2017 GCF Annual Meeting


Building Inclusive, Green Economies

East Kalimantan, Indonesia

September 25-29, 2017 


The GCF Annual Meeting, hosted by the 2017 GCF Chair, East Kalimantan, is a unique opportunity to advance commitments GCF member states and provinces have made to build robust jurisdictional programs to protect forests and climate while enhancing livelihoods. In particular, GCF members are looking to achieve commitments made in the Rio Branco Declaration signed at the 2014 GCF Annual Meeting, in which GCF members agreed to reduce deforestation 80% by 2020, contingent upon the receipt of international financing. A provisional agenda with more details will be available in the resources tab.

The Annual Meeting is free to attend and open to all GCF stakeholders. Attendees must register in advance and are responsible for their travel expenses (transportation, hotel and meals). Interpretation will be provided throughout the meeting for GCF member languages: English, Indonesian, Portuguese and Spanish.



The GCF's Annual Meeting will:

  • serve as a platform for collaboration to create new partnerships between jurisdictions in Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Nigeria, Colombia and the Ivory Coast and the private sector, civil society, indigenous peoples, and financial institutions;
  • provide an opportunity to learn about subnational success stories and chart future pathways to success;
  • identify new funding streams for GCF states and provinces to preserve progress already made and help them reach goals established in the Rio Branco Declaration; and
  • be a catalyst for uniting subnational initiatives in a common voice.

Why Attend

  • Learn about subnational success stories from GCF states and provinces at the forefront of REDD+ policy innovation and how these successes can be scaled up to inform national and international approaches.
  • Network with tropical forest states and provinces that could be the key to realizing the Paris Agreement.
  • Become part of the network supporting subnational efforts to reduce emissions from land use changes.
  • Engage with policy makers and thought leaders on how to protect forests, reduce emissions, and enhance livelihoods during various interactive opportunities in the program including the World Cafe.
  • Learn about how alliances between GCF members and the private sector could eliminate deforestation from supply chains at the jurisdictional scale.

Visa Requirements

For international travelers, please note that a visa may be required for entry into Indonesia. It is critical that you check with your local consular office to determine your visa application requirements as they differ from country to country.


Meeting Venue

Novotel Balikpapan

JL Brigjen Ery Suparjan No 2
Tel (+62)542/820820 - Fax (+62)542/732999
GPS. S 1° 16' 33.50'' E 116° 50' 5.28''

Discover East Kalimantan

Friday, September 29

Registered guests can sign up for one of four trips to explore East Kalimantan’s rainforests, nature tourism and protected wildlife. 


Arrival and Departure Information
The official Annual Meeting will begin on the evening of Tuesday, September 26 with a welcome reception and will conclude with a closing dinner on the evening of September 28.

Travel Arrangements
We recommend flying into Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan Balikpapan airport and arranging travel to the hotel via the airport. The distance from the airport to the hotel
will take approximately 30 minutes. In addition, there is an airport taxi at Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan Balikpapan. The taxi booth is on your left side after you exit the departure terminal.

Hotel Information
All of the meetings and gatherings for the Annual Meeting will occur at Novotel Balikpapan Hotel.  Other nearby hotels include the Ibis Balikpapan and the Gran Senyiur. Please contact the hotels directly if you wish to make reservation.

                               Novotel Balikpapan Hotel                                                                                             Ibis Balikpapan Hotel                                                                                                      Gran Senyiur Hotel
                               Jalan Brigjen Ery Suparjan No. 2                                                                                 Jalan Brigjen Ery Suparjan No. 2                                                                                 Jalan A.R.S Mohammad No. 7
                               76112, Balikpapan                                                                                                             76112, Balikpapan                                                                                                             76112, Balikpapan
                               Phone : +62 542 820820                                                                                          Phone : +62 542 820821                                                                                             Phone : +62 542 820211
                               Email : reservation@novotelbalikpapan.com                                                        Email : H7443-re1@accor.com                                                                                   Email : reservation@senyiurhotels.com

World Café
This year’s Annual Meeting will include a World Café that will provide an opportunity for states, provinces and stakeholders to highlight recent achievements that would be a unique learning opportunity for participants. If you are interested in reserving one of these booths to showcase your organization’s work, please contact gcfindonesiasecretariat@inobu.org We estimate the Annual Meeting participation to be between 200-300 so please bring enough materials to share. Organizations interested in reserving these booths will be asked for a contribution toward the event space. There are limited number of these opportunities. The deadline to register for a booth at the World Café is August 31 and will be filled on a rolling basis.

Balikpapan Challenge
During the Annual Meeting, the 2017 Chair of the GCF, Honorable Governor Awang Faroek of East Kalimantan, will launch the Balikpapan Challenge. The Balikpapan Challenge will bring commitments to action by establishing pillars of a global framework to address deforestation through a two-year process which capitalizes on synergies between corporate commitments and jurisdictional programs to reduce deforestation. We invite you to join us for the launch of the Challenge on September 28th.

Typically, the weather in the city of Balikpapan in September will have temperatures in the mid 80°s F. Daily low temperatures are around 77°F. In addition, the chance of a wet day over the course of September is essentially constant, remaining around 37% throughout. Best to plan for some rain.

Visa Requirements
For a majority of the international travelers, there are no visa restrictions if staying less than 30 days. There may be entry fees that are administered at the point of entry into the country. Please research with your country’s consular to determine if you will need to secure a visa prior to your visit and any costs that may be incurred.