About STAP

Who We Are

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel comprises seven expert advisers supported by a Secretariat, which are together responsible for connecting the GEF to the most up to date, authoritative, and globally representative science. The STAP Chair reports to every GEF Council meeting, briefing Council members on the Panel’s work and emerging scientific and technical issues. Advice to Council includes writing primers, or leading in-depth analyses, on themes influencing the sustainability of the global environment and development. In addition, STAP reviews and/or co- authorships GEF Policy papers where there are significant scientific or technical issues.

The following chart indicates how STAP engages with the GEF Partnership.

STAP-GEF Engagement

STAP Chart


To find out more please download the STAP Brochure.


Read STAP's Terms of reference.


Read STAP's Rules of Procedure.

STAP's Mandate

STAP is the advisory body of the GEF on science and technology. It has a mandate to:

  • Provide strategic scientific and technical advice on GEF policies, thematic areas of work,  projects, and programs.

  • Build networks with scientists working across a range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, and with the science and policy communities of the Conventions which the GEF serves: Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

  • Bring to the GEF’s attention priorities that address global environmental change and sustainability, and which may not be covered by the Conventions.


How We Work

STAP is supported by a Secretariat hosted by UN Environment. The Secretariat is based in Washington, D.C. at North America Office of the UN Environment. The Secretariat is led by a Secretary who works closely with the STAP Chair in coordinating the work of the Panel. Secretariat staff with expertise in a variety of areas of relevance to the GEF Program supports the work of the Panel.

STAP’s activities are documented in a work program. STAP develops its work program in collaboration with the GEF Agencies, and GEF Secretariat. The work program is developed every four years to support the priorities identified during the replenishment of the GEF trust fund. STAP and its GEF partners review and update the work program on a yearly basis.

The work program activities result in a product that captures STAP’s advice on a particular topic. These products are published by STAP.  The STAP Chair provides a summary of STAP’s recent advice in her report, and presentation to the GEF Council.

The following documents provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of STAP, in particular guidance on how STAP functions within the GEF Partnership. Specifically it provides an overview of the composition and functions of the STAP Panel including the member selection process, an outline of how the STAP Work Program is prepared, a summary of the composition and role of the STAP Secretariat, and finally an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the host Agency UN Environment on behalf of the GEF Partnership.

  1. STAP Terms of Reference (as approved by Council, April 2012);

  2. STAP Rules of Procedure (information document to Council, May 2004);

  3. Rules of Procedure of the GEF Council (as approved by Council, Oct. 2007);

  4. GEF Instrument (as amended by the 5th GEF Assembly);