Tuesday, 14 April 2009 10:09


Third GEF Assembly 2006

The Third Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), hosted by the Republic of South Africa, will be held in Cape Town from August 29-30, 2006. Further details are available on www.theGEF.org/assembly.

The Assembly, held once every four years, is a strategic opportunity for GEF stakeholders to meet, take stock, and collectively strengthen strategies and actions for protecting the global environment and achieving sustainable development.

Sharing knowledge, fostering improved policies, and strengthening partnerships are overarching objectives of the Assembly. As a pre-eminent forum of environment and development experts, the Assembly will attract high-level representatives from the GEF’s 176 member countries, as well as environmentalists, leading development practitioners, and participants from the private sector and civil society.
The location and timing of the Assembly are opportune. There is growing awareness that a special effort is needed for achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Africa, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. GEF is honoured that the Republic of South Africa has graciously agreed to host the Assembly, making this the first Assembly to be held on the continent.

  A series of events – symposia and technical sessions on topics and themes of contemporary significance, high-level plenary sessions, panels and roundtables, thematic exhibitions and displays, poster sessions, and site visits to top-performing environmental projects in the Cape Town region – will comprise the highlights of the Assembly.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), established in 1991, helps developing countries fund projects and programmes that protect the global environment. GEF grants support projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

Further information on the GEF can be found on the website:

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