Tenth meeting of the GCF Board (B.10)

Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea
6 - 9 July 2015

Documents
Type Title Ref # PDF
Co-Chairs note
Reflection Note by the Co-Chairs ahead of the Tenth Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund Informal Note B.10-01
Meeting report
Report of the Tenth Meeting of the Board, 6-9 July 2015 GCF/B.10/18
Decision
Decisions of the Board - Tenth Meeting of the Board, 6-9 July 2015 GCF/B.10/17
Agenda
Agenda GCF/B.10/01/Rev.01
Action item
Date and Venue of the Eleventh Meeting of the Board GCF/B.10/02
Action item
Consideration of Accreditation Proposals GCF/B.10/03
Action item
Applying Scale in the Assessment of Funding Proposals GCF/B.10/04
Action item
Additional Modalities that Further Enhance Direct Access: Terms of Reference for a Pilot Phase GCF/B.10/05
Action item
Level of Concessional Terms for the Public Sector GCF/B.10/06
Action item
Initial Risk Management Framework: Methodology to Determine and Define the Fund’s Risk Appetite GCF/B.10/07
Action item
Selection Process and Terms of Reference of the Heads of the Accountability Units: Recommendations of the Appointment Committee GCF/B.10/09
Action item
Methodology for Decisions Taken in between Meetings GCF/B.10/10
Action item
Decision-making Procedures for the Board in the Absence of Consensus GCF/B.10/11
Action item
Template for the Bilateral Agreement on Privileges and Immunities GCF/B.10/12
Action item
Policies on Ethics and Conflicts of Interest GCF/B.10/13
Action item
Policies on Ethics and Conflicts of Interest GCF/B.10/13/Rev.01
Action item
Further Consideration of the Initial Term of Board Membership GCF/B.10/14
Action item
Appointment of Experts of the Independent Technical Advisory Panel GCF/B.10/15
Information
Annotations to the Provisional Agenda GCF/B.10/Inf.01
Information
Report on Activities of the Co-Chairs GCF/B.10/Inf.02
Information
Report on Activities of the Secretariat GCF/B.10/Inf.03
Information
Report from Committees and Panels GCF/B.10/Inf.04
Information
Report from Committees and Panels - Addendum GCF/B.10/Inf.04/Add.01
Information
Report on the Implementation of Legal and Formal Arrangements with Accredited Entities GCF/B.10/Inf.05
Information
Progress Report on the Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme GCF/B.10/Inf.06
Information
Country Ownership GCF/B.10/Inf.07
Information
Fourth Report of the Green Climate Fund to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change GCF/B.10/08
Information
Further Development of the Initial Proposal Approval Process GCF/B.10/Inf.08
Information
Status of the Initial Resource Mobilization Process GCF/B.10/Inf.09
Information
Brief Guideline on the Application of the Case-by-case Provisions in the Financial Terms and Conditions of the Fund’s Instruments GCF/B.10/Inf.10
Information
Initial Monitoring and Accountability Framework for Accredited Entities (Progress Report) GCF/B.10/Inf.11
Information
Recommendations for Further Accrediting National, Regional and Private Sector Entities (Progress Report) GCF/B.10/Inf.12
Information
Recommendations from the Private Sector Advisory Group to the Board of the Green Climate Fund GCF/B.10/16
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 ninth meeting
4. Report on activities of the Co-Chairs
5. Report on activities of the Secretariat
6. Reports from committees and panels
7. Status of the Initial Resource Mobilization process
8. Level of concessional terms for the public sector
9. Brief guideline on the application of the case-by-case provisions in the financial terms and conditions of the Fund’s instruments
10. Additional modalities that further enhance direct access: Terms of reference for a pilot phase
11. Selection process and terms of reference for the heads of the accountability units: Recommendations of the Appointment Committee
12. Consideration of accreditation proposals
13. Initial monitoring and accountability framework for accredited entities (progress report)
14. Report on the implementation of legal and formal arrangements with accredited entities
15. Recommendations for further accrediting national, regional and private sector entities (progress report)
16. Initial risk management framework: Methodology to determine and define the Fund’s risk appetite
17. Appointment of experts of the independent Technical Advisory Panel
18. Progress report on the readiness and preparatory support programme
19. Country ownership
20. Further development of the initial proposal approval process
21. Recommendations from the Private Sector Advisory Group to the Board of the Green Climate Fund
22. Template for the bilateral agreement on privileges and immunities
23. Decision-making procedures for the Board in the absence of consensus
24. Policies on ethics and conflicts of interest
25. Methodology for decisions taken in between meetings
26. Strategic plan for the Fund
27. Items for consideration at the eleventh meeting of the Board
28. Further consideration of the initial term of Board membership
29. Investment Framework: Applying scale in the assessment of funding proposals
30. Fourth report of the Green Climate Fund to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
31. Date and venue of the following meeting of the Board
32. Other matters
33. Report of the meeting
34. Closure of the meeting

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.09/24/Drf.01 Draft Report of the Ninth Meeting of the Board, 24-26 March 2015:

  1. Requests the Secretariat to revise the draft report of the ninth meeting to reflect the amendments suggested by the Board;
  2. Adopts the report of the ninth meeting of the Board contained in document GCF/B.09/24 on the understanding that it includes the decisions of the ninth meeting of the Board and the amendments suggested by Board members; and
  3. Agrees to publish the report on the Fund’s website (document GCF/B.09/24 Report of the Ninth Meeting of the Board, 24-26 March 2015).

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/Inf.09 Status of the Initial Resource Mobilization Process:

  1. Takes note of the information presented in document GCF/B.10/Inf.09 Status of the Initial Resource Mobilization Process;
  2. Welcomes the progress made by those countries that have converted their pledges to the Green Climate Fund (the Fund) into fully executed contribution agreements/arrangements; and
  3. Urges other contributing countries to confirm their pledges to the Fund in the form of fully executed contribution agreements/arrangements.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/06 Level of Concessional Terms for the Public Sector:

Requests the Risk Management Committee, with the support of the Secretariat, to present a revised document on this matter for the Board’s consideration at its twelfth meeting.

The Board, having considered document GCF/B.10/05 Additional Modalities that Further Enhance Direct Access: Terms of Reference for a Pilot Phase:

  1. Approves the terms of reference for a pilot phase enhancing direct access to the Green Climate Fund (the Fund) as contained in Annex I to this document;
  2. Requests the Secretariat, under the guidance and oversight of the Accreditation Committee and in consultation with relevant stakeholders and the independent Technical Advisory Panel, to prepare and launch a request for proposal for countries, in accordance with Annex I hereto (Request for Proposal), through their national designated authorities or focal points and public media;
  3. Recalls that access to Fund resources will be through accredited entities. As such, nominated entities must be accredited by the Fund, in respect of the Fund’s fit-for-purpose approach, prior to the review by the Board of their pilot proposals;
  4. Requests the Secretariat to publish the pilot proposals on the Fund’s website at least 21 calendar days before the first day of the meeting at which they will be presented to the Board for approval;
  5. Also requests the Secretariat and the independent Technical Advisory Panel to undertake the assessment of pilot proposals received in response to a request for proposal from countries in accordance with the Fund’s initial proposal approval process,1 and the initial investment framework and to provide recommendations on pilots to be approved with the initial aim of providing up to US$ 200 million for at least 10 pilots, including at least four pilots to be implemented in small island developing States, the least developed countries and African States; and
  6. Further requests the Secretariat to report back to the Board on the progress made on this request for proposal at the twelfth meeting of the Board.

The Board having taken note of the information presented in document GCF/B.10/09 Selection Process and Terms of Reference of the Heads of the Accountability Units: Recommendations of the Appointment Committee:

  1. Endorses the selection process, as set out in Annex II to this document;
  2. Takes note of the indicative timeline encompassing the entire selection process, as set out in Annex III to this document;
  3. Endorses the terms of reference of the recruitment firm, as set out in Annex IV to this document;
  4. Agrees to appoint a recruitment firm via an in-between meetings decision with an invitation to approve the decision within a period of one week;
  5. Approves a budget for the selection process of the accountability units, including the costs of the recruitment firm;
  6. Decides that the remuneration levels of the heads of the three accountability units will be comparable to the salary levels of equivalent roles in other specialized global funds;
  7. Requests the Secretariat to provide a comparison of salary levels for comparable positions at other specialized global funds;
  8. Also requests the Appointment Committee to provide additional recommendations on the salary levels for consideration by the Board at its eleventh meeting;
  9. Decides that the heads of the units will be offered performance-based contracts;
  10. Requests the Appointment Committee to develop the performance criteria and measurement procedure for approval by the Board via an in-between meetings decision before the twelfth meeting of the Board;
  11. Adopts the terms of reference of the Head of the Independent Evaluation Unit in accordance with decision B.09/14, paragraph (c), as set out in Annex V to this document;
  12. Also adopts the terms of reference of the Head of the Independent Integrity Unit in accordance with decision B.09/14, paragraph (c), as set out in Annex VI to this document;
  13. Further adopts the terms of reference of the Head of the Independent Redress Mechanism in accordance with decision B.09/14, paragraph (c), as set out in Annex VII to this document; and
  14. Agrees to amend the terms of reference of the Independent Redress Mechanism, as set out in Annex V to decision B.06/09, to make the position of the Head of Independent Redress Mechanism a full-time post.

The Board, having considered document GCF/B.10/03 Consideration of Accreditation Proposals and after further exchange with the Accreditation Panel (AP):

  1. Takes note with appreciation of the in-depth assessment conducted by the AP contained within the relevant annexes for the following applicants:
    1. Applicant 008 (APL008) is the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF), as contained in Annex VIII;
    2. Applicant 009 (APL009) is the Ministry of Natural Resources of Rwanda (MINIRENA), as contained in Annex IX;
    3. Applicant 010 (APL010) is the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), as contained in Annex X;
    4. Applicant 011 (APL011) is the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), as contained in Annex XI;
    5. Applicant 012 (APL012) is the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), as contained in Annex XII;
    6. Applicant 013 (APL013) is the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), as contained in Annex XIII;
    7. Applicant 014 (APL014) is Deutsche Bank AktienGesellschaft (Deutsche Bank AG), as contained in Annex XIV;
    8. Applicant 015 (APL015) is the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), as contained in Annex XV;
    9. Applicant 016 (APL016) is the Conservation International Foundation (CI), as contained in Annex XVI;
    10. Applicant 017 (APL017) is the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as contained in Annex XVII;
    11. Applicant 018 (APL018) is the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), as contained in Annex XVIII;
    12. Applicant 019 (APL019) is the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as contained in Annex XIX; and
    13. Applicant 020 (APL020) is the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA) (together as “World Bank”, as contained in Annex XX;
  2. Also takes note that the Board exercised its discretion and best judgement in reliance on the information furnished by the AP;
  3. Accredits APL008, APL009, APL010, APL011, APL012, APL013, APL014, APL015, APL016, APL017, APL018, APL019 and APL020 pursuant to paragraph 45 of the Governing Instrument for the Green Climate Fund (the Fund), and subject to, and in accordance with, the assessment, including any conditions and recommendations, by the AP as contained in the relevant annexes for each of the applicant entities and reiterated in Annex XXII;
  4. Decides that the Board shall continue to exercise its discretion and best judgement in future accreditation decisions;
  5. Requests the Secretariat to track and report on the fulfilment of conditions of accreditation on a regular basis;
  6. Takes note that, pursuant to decision B.08/03, paragraph (k), the Secretariat in consultation with the AP, is proposing that the eligibility to apply under the fast-track accreditation process be extended to those entities listed in Annex XXI;
  7. Decides that those entities referred to in Annex XXI are also eligible to apply under the fast- track accreditation process for the Fund’s standards in accordance with decision B.08/03, paragraph (e), for Global Environment Facility agencies, decision B.08/03, paragraph (f), for entities accredited by the Adaptation Fund, and decision B.08/03, paragraph (g), for entities under the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid of the European Commission;
  8. Also decides that, recalling decision B.06/06 and pursuant to decision B.09/07, paragraph (g), the Secretariat will actively support applications for accreditation received from subnational, national and regional public and private sector entities in order to ensure a balance of diversity, including between entities under the direct access and international access modalities, in the list of entities being considered for accreditation by the Board;
  9. Further decides that, recalling decision B.08/03, all international entities, as an important consideration of their accreditation application, shall indicate how they intend to strengthen capacities of, or otherwise support, potential subnational, national and regional entities to meet, at the earliest opportunity, the accreditation requirements of the Fund in order to enhance country ownership and that they report annually on these actions;
  10. Reaffirms that information on how the entity will contribute to the mandate of the Fund and any information considered material, particularly information with potential reputational risks to the Fund, shall be provided in the recommendation of the AP to the Board;
  11. Requests the Secretariat, as part of the information disclosure policy to be considered by the Board at its eleventh meeting, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, to develop a proposal to increase the transparency of the accreditation process, including the modalities for the disclosure of the names of applicant entities and/or those recommended by the AP to the Board for accreditation;
  12. Decides that, recalling decision B.09/08, the accreditation master agreement, to be signed between the Fund and each accredited entity, shall define the relationship between the Fund and the entity, including the roles of each and how each will carry out its responsibilities, under those arrangements, with regard to the extent and scope of its accreditation;
  13. Requests the Secretariat to address through the accreditation master agreement or other relevant documents, including the risk management framework, any conflict of interest, potential conflict of interest and reputational risks which may arise from the relationship between the Fund and its accredited entities reflecting generally accepted international standards;
  14. Also requests the Secretariat to present relevant policies addressing fraud, corruption and other prohibited practices, and policies addressing anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism issues, taking into account relevant Board decisions and international best practices and standards for inclusion in the Fund’s fiduciary principles and standards adopted in decision B.07/02, for consideration by the Board no later than its eleventh meeting;
  15. Authorizes the Executive Director to recruit a fiduciary compliance specialist with anti- money laundering and countering financing of terrorism skills;
  16. Decides that, in accordance with the disclosure policies of the Fund:
    1. The Secretariat will submit a document on the consideration of accreditation proposals, including the AP’s assessment and recommendations on accreditation and names of the entities, to the Board at least 21 days before the start of the Board meeting;
    2. Board members may provide questions about the entities being recommended for accreditation, in writing, to the Secretariat within one week of the AP’s recommendations being circulated to the Board;
    3. The Secretariat shall compile questions provided by the Board, and circulate the compilation of questions, verbatim, to the AP and all Board members; and
    4. The AP shall respond to all questions and provide a compilation of those responses to the Board at the latest one week before the Board meeting. The AP will have sole authority to decide whether or not to make changes to its recommendation in response to feedback from the Board.
  17. Also decides to revise the membership of the Accreditation Committee, as contained in Annex IV to decision B.07/02, to comprise:
    1. Three Board members or alternate members from developing country Parties; and
    2. Three Board members or alternate members from developed country Parties; and
  18. Requests the Accreditation Committee with the support of the Secretariat to work on a strategy on accreditation for consideration by the Board at its eleventh meeting. The report should examine issues including efficiency, fairness and transparency of the accreditation process, as well as the extent to which current and future accredited entities enable the Fund to fulfil its mandate.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/Inf.11 Initial Monitoring and Accountability Framework for Accredited Entities (Progress Report):

  1. Notes the need for ongoing monitoring of compliance with the Green Climate Fund’s (the Fund) fiduciary standards, environmental and social safeguards, and gender policy;
  2. Decides that the accreditation of an entity to the Fund is valid for a fixed term of five years or less, depending on the terms of accreditation;
  3. Also decides that the Board will decide whether an entity is to be re-accredited, based on the assessment conducted by the Secretariat and the Accreditation Panel;
  4. Further decides that the initial monitoring and accountability framework will focus on compliance with the Fund’s environmental and social safeguards, fiduciary standards, and gender policy, and will comprise at least four compliance checks of the accredited entities and activities financed by the Fund as follows:
    1. Annual self-reporting to the Secretariat by the accredited entity and at any time when an important change in the capacity or any other material aspect of the accredited entity with regard to the Fund’s fiduciary standards, environmental and social safeguards, and gender policy occurs;
    2. Ad hoc checks by the Secretariat at the level of the accredited entity and/or at the level of the project/programme, when any significant concern of potential non-compliance arises;
    3. Annual review on a given proportion by number of projects, of the Fund’s portfolio of projects and programmes, where projects and programmes to be reviewed are selected inter alia with consideration of the risk category of the project/programme; and
    4. A light-touch review of the accredited entity halfway through its five-year accreditation period;
  5. Requests the Secretariat to further develop the initial monitoring and accountability framework for consideration by the Board at its eleventh meeting, in particular providing more detail on:
    1. Corrective actions and remedies that can be implemented in cases of non-compliance;
    2. The implementation of the compliance checks listed in paragraph (d) above and any additional compliance checks that may be identified;
    3. An early warning system to support ad hoc checks and the annual review of a portion of the Fund’s portfolio;
    4. Local monitoring (including feedback from a range of stakeholders, including women);
    5. How to process the potential reaccreditation of accredited entities at the end of their five-year accreditation period;
    6. How the initial monitoring and accountability framework will relate to and work with the Fund’s accountability units;
    7. Ensuring there are sufficient resources available to the Secretariat to implement the framework;
    8. How the framework will use a risk-based approach, including by leveraging other monitoring processes, to use its resources efficiently;
    9. Reporting on the findings of activities under the monitoring and accountability framework; and
    10. How the national designated authority or focal point can be included in the initial monitoring and accountability framework; and
  6. Also requests the Secretariat, when further developing the initial monitoring and accountability framework, to do so in consultation with the Accreditation Committee and entities accredited by the Fund, and by engaging a wide group of stakeholders, including women through a call for public input.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/07 Initial Risk Management Framework: Methodology to Determine and Define the Fund’s Risk Appetite:

  1. Adopts the risk dashboard and the related categories and subcategories of risk proposed in Annex XXIII to this document;
  2. Also adopts the Fund’s risk appetite methodology as contained in Annex XXIV to this document;
  3. Requests the Secretariat, in consultation with the Risk Management Committee, to prepare for the eleventh Board meeting, a detailed risk register, which shall further define the risk categories and subcategories, as outlined in Annex XXIII to this document;
  4. Also requests the Secretariat, in consultation with the Risk Management Committee, to develop and run scenarios, for the eleventh Board meeting, based on the adopted risk categories and subcategories, for consideration by the Board in the establishment of priorities, targets, tolerances and limits for the different risk categories and subcategories, as outlined in Annex XXIV to this document and to specify the risks to be addressed by the Fund and other actors such as accredited entities; and
  5. Further requests the Secretariat, in consultation with the Risk Management Committee, to undertake a review of the risk dashboard by the third Board meeting of 2016.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/15 Appointment of Experts of the Independent Technical Advisory Panel:

  1. Endorses the nomination by the Investment Committee of the following experts of the independent Technical Advisory Panel for one term:
    1. Mr. Ahsan Uddin Ahmed (Male, Bangladesh);
    2. Ms. Silvie Kreibiehl (Female, Germany);
    3. Ms. Claudia Martinez (Female, Colombia); and
    4. Mr. Jo Yamagata (Male, Japan);
  2. Reaffirms that the work of the independent Technical Advisory Panel will be conducted as per the terms of reference approved in decision B.09/10, paragraph (a);
  3. Also reaffirms that the Panel will comprise six members as per the terms of reference approved in decision B.09/10, paragraph (a), and that the remaining two Panel members will be selected before the twelfth meeting of the Board with due consideration to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) roster of experts and to the geographic and specialty coverage, as appropriate;
  4. Decides that the Secretariat, in consultation with the Investment Committee, will conduct a review of the independent Technical Advisory Panel’s effectiveness to be provided to the Board for consideration at its fourteenth meeting. This review will include an assessment of:
    1. Projected demands on the Panel and its associated capacity to assess funding proposals in terms of time commitment and range of technical expertise;
    2. Any specific gaps in the Panel’s technical expertise that should be filled through the appointment of additional Panel members (including from the UNFCCC roster of experts as appropriate) rather than ad hoc technical support; and
    3. Costings for the recruitment and employment of such additional Panel members;
  5. Moreover, based on the objectives and guiding principles, and paragraph 70 on expert and technical advice of the Governing Instrument, and on the Panel’s terms of reference as approved in decision B.09/10, paragraph (a), agrees that:
    1. The Panel will, with the help of the Secretariat, draw on technical expertise, particularly including that from, but not limited to, the UNFCCC roster of experts and thematic bodies, as appropriate; and
    2. The Secretariat should, in line with the Panel’s terms of reference, establish a dedicated roster of experts for the Panel in major mitigation and adaptation areas over time, and to report on progress at the fourteenth meeting of the Board; and
  6. Decides, noting decision 5/CP.19, to include in its annual report to the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC information on the development and implementation of mechanisms to draw on appropriate expert and technical advice, including from the relevant thematic bodies established under the Convention, as appropriate.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/Inf.07 Country Ownership, reaffirming that the Green Climate Fund (the Fund) will pursue a country driven approach:

  1. Takes note of the document;
  2. Recognizes the importance of enhancing country ownership, country drivenness and the role that national designated authorities (NDAs)/focal points(FPs) can play in this regard;
  3. Affirms that all efforts should be undertaken to:
    1. Strengthen the key role of NDAs/FPs in the formulation of country programme/project pipelines, the consideration of implementation partners, and financial planning, and enhance capacity, including through the programme on readiness and preparatory support;
    2. Also strengthen the role of NDAs/FPs in monitoring and providing feedback regarding the impact of Fund operations within countries in terms of the degree to which the Fund’s initiatives add value to national development priorities, building institutional capacity, and promoting a paradigm shift towards low carbon and climate resilient development; and
    3. Promote a central and leading role of NDAs/FPs in the coordination of the Fund’s engagements within countries while highlighting the importance of the differentiation of roles between the Secretariat, accredited entities and NDAs/FPs in relation to country programming;
  4. Requests the Secretariat to prepare a proposal of guidelines and drawing upon learning experiences and best practices across NDAs/FPs in order to address the aspects outlined in paragraph (c) above for consideration by the Board at its twelfth meeting;
  5. Recognizes that NDAs/FPs should facilitate country coordination and engagement with representatives of relevant stakeholders such as the private sector, academia and civil society organizations and women’s organizations, taking into account the best practice options adopted by the Board in decision B.08/10 and supported as needed by the Secretariat; and
  6. Reaffirms, in accordance with decision B.08/11, the readiness and preparatory support programme as a mechanism to enhance country ownership.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/16 Recommendations from the Private Sector Advisory Group to the Board of the Green Climate Fund (the Fund):

  1. Decides, taking note of the recommendations contained in document GCF/B.10/16, to establish a pilot programme to support micro-, small-, and medium- sized enterprises (MSMEs) and a pilot programme to mobilize resources at scale in order to address adaptation and mitigation;
  2. Also decides to allocate over the course of the initial resource mobilization period, in several tranches:
    1. Up to US$ 200 million for the MSME pilot programme; and
    2. Up to US$ 500 million for the mobilizing resources pilot programme;
  3. Further decides that the Board may review the aforementioned amounts when it deems appropriate;
  4. Requests the Secretariat, in the implementation of decision B.09/09, paragraph (h), taking note of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) recommendations as contained in document GCF/B.10/16, to present for the Board’s consideration by no later than the twelfth meeting of the Board the terms of reference for a request for proposal (RFP) for entities to manage the MSME pilot programmes, and the terms of reference for an RFP for entities to mobilize resources at scale, with an aim of launching both RFPs in 2016;
  5. Decides that both pilot programmes will be consistent with the objectives and policies of the Fund, including country ownership through the participation of national designated authorities (NDAs)/focal points (FPs), stakeholders and accredited observers, inter alia NDAs/FPs providing non-objection for selected proposals;
  6. Notes that the use of RFPs is complementary to, and not a substitute for, proposals submitted to the Fund by accredited entities and NDAs/FPs;
  7. Also notes the PSAG recommendation that external support may prove useful and the Secretariat will explore the need to retain external support in order to operationalize the pilot programmes;
  8. Requests the Accreditation Committee and the PSAG to present further recommendations on possible measures to support the accreditation of entities with solid track records in supporting MSMEs and in mobilizing resources at scale for the Board’s consideration by no later than its twelfth meeting; and
  9. Decides to review the implementation and scale of the initial phase of the MSME pilot programme and the mobilization pilot programme two years from the date on which the RFPs are made.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/12 Template for Bilateral Agreement on Privileges and Immunities:

  1. Authorizes the Executive Director to negotiate and sign, or otherwise develop, taking account of the draft provisions set out in Annex XXV hereto and the domestic legal and policy frameworks of countries, agreements or other appropriate arrangements with countries on the privileges and immunities of the Green Climate Fund (the Fund);
  2. Also authorizes the Executive Director to develop additional arrangements to elaborate on the privileges and immunities negotiated or otherwise developed by the Fund and country Parties to address privileges, immunities or exemptions for:
    1. Conferences or other international meetings of the Fund;
    2. Country or regional offices of the Fund, or any permanent presence in a country;
    3. Resolution of disputes regarding the application of privileges and immunities of the Fund; and
    4. Any other privileges, immunities, or exemptions that the country and the Fund may agree as necessary to protect the Fund and persons associated with the Fund;
  3. Requests the Secretariat to report at each meeting of the Board as part of the Secretariat’s activities on any agreements or other appropriate arrangements which have been concluded or implemented;
  4. Also requests the Secretariat to implement measures such as insurance, indemnification, or other liability protection to assure that Secretariat staff, Board members and alternates are protected, as appropriate, including while on mission; and
  5. Further requests the Secretariat to incorporate in the report to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change a section on the status of the Fund’s existing privileges and immunities with regard to its operational activities, starting at its twenty-first session and thereafter biennially, consistent with decision 7/CP.20, paragraph 22.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/13/Rev.01 Policies on Ethics and Conflicts of Interest:

  1. Adopts the Policy on Ethics and Conflicts of Interest for External Members of Green Climate Fund Panels and Groups as set out in Annex XXVI to this document (the Policy);
  2. Decides that, solely in respect of the role of the Independent Integrity Unit (IIU) under the Policy, the Ethics and Audit Committee will fulfil such role on a temporary basis until the IIU shall have become operational;
  3. Adopts the Policy on Ethics and Conflicts of Interest for the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund Secretariat as set out in Annex XXVII to this document (the Executive Director Policy);
  4. Decides to authorize the Ethics and Audit Committee to carry out the responsibilities assigned to it in the Executive Director Policy; and
  5. Requests the Ethics and Audit Committee, with the support of the Secretariat, to continue its work on recommended policies on ethics and conflicts of interest for the other Board appointed officials and active observers.

The Board, having considered agenda item 26 “Strategic plan for the Fund” of document GCF/B.10/01/Rev.01 Agenda:

Invites members of the Board to send inputs to the Secretariat by 31 July 2015, in order for the Secretariat to produce a progress report on the strategic plan for consideration by the Board at its eleventh meeting.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/18/Drf.02 Items for consideration at the eleventh meeting of the Board:

Requests the Co-Chairs to propose a provisional agenda for the eleventh meeting of the Board in consultation with their respective constituencies before 31 July 2015.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/14 Further Consideration of the Initial Term of Board Membership:

  1. Decides that:
    1. Members and alternate members of the Board whose terms expire on 23 August 2015 shall continue in their functions until their successors have been selected;
    2. Members and alternate members of the Board serving in the capacity of members of the Accreditation Committee, the Risk Management Committee, the Investment Committee and the Private Sector Advisory Group, whose terms expire in 2015 shall continue in their functions until their successors have been selected;
    3. Representatives of the active observers from accredited civil society organizations and private sector organizations whose terms expire in 2015 shall continue in their functions until their successors have been selected; and
    4. All of the above are subject to no person continuing in his/her function as part of the initial term after 31 December 2015 or changing the cycle of the terms; and
  2. Requests the Secretariat to further consider the possibility of aligning the term of Board membership to the calendar year and to report back to the Board at its twelfth session.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/04 Applying Scale in the Assessment of Funding Proposals, and recalling decision B.09/05:

  1. Decides that in applying the scaling pilot, the proposal size is defined as:
    1. Micro proposals: up to and including US$ 10 million in total project size;
    2. Small proposals: above US$ 10 million and up to and including US$ 50 million in total project size;
    3. Medium proposals: above US$ 50 million and up to and including US$ 250 million in total project size; and
    4. Large proposals: above US$ 250 million in total project size;
  2. Also decides that the scaling pilot will apply to all medium and large proposals;
  3. Further decides that in monitoring the effectiveness of the scaling pilot, mitigation proposals will only be compared with mitigation proposals and adaptation proposals will only be compared with adaptation proposals;
  4. Decides to recognize country needs and circumstances while applying the scaling pilot, in line with decision B.09/05, paragraph (g); and
  5. Requests the Secretariat to review the scaling pilot on an annual basis and to communicate its findings to the Investment Committee and to the Board.

The Board, having considered document GCF/B.10/08 Fourth Report of the Green Climate Fund to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:

  1. Requests the current Co‐Chairs, assisted by the Secretariat, to finalize the Fourth Report of the Green Climate Fund to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (hereinafter referred to as Fourth Report), presented in the Annex XXVIII to this document, taking into consideration the comments made and decisions taken at the tenth meeting, and submit the revised report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat as soon as possible, but no later than 12 weeks prior to the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), in accordance with decision 7/CP.20, paragraph 23;
  2. Also requests the current Co-Chairs, assisted by the Secretariat, to issue and submit to the UNFCCC secretariat an addendum to the Fourth Report after the eleventh meeting of the Board and before COP 21; and
  3. Decides to adopt an annual reporting period running from 1 August up to and including 31 July of the following calendar year for the report of the Green Climate Fund to the Conference of the Parties, starting with the next annual report to the Conference of the Parties.

The Board, having reviewed document GCF/B.10/02 Date and Venue of the Eleventh Meeting of the Board:

  1. Decides that its third meeting in 2015 will take place in Zambia from 4 to 6 November 2015, with dates to be further confirmed; and
  2. Requests the Secretariat to pursue its consultations with Zambia with a view to concluding the required agreement and to making the necessary arrangements.