The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems and is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Since 1992, the GEF has provided over $18.1 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $94.2 billion in co-financing for more than 4500 projects in 170 countries.
The 57th meeting of the GEF Council will take place from 17-19 December 2019 in Washington, DC. The GEF CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council opens. The Council is the GEF's main governing body and comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.