The Global Environment Facility (“GEF”) is a global partnership among 179 nations, international institutions, non governmental organizations and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. It provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants.
GEF Secretariat consists of 40 members based in Washington and reports directly to GEF Council and Assembly, ensuring that their decisions are translated into effective actions. The Secretariat is headed by Chief Executive Officer, who is appointed by the council for three years. The main functions of GEF Secretariat are:
- to implement decisions of GEF Assembly and Council effectively
- to coordinate the formulation and overseeing the implementation of program activities pursuant to the joint work program
- to ensure implementation of the operational policies adopted by the Council through the preparation of common guidelines on the project cycle
- to review and report to the Council on the adequacy of work programs made by the implementing agencies.