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GEF Assembly 2010

Date: 24 May 2010 to 28 May 2010

Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Punta del Este, Uruguay

The Fourth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will be held from 24 - 28 May, 2010 at the Convention Center of the Conrad Resort & Casino - Punta del Este, Uruguay. The Assembly, held once every three to four years, is a strategic opportunity for GEF stakeholders to meet, take stock, and collectively strengthen strategies and actions for protecting the global environment and achieving sustainable development. The Assembly will combine plenary meetings and high-level panels, exhibits, side events and GEF project site visits.

Prominent environmentalists, parliamentarians, business leaders, scientists, and civil society organizations (CSO’s) and community leaders will discuss global environmental challenges within the context of sustainable development and other international development goals. The Government of Uruguay is honored to host the Fourth GEF Assembly, which will be held for the first time in Latin America.

Visit the IDB stand from May 24-27

Link to the official event webpage: http://gefassembly.org/j2/index.php

Important Events

May 24th, 2010: GEF Council Meeting

May 25th, 2010: GEF Assembly

  • Opening statement: Santiago Levy
  •  Round table discussions: Hector Malarin and Ricardo Quiroga

May 26th, 2010: IDB/WB Sponsored Side Event

  • Room Plenary: IADB-WB "Leveraging the Impact of GEF Financing into Sector Development Objectives and Priorities: The Perspective of Finance and Sector-Level Ministers.” 
    9:00 – 11:00

The GEF is often seen as a source of funding that it is mainly of interest to Ministries of Environment and other environmental entities. To a large extent, Ministers of Finance and other sector-level ministries have not internalized GEF financing in their overall development plans, failing to realize the full potential impact of GEF financing. As result, the programming of GEF resources may not be the most efficient or effective at the national level. The objective of the side event is to promote a frank dialogue among invited ministers who will address the issue of how to mainstreaming GEF financing more effectively in economic sectors and drivers to enhance GEF sustainable development impacts; to improve programming mechanisms for setting priorities for GEF investment allocations; and to leverage greater levels of public and private sector environmental financing.


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