During the week of 17 June, 2013, the Council of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) convened its 44th meeting at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Prior to the start of the meeting, a GEF Council Consultation Meeting with was held with Civil Society Organizations on Monday, 17 June 2013. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF, noted that while progress had been made regarding CSO engagement with the GEF, more could be done in this area. More information on the CSO Consultation meeting can be found here. From 18 June to 20 June 2013, the Council of the GEF met to address a variety of issues at its 44th meeting. These included approval of the work programme and budget for the GEF Evaluation Office as well as a discussion on the GEF's role regarding synergies among multilateral environmental agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention to Combat Desertification. The Council of the GEF also approved a decision for Mexico to host the fifth Assembly of the GEF. More information on this meeting can be found here and the IISD summary report can be found here.