Global Environment Facility - Programme Action 6

GEF-6 Update
3rd Global Networking Conference on RECP
September 4, 2013
Evelyn Swain
About the GEF
 The GEF unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society
organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues
while supporting national sustainable development initiatives.
 Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global
environment. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides
grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land
degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.
 Since 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries
and countries with economies in transition, providing $11.5 billion in grants and
leveraging $57 billion in co-financing for over 3,215 projects in over 165 countries.
 Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than
16,030 small grants directly to civil society and community based organizations,
totaling $653.2 million. For more information
GEF Chemicals ClusterArea of Work
The GEF Chemicals Focal Area includes POPs, ODS, Mercury and Sound
Chemical Management for increased coherence.
 Phase out of Persistent Organic Pollutants – Stockholm Convention
 Phase out of Ozone Depleting Substance, specifically to Countries with
Economies in Transition – Montreal Protocol
 Pilot activities and enabling conditions on mercury – to support early
ratification of Future Minamata Convention on Mercury
 Pilot activities on chemicals (and chemical issues) of Global Concern –
Related to the Objectives of the Strategic Approach to International
Chemicals Management (SAICM), including E-waste, chemicals in
products and lead in paint.
Overview of GEF Investments on POPs
Since 2001 the GEF has committed US$ 695 million to projects in
the Chemicals focal area and leveraged some US$ 1.701 billion in
co-financing from partners in the public and private sectors,
bringing the total value of the GEF POPs portfolio to over US$2.4
To date, the GEF has financed NIPs development projects for all
developing countries Parties requiring support. So far 108 Parties
have already submitted their NIPs to the Secretariat of the
Stockholm Convention. The GEF also financed 109 post-NIP
projects for the implementation of the Convention.
GEF-5 Funding for Chemicals
• $425 million allocated to chemicals. The distribution
of resources is as follows:
POPs: $375 million
Ozone: $25 million
Sound chemicals management and mercury reduction: $20
million (an additional $10 M was approved for mercury at the
June GEF Council Meeting)
GEF-5 Projects
• In GEF-5 projects were approved to support resource
efficiency and clean production.
• Examples:
– Eco Industrial Park for Sustainable Industrial Zone in
Vietnam (UNIDO, $3.5 M)
– Mercury in Products in Uruguay (UNDP, $770,000)
– Global Chemicals in Products (pending UNEP, ~$1 M)
GEF-6 Planning:
Chemicals and Waste Strategy
• An integrated Chemicals and Waste Focal Area is
planned for GEF-6
• Including Stockholm Convention, Montreal Protocol,
future Minamata Convention on Mercury and SAICM
• Green Chemistry will be a component of GEF-6strategy under development- resource efficient and
clean production will be a key component
• Second replenishment meeting in India next week
New POPs in GEF-6
• Addressing New POPs will also be a focus of GEF-6
requiring clean production practices and life cycle
• Example:
– Brominated flame retardants in products, everything from
textiles, to electronics, to building materials.
GEF 6 Chemical and Waste Framework
Goal: A significant reduction in the exposure of humans and the environment
to hazardous chemicals and waste of global importance
CW 1: Promote the
development of the
enabling conditions,
tools and environment to
manage harmful
chemicals and wastes
Program 1: Develop and demonstrate technologies, techniques, policy and legislation for
eliminating and reducing harmful chemicals and waste
Program 2: Promote innovative and sustainable financing, business models and
economic approaches and solutions for eliminating harmful chemicals and waste
Program 3: Support conventions reporting and national plans and promote their
integration into national planning processes and actions
Program 4: Support global monitoring, development of registries, inventories and data
CW 2: Reduce the
prevalence of harmful
chemicals and waste
Program 5: Facilitate the deployment of environmentally safe technologies, techniques,
practices and approaches for the elimination and reduction of harmful chemicals and
Program 6: Deploy alternatives and alternative techniques and practices for reducing
harmful chemicals
Program 7: Complete the phase out of ODS in CEITs and assist Article 5 countries under
the Montreal Protocol to achieve climate mitigation benefits
CW 3: Support LDCs
and SIDS to take action
on harmful chemicals
and waste
Program 8: Support regional approaches to eliminate and reduce harmful chemicals and
Evelyn Swain
[email protected]

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