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Review of the Effectiveness

Article 21, paragraph 3: "3. The Conference of the Parties shall review the effectiveness of the mechanism established under this Article, including the criteria and guidelines referred to in paragraph 2 above, not less than two years after the entry into force of this Convention and thereafter on a regular basis. Based on such review, it shall take appropriate action to improve the effectiveness of the mechanism if necessary."

Introduction

The performance of the financial mechanism has been under multi-layered reviews by the GEF agencies, the GEF Evaluation Office and the Conference of the Parties, in accordance with their distinct mandates and institutional interests. The review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism undertaken by the Conference of the Parties is conducted every four years and this review coincides with the ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Fifth Review


Monitoring and evaluation
The Conference of the Parties conducts a review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism every four years. In accordance with the terms of reference, the fifth review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism will take place at the second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation, and subsequently at the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Decision XIII/21 sets out the terms of reference for the fifth review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism.

In Recommendation 2/7 on review of implementation of financial mechanism (Article 21), the second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation regrets that the terms of reference for the fifth review of the financial mechanism were not implemented due to lack of funding (paragraph 3), and invites Parties and Governments, as well as relevant stakeholders, to submit views and other information on the sixth overall performance study of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility, and the summary of evaluation results of the Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office, to the Executive Secretary by 15 September 2018 (paragraph 4). The Subsidiary Body on Implementation requests the Executive Secretary to prepare a compilation of submissions received from Parties as well as the information derived from the sixth overall performance study of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility, which will be the basis for the fifth review of effectiveness of the financial mechanism to be performed by the Conference of the Parties at its fourteenth meeting (paragraph 5).

GEF/A.6/07: Sixth Overall Performance Study of the Global Environment Facility: The GEF in the Changing Environmental Finance Landscape, Prepared by the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility, 24 June 2018

CBD/SBI/2/INF/25: Summary of evaluation results of the Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office, 31 March 2018

Independent Evaluation Office of GEF

Submissions on the fifth review: Colombia; Syrian Arab Republic; The European Union and its Member States

Reports

Fourth review: Summary of the fourth review of the effectiveness of the Global Environment Facility (UNEP/CBD/WGRI/5/5/ADD1, 17 April 2014): اللغة العربية, 中文, English, Français, Русский, Español; UNEP/CBD/WGRI/5/INF/10: Fourth review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism

Third review: Review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism (UNEP/CBD/COP/9/17; 26 April 2008) (ar en es fr ru zh) and review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism: the report of the independent evaluator commissioned to carry out the third review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism (UNEP/CBD/COP/9/INF/20; 26 February 2008)(en)

Second review: Executive summary of the report of the independent evaluator for the review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism (UNEP/CBD/COP/6/13/Add.1; 12 December 2001) (ar en es fr ru zh) and (UNEP/CBD/COP/6/INF/4; 14 January 2002) (en)

First review: Review of the Effectiveness of the Financial Mechanism (UNEP/CBD/COP/4/16; 5 February 1998) (ar en fr ru zh)

Reference: Budget and staffing of Evaluation Systems in Development Co-operation - 2016 Review by OECD

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