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  3rd Quarter 2016 Newsletter




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GEF-CSO Network (formerly known as GEF-NGO Network) is an independent network of civil society organisations which acts as a bridge between civil society and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) - the largest global financing mechanism for the environment.




(July - September 2016) 

Greetings from GEF-CSO Network. We are pleased to present here the 3rd quarter 2016 newsletter on the GEF-CSO Network activities, News from Secretariat, News from Network Regions and News from Members. Happy reading.

News from Secretariat   

Call for Proposal to host the GEF-CSO Network Secretariat

The GEF-CSO Network is seeking a capable member of the Network to host and provide Secretariat services for the Network beginning January 2017. Members who are keen and fulfils the criteria to host and provide the secretariat services is invited to submit its proposal. For more details, click here.  The closing date for submission of proposal is Oct 31, 2016.

New RFPs

The Network has completed the election for Regional Focal Point (RFP) for the South America, The Pacific and West Asia region. The Network welcomes the following newly elected RFP,

South America : Fundacion Patagonia Natural of Argentina. Official representative : Mr. Jose Maria Musmeci, Vice President

The Pacific: Ole Siosiomaga Society Incorporated (OLSSI) of Samoa (for second term). Official representative : Mr. Fiu Mataese Elisara, Executive Director

West Asia: Plan for the Land Society of Iran. Official representative : Mr. Hamed Moshiri, Executive Director

Click here for the full list and contact details of the current RFPs. The Network would like to thank all those who have participated in the election.



Election for Central Africa

The Network is calling for a fresh nomination for the post of Regional Focal Point for the Central Africa region   Click here for more details.The closing date for the nomination is on 21 Oct 2016.


Update on Network Membership

7 members have joined the Network in September 2016. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 517 members.

 News from Network Regions  

East Africa  -  Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Madagascar, 26-29 July

A regional CSO meeting was held in Madagascar on 26 July 2016 prior to the GEF ECW for the East Africa region which took place from 27 – 29 July 2016. Click here to view the summary report.


Central Africa - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Cameroon, 6 -9 Sept 2016 

The GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Central Africa region was held in Cameroon from 6-9 Sept, 2016. As part of the activities of the ECW, the CSO members had a meeting on 5 Sept to discuss and identify concrete steps to enhance engagement in GEF CSO Network activities in the region. Click here to view the summary report.


MENA Countries - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Lebanon, 20-23 Sept 2016 

A regional CSO meeting was held in Beirut, Lebanon on 19 Sept prior to the GEF ECW for MENA countries which took place from 20-23 Sept 2016. 14 CSO representatives from 11 countries representated the meeting.  Click here to view the summary report.




News from Indigenous People


The Indigenous Peoples around the world celebrated  the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9, 2016. The theme for 2016 is "Indigenous Peoples' Right to Education". The observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at UN Headquarters took place on Tuesday 9 August, in the ECOSOC Chamber, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Click here  for details on the event.

Across Asia, different activities were implemented per country. This year, the regional theme is “Protect our rights, our lands."  Click here for details.




Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) recently published a a training manual as the second volume in the series of educational and training materials on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Rights! Volume II is an update of Rights! Volume I. It hopes to facilitate the conduct of trainings on indigenous peoples’ rights at the grassroots level by giving necessary and updated information on the implementation or non-implementation of the UNDRIP at the international and national levels. To download the publication, click here.

News from GEF



On Climate Week NYC, early ratification, and GEF’s support to Paris Agreement

September 20, 2016 - From heads of states and business leaders, to environmental activists and avant-garde artists - the 8th NYC Climate Week features events to gather them all and deliver a single critical message across all levels of society - we have been pushing our planet to its limits for far too long. The time to act and change the course is now.





African drylands initiative launched at TICAD summit

September 8, 2016 - A new African initiative to combat desertification and strengthen resilience to climate change in the Sahel and Horn of Africa was launched at TICAD VI in Nairobi last month. On the margins of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), the GEF joined the  the governments of Kenya and Senegal, together with the Japan International Cooperation Agency to announce a new effort to confront the challenges of Africa’s drylands.


News from SGP 



The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) shares good practices at the IUCN world conservation congress

Honolulu, Hawaii, September 10, 2016 - The Small Grants Programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme-UNDP and funded by the Global Environment Facility, participated at the 2016, IUCN World Conservation Congress that took place in Honolulu Hawaii.'Read More >>




Chemical free farming paves the way to sustainability in Fiji

August 18, 2016 - Five years ago farmers would have laughed had anyone said that farming without the use of chemicals was profitable.Now, many farmers on the island of Taveuni in Fiji are convinced it is possible to grow crops without chemical input, get good yields and earn a sustainable income. Read More >>


Upcoming Highlights

GEF 51st Council Meeting and CSO Consultation Meeting

The 51st GEF Council meeting will take place from Oct 25-27, 2016 in Washington DC, USA. Prior to that a GEF Consultations with Civil Society will be held on Oct 24, 2016. You can follow the meetings via live webcast at GEF website (click http://www.thegef.org/events/51st-gef-council-meeting). The documents for the Council meeting are available at the GEF website at http://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-51st-council-meeting;


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About the GEF-CSO Network

The GEF-CSO Network comprises nearly 500 member organisations with experience and expertise in GEF's areas of work from all regions around the world. It is governed by a global Coordination Committee composed of representatives of elected Regional Focal Point (RFP) organisations from 16 geographic regions and three Indigenous Peoples Focal Points (IPFP) from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The day-to-day work of the Network at global level is coordinated by a Management Team led by a Chair and Vice Chair elected from among the Coordination Committee members while work at regional level is facilitated by RFPs and IPFPs. It has been recognised by the GEF Council and GEF Secretariat as a key entity in the work of the GEF. For more information, please visit www.gefcso.org

About the Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility is a partnership for international cooperation where 183 countries work together with international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector, to address global environmental issues. Since 1991, the GEF has provided $13.5 billion in grants and leveraged $65 billion in co-financing for 3,900 projects in more than 165 developing countries. For 24 years, developed and developing countries alike have provided these funds to support activities related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, and chemicals and waste in the context of development projects and programs.  For more information, please visit www.thegef.org

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