included a one hour dialogue between civil society and the GEF CEO and two panel sessions. In the morning, the panel session discussed the partnerships with Civil Society to meet GEF’s Targets and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while in the afternoon the panel discussed the initial work on the CBD Assessment of the GEF7 funding needs for CBD implementation  and key issues in relation  evolving climate financing architecture in the count-down to  UNFCCC COP21. The meeting was very interactive with active inputs from Council members, GEF agencies as well as CSOs. [click here for details].

19 Oct - WG for Review of GEF Public Involvement Policy


The GEF Working Group on Public Involvement met for the second time to review and endorse the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Consultant appointed to undertake the review and discuss the work plan of activities.  There are 4 CSO representatives in the WG comprises of 2 GEF-CSO network representatives, 1 representative from an international CSO (Transparency international) and 1 IPs representative (IPAG).  

20 – 22 Oct – 49th GEF Council Meeting

Around 30 CSO representatives observed the GEF Council sessions by rotation and seven formal network position papers/statements were presented to the council on the agenda items as follows :

1.  Biodiversity Impact Evaluation (impact evaluation of GEF support to protected areas and protected area systems)

2.  Panel discussion on the Amazon

3.  Work program

4.  GEF knowledge management

5.  Annual monitoring review

6.  Future directions on accreditation

7.   Progress report on the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)


The joint summary and the highlights of the Council’s Discussions are available on the Network’s website www.gefcso.org.

The next GEF Council will be held as follows:

·         CSO Preparatory Meeting, 5 June 2016

·         GEF-CSO Consultation Meeting, 6 June 2016

  • GEF Council Meeting, 7-9 June 2016


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