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50th Meeting of the GEF Council and CSO Meetings (Washington DC, 2016)

50th Meeting of the GEFCouncil and CSO Meetings

Theme: ICCAs and Standards and Safeguards for Finance and Business
Meeting dates:

  • 5 June 2016: Preparatory meeting for CSOs
  • 6 June 2016: CSO Consultation with GEF Council
  • 7-9 June 2016: 50th GEF Council Meeting

Location: Washington, DC, USA

Consortium activities:
  • Several Consortium members, including the Global Forest Coalition and an honorary member, participated as part of the GEF CSO-Network
  • CSO-Network prepared statements on specific agenda items. Full text of all GEF CSO-Network statements can be downloaded from their summary report. For Consortium, most relevant include:
    • Recommendations for strengthening monitoring of Agency compliance with GEF Policies on environmental and social safeguards, gender, and fiduciary standards (Agenda Item no. 6)
    • Recommendation that GEF Work Program incorporate appropriate recognition of and support for land and territories governed by indigenous peoples and local communities, in line with self-determined priorities and plans (Agenda Item no. 17)
Key Policy Outcomes: Council Decisions included:

  • Provisional approval of GEF Trust Fund Work Program
  • Agreement on need for periodic self and third-party assessment of Agency compliance, with reporting on self-assessment to take place each replenishment cycle; the Secretariat will further report in October 2016
  • Approved proposed arrangements for establishing Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) under UNFCCC (Paris Agreement)
  • Agreed to establish ad-hoc working group to develop an updated vision for the GEF-civil society relationship; will report back at the first 2017 Council meeting
More Information:
Contribution to overall strategy: Under the draft strategy on “ICCAs & Standards & Safeguards for Finance & Business”, the above activities contributed to the objectives of: (1) recognition of ICCAs as ‘prime targets’ but also ‘safe spaces’ where companies respect customary / local rules and procedures; and (2) recognition of indigenous peoples’ and communities’ rights and environmental concerns in policies of financial institutions
Direct financial implications for the Consortium: None – self-funded by Consortium members and volunteer contributions by Honorary member