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Organisation strategy for Sweden’s cooperation with the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) 2016–2018 Reference No.: UD2016/11356/GA

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The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) was established in 1991 with the mandate to contribute to global environmental public goods through financial support to environmental and climate elements in development projects in low- and middle-income countries. This strategy forms the basis of the Government’s cooperation with the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the trust funds it administers during 2016–2018.


This strategy forms the basis of the Government's cooperation with the  GEF and the trust funds it administers during 2016–2018. The strategy will also guide Sweden's positions in negotiations on the seventh replenishment cycle of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF 7), which will be ongoing throughout most of 2017. The outcome of the negotiations will be important for how the GEF contributes to the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. The strategy covers funds as authorised by the Riksdag.

The strategy is based on the Government's objective for international development cooperation: promoting better living conditions for people living in poverty and oppression. The strategy is guided by the Policy for Global Development (Govt Bill 2002/03:122), with its overarching objective of contributing to equitable and sustainable global development, and by the Swedish strategy for multilateral development cooperation. The focus of the strategy reflects the Government's priorities as stated, for example, in the Budget Bill for 2016. The organisational assessment of the GEF, approved by the Government Offices (Ministry for Foreign Affairs) in 2012, also forms the basis of the strategy.


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