How the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) supports the Global Environment Facility (GEF) - Submission to the GEF 25th anniversary article series

Over the past two decades, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) has supported the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in delivering its mission “…to assist in the protection of the global environment”, and promote “environmentally sound and sustainable economic development.” The Panel is supported by a Secretariat which is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). STAP’s goal is to assist the GEF partnership in delivering on it’s mission by leveraging knowledge and science on the global environment and sustainability. STAP advises the GEF on ways to advance a better understanding of the global environment and development, and how to address them. STAP provides a forum for integrating expertise on science and technology, and functions as an important conduit between the GEF and the global science and policy communities. STAP works in close collaboration with the diverse GEF network of countries, GEF Agencies, Conventions, the GEF Secretariat, and its Independent Evaluation Office. Seven prominent scientists, supported by a Secretariat, work together across natural, social and physical sciences as an interdisciplinary team to deliver this mandate.

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