STAP Meeting September 2012
[T]he STAP successfully held its biannual meeting in Washington DC, which ran across three days of closed and open sessions (19-21 September, 2012). The meetings began with a one-day closed session on19th September, 2012, at which three new STAP Members were officially inducted into the STAP process: Jakob Granit for the International Waters focal area; Annette Cowie, Land Degradation; and Anand Patwardhan, Adaptation under the Least Developed Countries Fund/Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF). This was immediately followed by a two-day open session, from 20-21 September, 2012, during which the STAP was introduced to the vision of the new GEF CEO Dr Naoko Ishii for GEF 6, and worked with the GEF Secretariat, representatives from the Secretariats of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), GEF agencies and other experts to explore expectations for GEF 6, and brainstorm on the role and elements of work the STAP should take onboard in GEF 6 and beyond. In addition, the meeting saw presentations from agencies, experts and private sector, on critical environmental issues, as well as potential technologies and approaches that might be important in the near to mid-term. The meeting closed out with breakout sessions where each Panel Member got to work with their Focal Area Task Teams to discuss prioritization or re-adjustment of the STAP’s current work programme.
The new CEO has envisioned a far more dynamic GEF, with an emphasis on innovation and working closer with the private sector, which she is developing into a formal longer term “2020 GEF Strategy”. She expressed a desire to see further value-added by the work of the STAP, and committed to fuller STAP engagement as the GEF looks towards GEF-6.
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Washington DC | 20-21 September 2012