Message from the Secretary-General
Innovation, collaboration and complementarities were among the main themes of the reform programme I launched last year in the United Nations. They are also the main characteristics of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its operations, which now cover more than 110 countries. The GEF has been instrumental in encouraging and sustaining a range of effective partnerships: among the World Bank, the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Development Programme, its three implementing agencies; between those agencies and the GEF's 161 participating members; with global conventions addressing environmental issues; with other multilateral mechanisms and financial institutions; and with an increasingly active range of civil society groups, the private sector, and the scientific community. These partnerships show reform in action. They are excellent examples of the broad alliances that will be needed to meet the sustainable development challenges of the 21st century. I commend the GEF for its important achievements and wish the first Assembly of the GEF family in New Delhi every success.
Kofi A. Annan
Secretary-General of the United Nations