Biodiversity

GEF CEO Proposes Shorter Project Cycle and Reduced Pipeline at Council Meeting [viewed]

8 December 2006: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) CEO Monique Barbut opened the 5-8 December 2006 Council meeting in Washington DC, US, with a proposed “Five Point Sustainability Compact to Increase Efficiency and Impact.” Her proposal included: shifting from a project-driven to a programmatic approach by focusing strategies on a clear set of priority issues for the global environment; reducing the current project pipeline in half; appointing an “Ombudsman” in the GEF Secretariat to respond to country concerns or complaints; and redesigning the project approval cycle to reduce it from 66 to 22 months.

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GEF Assembly and Council Convene: US$3.13 Billion Replenishment Approved [viewed]

28 August 2006: A Special Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has approved a Fourth GEF replenishment, with 32 governments agreeing to contribute US$3.13 billion to finance environmental projects over the next four years. The Council also agreed on the governance of the climate change funds, specifying, inter alia, that decisions of the Council concerning the operations of the Adaptation Fund be taken by consensus among all Council members representing participants that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The Council meeting, which concluded many months' negotiations on the replenishment issue, was held on 28 August 2006, in Cape Town, South Africa.

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GEF Council Appoints New CEO, Makes Progress on Replenishment [viewed]

9 June 2006: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has elected a new CEO, while progress has also been reported in a GEF Trust Fund meeting on the Fourth Replenishment of its funding.

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Event: Twelfth Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and Second Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

UNFCCC COP 12 and Kyoto Protocol COP/MOP 2 will take place from 6-17 November 2006. These meetings will also coincide with the 25th meetings of the UNFCCC's subsidiary bodies.  

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Event: Eighth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP-8) [viewed]

COP-8 of the UNCCD will consider the following agenda items: programme and budget for the biennium 2008-2009; review of the implementation of the Convention; review of the report of the Committee on Science and Technology; review of activities for promotion of relationships with other relevant organizations; follow-up to the WSSD; Regional Coordination Units (RCU)s; and review of the 2006 International Year of Deserts and Desertification activities. The CRIC and the CST will also convene during the COP.  

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Event: International Year of Deserts and Desertification [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, at its Fifty Eighth Session, declared 2006 the International Year of Deserts and Desertification (IYDD). The General Assembly invited governments and other partners to support the celebration of this year and to raise public awareness of the issue to protect the biological diversity and the indigenous and local communities affected by this phenomenon. The General Assembly designated the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification as the focal point of the Year, in conjunction with the UN Environment Programme, UN Development Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development and other relevant UN bodies.  

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Earth Observation Summit Endorses 10-Year Implementation Plan Establishing Global System of Systems [viewed]

February 205: Governments have endorsed a 10-year implementation plan for the development of a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

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GEF Council Decides on Further Consultations on Resource Allocation Framework [viewed]

19 November 2004: The GEF Council, which met from 17-19 November in Washington DC, took decisions on: the process for monitoring and evaluation relations with Council and other entities; action plan to respond to recommendations of the project performance review; management response to the review of GEF's engagement with the private sector; programme studies on biodiversity, climate change and international waters; the OPS3 inception report; the four year work plan; verification of replenishment targets; fourth replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund; work programme; institutional relations; resource allocation framework; business plan; amendments to the instrument; climate change funds; and recommendations of the working group on medium-sized projects.

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Donors Discuss Special Climate Change Fund [viewed]

1 July 2004: Potential donors for the Special Climate Change Fund have discussed funding options at a meeting in Paris. The gathering, held on 1 July, brought possible donors together with representatives of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The Special Climate Change Fund was approved by the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in November 2001, and is managed by the GEF.

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Third UNEP Working Group Meeting on Economic Instruments [viewed]

18 February 2003: Approximately 35 participants from government, academic and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations gathered on 17-18 February 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland for the Third UNEP Working Group Meeting on Economic Instruments.

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