Held every four years, the Assembly is the GEF’s highest governing body and gathers representatives of all its 183-member countries, implementing agencies, conventions, civil society organizations and indigenous peoples, academia, and business leaders to celebrate past achievements and the launch of its seventh replenishment cycle (GEF-7).
The event is a rare chance to share knowledge, ideas and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.
Opening Plenary Sessions
We’re at a defining moment for the future of the planet and for human well-being. The ecosystems, biomes and processes that regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth system are being stretched to a breaking point. To get on the right path to a better, safer future, we need to address the drivers of environmental degradation. We need to transform the systems that support how we live, how we eat, how we move and how we produce and consume. Three high-level opening plenary sessions will cover the latest science, the ambition needed to deliver transformation, and how implementation of GEF-7 can contribute to systems change.
High-level Round Tables
Fourteen interactive high-level round tables dug deeper into new themes in GEF-7 and other global environment issues. Each round table featured well known speakers and interventions from ministers to discuss the challenge, what needs to be done, and how the GEF and others can address the problem. The Schedule contains the description of the round tables and the list of speakers.
The high-level round tables ran in parallel to a plenary session, where heads of delegations delivered their official statements.
The GEF Assembly was preceded by the 54th GEF Council Meeting and a Civil Society Forum.