UNEP Web site To provide leadership and encourage partnerships in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
The Global Environment Facility is a multilateral mechanism established to provide new and additional financial resources to meet the agreed incremental costs of measures to achieve global environmental benefits in the following areas: climate change, biodiversity, international waters and protection of the ozone layer. Land degradation, primarily desertification and deforestation, is eligible for GEF funding if it relates to the four focal areas. The GEF operates as the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity. The GEF has been established as a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (GEF - UNEP), the United Nations Development programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. It has a governing Council of 32 members and an Assembly of all 166 participating states.