Seventh meeting of the GCF Board (B.07)

Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea
18 - 21 May 2014

Meeting agenda
Item Title
1. Opening of the meeting
2. Adoption of the agenda and organization of work
3. Adoption of the report of the sixth meeting
4. Reports on activities
4.a. Report on activities of the Co‐Chairs
4.b. Report on activities of the Secretariat
5. Reports from committees, groups and teams
6. Guiding framework and procedures for accrediting national, regional and international implementing entities and intermediaries, including the Fund’s fiduciary principles and standards and environmental and social safeguards
7. Initial proposal approval process, including the criteria for programme and project funding
8. Initial results management framework of the Fund
9. Fund’s financial risk management and investment frameworks
10. Structure of the Fund, including the structure of its Private Sector Facility
11. Initial modalities for the operation of the Fund’s mitigation and adaptation windows and its Private Sector Facility
12. Confirmation of the completion of the essential requirements and the commencement of the initial resource mobilization process
13. Outstanding issues
14. Date and venue of eighth Board meeting
15. Status of resources

The Board:

  1. Adopts the report of the sixth meeting contained in document GCF/B.06/Drf.03, as amended;
  2. Agrees to publish it on the Fund’s website (document GCF/B.06/19 Report of the Sixth Meeting of the Board, 19-21 February 2014);

The Board, having considered document GCF/B.07/02 Guiding Framework and Procedures for Accrediting National, Regional and International Implementing Entities and Intermediaries, Including the Fund’s Fiduciary Principles and Standards and Environmental and Social Safeguards:

  1. Decides to adopt the initial guiding framework for the Fund’s accreditation process as contained in Annex I to this document, recognizing that it also applies to private sector entities;
  2. Also decides to adopt the initial fiduciary principles and standards contained in Annex II to this document, and will conduct a review of these standards within three years;
  3. Further decides to adopt, on an interim basis, the Performance Standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), as contained in Annex III to this document, noting that their use and implementation will be guided by the IFC Guidance Notes;2
  4. Decides to aim to complete the process of developing the Fund’s own environmental and social safeguards (ESS), which will build on evolving best practices, within a period of three years after the Fund becomes operational, and with inclusive multi-stakeholder participation;
  5. Establishes an Accreditation Committee comprised of four Board members or alternates in accordance with the terms of reference contained in Annex IV;
  6. Invites the Board members in the team established in decision B.05/08, paragraphs (d) and (e), to serve as the Fund’s Accreditation Committee for its first term, with [Name of Board member or alternate] as Chair and [Name of Board member or alternate] as Vice-Chair;
  7. Establishes the Fund’s Accreditation Panel as an independent technical panel to advise the Board on matters related to the accreditation of implementing entities (IEs) and intermediaries to the Fund. The Panel will be comprised of six expert members with balanced representation between developing and developed countries and the appropriate range of expertise, to be nominated by the Accreditation Committee for endorsement by the Board soon thereafter. This Panel will be in charge of conducting the accreditation process in accordance with its terms of reference;
  8. Adopts the terms of reference for the Fund’s Accreditation Committee and Accreditation Panel contained in Annex IV and Annex V to this document, respectively;
  9. Requests the Secretariat to develop, in consultation with the Accreditation Committee hereby established, a policy on accreditation fees that takes into account the financial capacities of institutions;
  10. Agrees on a fit-for-purpose accreditation approach that matches the nature, scale and risks of proposed activities to the application of the initial fiduciary standards and interim ESS;
  11. Requests the Secretariat to elaborate, under the guidance of the Accreditation Committee and Panel, the following elements for decision by the Board at its third meeting in 2014:
    1. Guidelines for the operationalization of the fit-for-purpose accreditation approach referred to in paragraph (j) above; and
    2. A work programme on complementarity and coherence with the accreditation systems and processes of other relevant funds, as well as relevant private sector associations, in consultation with the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) and relevant stakeholders;
  12. Requests the Accreditation Panel, with the support of the Secretariat, under the guidance of the Accreditation Committee, to elaborate the following elements for decision by the Board at its third meeting in 2014:
    1. An assessment, including a gap analysis, of institutions accredited by other relevant funds and in line with the Fund’s objectives against the interim ESS and initial fiduciary standards with recommendations on their potential accreditation or fast-tracking; and
    2. The identification of potential relevant private sector international best practice fiduciary principles or standards and ESS, and an assessment of gaps against the Fund’s initial fiduciary standards and interim ESS, in collaboration with the PSAG and in consultation with relevant stakeholders;
  13. Also requests the Secretariat to issue a progress report by September on the items contained in paragraph (k) above;
  14. Further requests the Secretariat, in consultation with the Accreditation Committee and the Accreditation Panel as needed, to develop an environmental and social management system for the Fund, based on the outline contained in Annex VI, which will include guidelines on the categorization of projects by IEs and intermediaries according to the level of environmental and social risk and in accordance with the Fund’s interim ESS;
  15. Requests the Accreditation Panel, in collaboration with the Accreditation Committee and the Secretariat, to report annually to the Board on the status of applications for accreditation, identifying and analyzing barriers faced by applicants in meeting the requirements;
  16. Recalling decision B.05/14, paragraph (b), on providing readiness and preparatory support to enable IEs and intermediaries to meet the Fund’s fiduciary principles and standards, and ESS, in order to directly access the Fund, requests the Secretariat to consider the findings of the report referenced in paragraph (m) above in updating its readiness support programme accordingly, and to prepare tools and guidance materials to enable applicants to comply with the fit-for-purpose accreditation requirements and process;
  17. Requests the Secretariat to develop, under the guidance of the Accreditation Panel, additional specialized fiduciary standards that may be deemed necessary to effectively accommodate all institutional capacities required in IEs and intermediaries in the initial phase of operations of the Fund; and
  18. Decides to open a call for submissions of accreditation applications from IEs and intermediaries after the Board’s third meeting of 2014, and requests the Secretariat to prepare the relevant application documents for consideration by the Board at its third meeting in 2014.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.07/03, Initial Proposal Approval Process, Including the Criteria for Programme and Project Funding: 

  1. Adopts the initial proposal approval process, as contained in Annex VII;
  2. Recognizes that the initial proposal approval process will identify programmes and projects for Board consideration that best achieve the Fund’s objectives, and requests the Secretariat to develop methodologies for the selection process;
  3. Takes note of the initial post-approval items contained in Annex VIII and requests the Secretariat to further develop them for further consideration by the Board at its ninth meeting;
  4. Confirms that the criteria for programme and project funding are outlined in decision B.07/06 on the investment framework;
  5. Notes convergence on the need to consider: proposal development funds; early endorsement prior to full proposal development; the initial proposal approval process for regional programmes and projects; and a policy for cancellation and termination;
  6. Decides to establish an independent technical advisory panel composed of experts to provide an independent technical assessment of and advice on funding proposals for the Board;
  7. Requests the Secretariat to present draft terms of reference for the independent technical advisory panel for consideration by the Board at its eighth meeting;
  8. Further requests the Secretariat to develop an operations manual and an appraisal toolkit for the initial proposal approval process for programme and project funding;
  9. Also requests the Secretariat in the development of the Fund’s information disclosure policy to address issues related to the initial proposal approval process
  10. Decides to review the initial proposal approval process and to take action when it deems necessary. 3

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.07/04 Initial Results Management Framework of the Fund:  

  1. Affirms that the elements of the initial results management framework of the Fund contained in this decision complement decision B.05/03, including the initial result areas of the Fund referred to in that decision, as contained in Annex I to document GCF/B.05/23, as well as the performance indicators of the initial result areas of the Fund also referred to in that decision, as contained in Annex II of document GCF/B.05/23;
  2. Adopts the elements of the initial results management framework of the Fund as outlined hereunder:
    1. Levels of the logic model:
      • Paradigm shift objective
      • Impacts (Fund level)
      • Project/Programme outcomes
      • Project/Programme outputs
      • Activities
      • Inputs
    2. Initial mitigation logic model:
      1. Paradigm shift objective for mitigation:
        • Shift to low-emission sustainable development pathways;
      2. Fund level impacts for mitigation:
        1. Reduced emissions through increased low-emission energy access and power generation;
        2. Reduced emissions through increased access to low-emission transport;
        3. Reduced emissions from buildings, cities, industries and appliances;
        4. Reduced emissions from land use, deforestation, forest degradation, and through sustainable forest management and conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks; 
      3. Project/programme level outcomes for mitigation:
        1. Strengthened institutional and regulatory systems for low-emission planning and development;
        2. Increased number of small, medium and large low-emission power suppliers;
        3. Lower energy intensity of buildings, cities, industries, and appliances;
        4. Increased use of low-carbon transport;
        5. Improved management of land or forest areas contributing to emissions reductions;
    3. Initial adaptation logic model:
      1. Paradigm shift objective for adaptation:
        • Increased climate-resilient sustainable development
      2. Fund level impacts for adaptation:
        1. Increased resilience and enhanced livelihoods of the most vulnerable people, communities, and regions;
        2. Increased resilience of health and well-being, and food and water security;
        3. Increased resilience of infrastructure and the built environment to climate change threats;
        4. Improved resilience of ecosystems and ecosystem services;
      3. Project/programme level outcomes for adaptation:
        1. Strengthened institutional and regulatory systems for climate- responsive planning and development;
        2. Increased generation and use of climate information in decision- making;
        3. Strengthened adaptive capacity and reduced exposure to climate risks;
        4. Strengthened awareness of climate threats and risk-reduction processes;
  3. Adopts the following core indicators for mitigation:
    1. Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2eq) reduced as a result of Fund-funded projects/programmes;
    2. Cost per tCO2eq decreased for all Fund-funded mitigation projects/programmes;
    3. Volume of finance leveraged by Fund funding, disaggregated by public and private sources;
  4. Adopts the following core indicator for adaptation: Total number of direct and indirect beneficiaries; number of beneficiaries relative to total population;
  5. Confirms that performance measured at the paradigm shift and impact levels refers to the aggregate project/programme-based results of the Fund;
  6. Acknowledges that the inputs, activities, and outputs will be defined for each project/programme on a case-by-case basis;
  7. Takes note of the initial performance indicators in Annex IX and Annex X to this document;
  8. Affirms that national and sector-wide indicators will be used only at the discretion of the recipient country;
  9. Decides that the results management framework should take a gender-sensitive approach and that the results should be disaggregated by gender where relevant;
  10. Requests the Secretariat to further develop the mitigation and adaptation performance measurement frameworks of the Fund, engaging international experts as required, for the Board to consider at its third meeting of 2014, including an approach to gender, indicators on mitigation and adaptation, and methodologies, data sources, frequency, and responsibilities for reporting;
  11. Further requests the Secretariat to develop a logic model and performance framework for ex-post REDD+ results-based payments, in accordance with the methodological guidance in the Warsaw framework for REDD+, for consideration at the third Board meeting of 2014.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.07/05 Financial Risk Management Framework:

  1. Recognizes that the initial financial risk management framework focuses on the financial risk environment that the Fund will encounter in its operations;
  2. Adopts the Fund’s initial financial risk management framework as contained in Annex XI and Annex XIII to this document;
  3. Takes note of the Fund’s financial risk categorization and management as contained in Annex XII to this document;
  4. Decides that the risk monitoring and reporting management system listed in table 1 of Annex XI to this document will be made operational before the Fund approves funding proposals;
  5. Requests the Secretariat, in consultation with the Risk Management Committee, to prepare an analysis of the Fund’s potential risk appetite under different key assumptions as part of its financial risk management framework. To this end:
    1. The Secretariat will provide, as a first step, a survey of methodologies used by relevant institutions to define and determine their risk appetite, for consideration by the Board at the third Board meeting of 2014;
    2. The Secretariat, in consultation with the Risk Management Committee, will present at the first meeting after the Fund’s initial resource mobilization a methodology for determining the initial risk appetite of the Fund, for approval of the Board; and
    3. The Secretariat to outline various scenarios, using the approved methodology, will support the Board in the setting of the Fund’s initial risk appetite.
  6. Decides to annually consider undertaking a review of the initial financial risk management framework, and to have an in-depth review no later than three years after the initial capitalization of the Fund;
  7. Requests that the Risk Management Committee, as part of its work programme, expand its analysis beyond financial risks to address other risks that the Fund may encounter.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.07/06 Investment Framework:

  1. Adopts the initial investment framework of the Fund, as contained in Annex XIV;
  2. Decides that the Fund’s initial investment framework will reflect the Fund’s theme/activity- based resource allocation system as laid out in decision B.05/05;
  3. Requests the Investment Committee to submit the following for consideration to the eighth Board meeting, with technical support from the Secretariat and other stakeholders and taking into consideration recommendations from the Private Sector Advisory Group, before the Fund approves funding proposals:
    1. Definitions for activity-specific sub-criteria and a set of activity-specific indicators, taking into account the Fund’s initial investment framework, the Fund’s initial result areas and initial results management framework, and decisions B.05/05, B.06/07 and B.05/03 as well as subsequent decisions on additional result areas for adaptation;
    2. Minimum benchmarks for each criterion, taking into account the best practices of other institutions;
    3. Identification and comparison of methodologies, that enable the Secretariat to assess the relative quality and innovativeness of comparable proposals in comparable circumstances, including through a survey, for the application of the sub-criteria mentioned in paragraph (c) (i) above in the selection of proposals;
  4. Requests the Secretariat to prepare a document for the eighth Board meeting that considers the additional support, expert advice and/or additional structures that are required to facilitate the work of the Secretariat in the assessment of proposals against the activity-specific criteria and the work of the Investment Committee;
  5. Decides to keep under review the initial investment framework and to take action as necessary in particular with respect to the criterion on needs of the recipient countries in the investment guidelines.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.07/07/Rev.01 Structure of the Fund and the Secretariat:

  1. Takes note of the document GCF/B.07/07/Rev.01 Structure of the Fund and the Secretariat;
  2. Affirms the structure of the Fund and the Secretariat as reflected in the Governing Instrument, and the decisions of the Board and the Conference of the Parties listed in Annex XV;
  3. Decides to undertake a review of the structure of the Fund and the Secretariat, no later than three years after the initial resource mobilization of the Fund;
  4. Recognizes that the structure of the Fund, including that of the Private Sector Facility (PSF), is evolving. In this regard, the Board will fully implement decision B.04/08 on the PSF and decision B.04/09 on the structure and organization, taking into consideration the recommendations of the Private Sector Advisory Group on enhancing the structure of the PSF.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.07/08 Initial Modalities for the Operation of the Fund’s Mitigation and Adaptation Windows and the Private Sector Facility:

  1. Takes note of document GCF/B.07/08;
  2. Affirms the initial modalities for the operation of the Fund’s mitigation and adaptation windows and the Private Sector Facility (PSF) as reflected in the Governing Instrument, and the decisions of the Board and of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change listed in Annex XVI;
  3. Recognizes that the mitigation and adaptation windows and the PSF are integral components of the Fund that will evolve over time;
  4. Decides to undertake a review of the initial modalities for the operation of the Fund’s mitigation and adaptation windows and the PSF, no later than three years after the initial resource mobilization of the Fund;
  5. Decides that the Board, in line with decision B.04/08, will consider at its eighth meeting further work on the modalities of the PSF, including:
    1. Modalities for mobilizing private sector resources at scale by the PSF and the use of other financial instruments, including guarantees and equity investment;
    2. The first report and recommendations of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG);
  6. Requests the PSAG to provide advice on the implementation of decision B.04/08 for consideration at the eighth meeting of the Board, with a focus on:
    1. Modalities to promote participation of private sector actors in developing countries, in particular local actors, including small and medium-sized enterprises and local financial intermediaries in small island developing States, least developed countries and Africa, and with a special emphasis on adaptation;
    2. Modalities and instruments to mobilize private resources at scale including through special financing vehicles or instruments, including risk mitigation instruments.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.07/09 Confirmation of the Completion of the Essential Requirements and the Commencement of the Initial Resource Mobilization Process:

  1. Decides that the eight essential requirements for the Fund to receive, manage, programme and disburse financial resources, as listed in Annex XXII of the decision B.05/17, have been met;
  2. Takes note that the policies, frameworks and procedures of the Fund are evolving and may need to be further enhanced;
  3. Decides to commence the process to mobilize resources commensurate with the Fund’s ambition to promote the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change;
  4. Requests the Secretariat to make arrangements with all interested contributors, facilitating a collective engagement in the initial resource mobilization process as agreed in decision B.05/17;
  5. Stresses the urgency to reach pledges by November 2014, while noting that the initial resource mobilization process may need to continue beyond this date;
  6. Endorses the arrangements for a collective engagement in the initial resource mobilization process, as contained in Annex XVII;
  7. Decides that the Board will consider the policies for contributions based on recommendations from the first meeting of interested contributors;
  8. Requests the Interim Trustee to provide support, as part of its function to administer the Green Climate Fund Trust Fund, to the Secretariat on:
    1. The preparation of a template for legal arrangements for contributions to the Fund for consideration by the Board;
    2. Other relevant financial management issues as agreed between the Secretariat and Interim Trustee;
  9. Authorizes the Executive Director to confirm with the Interim Trustee the scope of Interim Trustee support, as referred to in paragraph (h).

The Board, having considered the workload of the Secretariat between the seventh and eighth meeting of the Board:

Requests the Co-Chairs to determine the priorities for the agenda of the eighth Board meeting in consultations with their constituencies, taking into account the outstanding issues listed in the footnote of document GCF/B.07/01/Rev.01, the work plan of the Board adopted in decision B.05/19, and the mandates emerging from the decisions adopted at its seventh meeting.

The Board:

Decides that its third meeting in 2014 will take place in Barbados from 15 to 17 October 2014.

The Board:

Decides to consider the representation of Board membership at its eighth meeting.