We are at a defining moment in time.
The recent IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C confirmed unequivocally that we are already seeing negative impacts of climate change: sea level rise and more extreme droughts and storms. The negative impacts often hit the poor and vulnerable the most—exactly those who have contributed the least to the problem in the first place.
The IPCC Report also illustrates that unfortunately we are not even close to being on track to limit warming to 1.5° C. Neither are we on track to deliver on the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.
The GEF continually incorporates COP guidance into its programs and operations, as described annually in its report to the COP. As a complementary publication to the GEF’s annual report, this booklet summarizes all guidance to the GEF dating from the first COP to COP 23 and the corresponding GEF responses. This publication provides full documentation of the evolution of GEF activities and policies as informed by guidance from the COP.
In 2014, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) released a report celebrating achievements through its partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Since then, the world has been responding to critical environmental and climate challenges. In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were endorsed, confirming a new development paradigm that aims to move on from silos to integrated approaches, and significantly stepping up ambitions to eliminate rather than only reduce hunger, poverty and other global challenges. The Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) also bound countries to take urgent actions to reduce global warming.
This report is a learning product from the UNDP’s Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA), a four-year programme supporting work in 11 African least developed countries with US$50 million from the Global Environment Facility’s Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). As such, it builds on the expertise of the CIRDA technical team, the products of several workshops, and initial consultations between CIRDA experts and public and private representatives of CIRDA-supported countries. The vision described here is closely related to the work plan and activities of the CIRDA programme.
This booklet summarizes all COP guidance dating from the first COP (COP 1) to COP 19, as well as all corresponding GEF responses. Its goal is to provide full documentation of the evolution of GEF activities and policies as informed by guidance from the COP.
This publication is a joint effort by the GEF partnership to showcase some of the insights gained from the now substantial portfolio of GEF-funded adaptation projects.
A GEFSTAP advisory document.
Together with our dedicated climate adaptation funds, the GEF aims to accelerate climate finance during in the next four years. The newly completed sixth replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-6) will enable the GEF to make about US$3 billion available for climate finance, and leverage up to US$30 billion from other sources.