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  • Published on: 15 Aug 2011
  • Submitted by: Global Environment Facility (GEF)
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Special initiatives of the GEF leading up to RIO+20
The GEF was conceived at the margins of the Rio Earth Summit and became a principal financial mechanism for the climate change, biodiversity, desertification and ozone depletion UN conventions. Since its 1991 pilot phase, the GEF has provided incremental grant financing to assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition to address numerous global environmental challenges and sustainable development issues within its mandate.
The GEF plays a unique and prominent role in relation to the Rio Conventions, with 20 years of experience in providing resources for developing countries to fulfill their commitments before these conventions. Given this long experience, the GEF Secretariat, in collaboration with its implementing and executing agencies, intends to share this body of experience leading up to the UNCSD conference in June 2012.
Rio +20 presents a landmark opportunity for the GEF to not only share the lessons learned from 20 years of operation but also to help reflect on the evolution of international financing for global public good. The GEF, in its role as a leading public funder and catalyst of innovative ideas for the environment hopes to contribute to Rio+20 mainly by communicating to the world some of the features and key contributions to sustainable development by this pioneering and unique facility set up in the context of the Rio Earth Summit.
For this purpose the GEF intends to carry out the following special initiatives:
· A retrospective analysis to be coordinated by the GEF Secretariat, on the lessons learned from the implementation of the recommendations arising from the Rio Summit and the impact of GEF supported activities over the past 20 years including related national communications and reports to the Rio conventions; This assessment will become a central contribution of the GEF to the Rio +20 Summit. It will help improve national communications to the Rio conventions and to share/disseminate knowledge, innovation and experiences of countries in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, climate change mitigation and adaptation and combating land degradation and desertification over the last two decades.
· A highlight of the lessons learned from 20 of among the most significant GEF projects carried out since the GEF Facility was designed, and the publication of a related commemorative book for further dissemination; Capitalizing on the Rio +20 platform, this initiative will increase awareness about the GEF, stimulate environmental initiatives and innovation, and facilitate best practices dissemination and implementation.
· International meetings, workshops and events designed to promote and foster collaboration among initiatives related to Rio +20 objectives;
· Efforts to improve and strengthen national communications and reports to the Rio conventions;
· Stimulate collaboration at the national and regional levels on achieving global environmental benefits;
· Greater integration, synergy and support to/with the Rio convention secretariats;
· Expansion of the GEF partners network;
· Communication outreach (publications, audiovisual and other materials); and
· The publication of a new book on 20 years of energy efficiency investments by the GEF.
Videos related to GEF?s Rio+20 portfolio can be seen here:
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