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Record ID
Date of creation
2006-08-23 14:16 UTC (philippe.leblond@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2010-11-25 15:19 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-11-25 15:19 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

General information
Name of the Organization
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC
United States of America, 20433
Phone:+1 202 473 0508
Fax:+1 202 522 3240,+1 202 522 3245
Url:Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Contact Information
Type of organization
  • Inter-governmental organization (IGO)
  • UN and other specialized agency of the UN Common System
Thematic areas
Capacity building and financial resources
Organization’s profile
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a multilateral funding mechanism dedicated to providing financing for global environmental benefits. The GEF serves as the financial mechanism for the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. In this capacity, the GEF functions under the guidance of the Conventions. The GEF is also a financial mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and provides support for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, for activities concerning chemicals management as they relate to the GEF focal areas, and for activities related to international waters.
Linked organizations
United Nations Environment Programme - Global Environment Facility (UNEP/GEF) / Biosafety Unit
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
PO Box 30552 - 00100
Phone:+254 20 762 1234
Fax:+254 20 762 4489,+254 20 762 4490
Url:United Nations Environment Programme - Global Environment Facility (Biosafety Unit)
UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP)
304 East 45th Street
9th Floor
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Phone:+1 646 781 4385
Fax:+1 212 906 6998
Url:UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme
Contact person
Mr. Mark Zimsky
Biodiversity Focal Area Coordinator, Senior Biodiversity Specialist
Global Environment Facility
1776 G Street, N.W.
Washington, DC
United States of America, 20036
Phone:+1 202-473-7855
Fax:+1 202-522-3240/3245
Additional Information
Additional Information
Under the biodiversity portfolio, the GEF funds capacity-building activities for the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB), based on the guidance from the Conference of the Parties. In 1997, following the decision of the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the GEF financed a pilot biosafety enabling activity project which assisted 18 countries to establish national biosafety frameworks. After the adoption of the Biosafety Protocol in January 2000, the GEF developed an Initial Strategy for Assisting Countries to Prepare for the Entry into Force of the Cartagena Protocol. Under the initial strategy, 120 countries were assisted to develop their national biosafety frameworks (NBFs) and 12 countries have been assisted to implement their NBFs. In addition, 139 countries are being supported in building the capacity for their effective participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH). Since the CPB entry into force on September 2003, the GEF has supported countries with urgent needs to move forward in implementing their NBFs through some individual country projects and 2 regional projects. Currently, the GEF is developing a new "GEF Strategy for Financing Biosafety Activities".

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