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  2nd Quarter 2015 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.




(April - June 2015) 


Greetings from GEF-CSO Network. We are pleased to present here the 2nd quarter 2015 newsletter on the GEF-CSO Network activities, news from the Network regions and Indigenous Peoples Focal Points, news on GEF and SGP and upcoming events. Happy reading.

News from Central Focal Point    

GEF-CSO Consultation Meeting, 1June 2015, Washington DC.

More than 100 representatives from civil society, GEF Council members GEF Agencies and the GEF Secretariat attended the consultation meeting on the 1 June 2015 in Washington DC, held prior to the 48th GEF Council Meeting. The meeting included a one hour dialogue between civil society and the GEF CEO and two panel sessions to discuss the strengthening of CSO engagement in the GEF and knowledge management in the GEFClick here to view the report.


48th GEF Council Meeting, 2-4 June 2015, Washington DC

The 48th GEF Council Meeting was held in Washington DC from 2-4 June 2015. This meeting was important as a number of key decisions were made including   approving five global programs and a range of country projects with GEF allocation of $709 Million and cofounding of $4.81 billion. Click here for the report on the Network activities during the meeting.


New Strategic Plan and New Governance Structure for the Network 

The Network Coordination Committee adopted a new Strategic Plan on 2 June 2015. This Strategic Plan lays out the vision and targets for the GEF CSO network in the GEF 6 and GEF 7 periods (between 2015 - 2022). Read more. The Network Coordination Committee has also approved a new governance structure which includes electing a Chair of the Network and a separate Secretariat. Click here for more details

Election for RFP for South Asia

The Network initiated election for Regional Focal Point (RFP) for South Asia region in June 2015 . The election was carried out smoothly. The Network welcomes the new elected RFP, Society of Environment & Development (SED) of India represented by Dr. Lalit Mohan whose tenure will commence on 15 Sept 2015. The Network would like to thank the outgoing RFP, Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment (SCOPE), Pakistan for its contributions to the Network.

Review of the GEF CSO Network

The GEF (IEO), upon the request of the GEF Council, has launched an evaluation of the GEF CSO Network. The evaluation will review the Network’s performance, relevance, effectiveness and results in promoting knowledge dissemination and CSO involvement in GEF policies and programs. The evaluation which started in June 2015 will involve data gathering which include through survey, interviews and meetings and the findings will be presented to the GEF Council Meeting in June 2016.  You can view the Approach Paper of this evaluation. Network members and other stakeholders' cooperation in giving input to the survey is much appreciated. 

Update on Network Membership

The Network welcomed 10 new member organisations to the Network in August 2015. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 474 members. 

 News from Network Regions  

South America  - Regional CSO Meeting in Paraguay, 15 Apr 2015

A regional civil society organization (CSO) meeting was held on 15 Apr 2015 in Asuncion, Paraquay at the time of the GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for South America region. The meeting was attended by CSO representatives from the South America region.  To view the CSO report on the meeting, click here.

Caribbean  -  Regional CSO Meeting in Bahamas, 5 May 2015 

A regional CSO meeting was held in Freeport, Bahamas on 5  May 2015 prior to the GEF ECW  for Caribbean region which took place from 6 – 7 May 2015. The meeting was attended by sixteen (16) CSO representatives from nine countries in the Caribbean region. Click here to view the summary report


Eastern Europe & Central Asia - Regional CSO meeting in Georgia, 22 June 2015

A regional CSO meeting was held in Tbilisi, Georgia on 23 June 2015 prior to the GEF ECW for Eastern Europe region which took place from 22 – 23 June 2015. The meeting was attended by twenty two (22) CSO representatives from seven countries in the region. Click here to view the summary report.

News from Indigenous Peoples

Thailand Commemorates International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

In commemoration of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples last August 9, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) observed the day in collaboration with the Network of Indigenous Peoples of Thailand (NIPT) at the Chulalongkorn University campus, Bangkok, Thailand. This year, the event marked nine years of the signing of United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Read more >>

News on GEF 

Guardians of the Forests

The GEF stressed the importance of addressing forest issues in a holistic and integrated manner, and reaffirmed its commitment to making forests an essential part of sustainable development at the 11th session of the UN Forum on Forests. Read More>>


AfDB with GEF support continues to strengthen resilience to climate change in Africa 

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) approved USD 35 million in funding to improve climate resilience to be channeled through the African Development Bank for programs in Côte d’Ivoire, Chad, Zambia. Read More>>

News from SGP 

The GEF Small Grants Programme Launches in Colombia

Community based organizations in Colombia can now benefit from small grants to implement projects that will contribute to sustainable development, improved livelihoods and global environmental benefits. read more

Upcoming Highlights   

GEF's Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

The upcoming ECWs in the next quarter of 2015 are as follows :

ECW North Africa and West Asia

Date : Tuesday, Sept 8 -Thursday, Sept 10, 2015
Venue: Amman, Jordan 
Eligble countries : Afghanistan, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen + Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia + Iran, Turkey

ECW Belarus

Date : Tuesday, Sept 22, 2015 - Thursday, Sept 25, 2015
Venue:   Minsk, Belarus
Eligible Countries : Azerbaijan, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan + Armenia, Belarus and Russian Federation

Interested CSOs can register here. Registration closes on Aug 31, 2015.


ECW Pacific

Date : Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 - Thursday, Oct 8, 2015
Venue:   Cook Island
Eligible Countries : Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. 

Interested CSOs can register here. Registration closes on Sept 6, 2015

GEF 49th Council Meeting

The GEF 49th Council Meeting will be held in Washington DC, USA from Oct 20-22, 2015. A CSO-Council consultation meeting will be held on Oct 19. Registration for self-funded CSO to attend the meeting is still open until Oct 9. Click here to register.

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If you are a CSO which has working experience in GEF focal areas, we encourage you to apply to be a member of the GCN. Being a member will help your organisation be involved in GEF policy  decisions and provide you with a network of other CSOs to work with. Click here to apply.

Help the GEF CSO Network build a rich network of people, organisations, information and knowledge to share with other CSOs. Contribute articles and publications and be an active member of the Network.
If you have any feedback or comments about the GCN or GEF website or anything related to the GCN, we would love to hear from you! The network relies on active participation from its members and your feedback is important for us to improve.

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 Central Focal Point (CFP) 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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