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Global Environment Facility

Address: Washington DC, USA


Region of Activities: Worldwide

Type: Nonprofit

Founded: 1992

Main Goals - General activities - field of expertise

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a unique partnership of 18 agencies working with 183 countries to address the world’s most challenging environmental issues. The GEF has a large network of civil society organizations, works closely with the private sector around the world, and receives continuous inputs from an independent evaluation office and a world-class scientific panel. Also the GEF is a financial mechanism for 5 major international environmental conventions: the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The GEF acts as an innovator and catalyst that supports multi-stakeholder alliances to preserve threatened ecosystems on land and in the oceans, build greener cities, boost food security and promote clean energy for a more prosperous, climate-resilient world; leveraging $5.2 in additional financing for every $1 invested.

Activity related to low GHG and energy consumption and resilient buildings

Energy/climate/buildings-related activities: The GEF’s Sustainable Cities program aims to bring about opportunities for greater efficiency, synergy and increased returns of investment in developing cities. It is providing USD 151.6 million and cofinancing of US$2.4 billion between 2015-2020, initially engaging 28 cities in 11 developing countries (Brazil, China, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal, South Africa and Viet Nam).