GEF Secretariat

The GEF Secretariat is based in Washington, D.C. and reports directly to the GEF Council and Assembly, ensuring that their decisions are translated into effective actions. The secretariat coordinates the formulation of projects included in the work programs, oversees their implementation, and makes certain that operational strategies and policies are followed.

In establishing the GEF, the nations involved chose to tap the comparative advantages of three experienced institutions to implement projects, rather than construct a new one. The GEF CEO & Chairperson heads the Secretariat.