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Introduction

The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) was established to support a work programme to assist Least Developed Country Parties (LDCs) carry out, inter alia, the preparation and implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs).

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), as an operating entity of the Financial Mechanism of the Convention, has been entrusted to operate this Fund through decision 27/CP.7.

The Conference of the Parties (COP), at its eleventh session,  agreed on provisions to operationalize the LDCF tosupport the implementation of NAPAs, providing guidance with regards to priority areas, and provisions on full-cost funding and a co-financing scale (Decision 3/CP.11). 


Recent Developments

COP 18 welcomed the increased allocation and disbursement of funds to LDCs under the LDCF and noted with appreciation the Parties included in Annex II to the Convention that have made additional contributions to the LDCF.

It requested the GEF:
  • To continue to support all activities contained in the LDC work programme;
  • To continue mobilizing resources to ensure the full implementation of the LDC work programme, including the implementation of the elements of the work programme other than NAPAs, through, inter alia, capacity-building to improve coordination at different levels of government and across sectors in order to improve project performance in the LDCs, with regard to the implementation of the Convention;
  • To further facilitate access to the LDCF by the LDCs;
  • To further enhance a country-driven process for the implementation of NAPA projects and the implementation of programmatic approaches;
  • To continue raising awareness of the need for adequate and predictable resources under the LDCF to allow for the full implementation of the LDC work programme, in particular NAPAs;
  • And to enhance communication with its implementing agencies on the updated operational guidelines for the LDCF.

Annex II Parties were invited by the COP to continue contributing. and other Parties in a position to do so were invited by the COP to contribute on a voluntary basis, in order to support the implementation of the LDC work programme, considering the options contained in the report on the twenty-first meeting of the LEG.
 
Parties and relevant organizations were invited to submit, by 1 August 2014, information on their experiences with the implementation of the remaining elements of the LDC work programme, considering the options contained in the report on the twenty-first meeting of the LEG, for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) at its forty-first session. The secretariat will prepare a synthesis report on the progress made in the
implementation of the remaining elements of the LDC work programme. The SBI was also requested to consider, at its forty-first session, the progress made in the implementation of the remaining elements of the LDC work programme, including the updating and implementation of NAPA, with a view for COP 20 to provide appropriate further guidance to the LDCF.


Key Documents

GEF Operational Guidelines for Expedited Funding for the Preparation of National Adaptation Programs of Action by Least Developed Countries, April 2002

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GEF Programming Paper for Funding the Implementation of NAPAs under the LDC Trust Fund, May 2006

GEF/C.28/18

 

GEF Results-Based Management Framework for LDCF and SCCF, October 2008

GEF/LDCF.SCCF.5/3  

GEF working document: Implementation of Results-Based Management Framework under the LDCF and SCCF, November 2009

GEF/LDCF.SCCF.7/4

GEF Updated Handbook for conduting Technology Needs Assessment for Climate Change November 2010

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GEF publication on Accessing Financing under the Least Developed Countries Fund, May 2011

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Latest updates on the SCCF/LDCF

Latest GEF Annual Reports to the COP

Stocktaking Meeting Report (FCCC/SBI/2007/32)

Submissions by Parties and relevant organizations on the LDC Fund

Last updated 8 August 2014
Latest Decisions and Documents

pdf-icon Decision 10/CP.18

Further guidance to the Least Developed Countries Fund

pdf-icon Decision 9/CP.17: LDCF: support for the implementation of elements of the LDC work programme other than NAPAs

Decision 5/CP.14: Further guidance for the operation of the LDCF

Decision 3/CP.11: Further guidance to the operation of the LDCF

Latest Documents

Report on the twenty-fifth meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group. Note by the secretariat. (FCCC/SBI/2014/4)

Report on the twenty-fourth meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group. Note by the secretariat. (FCCC/SBI/2013/15)

Report on the twenty-third meeting of the LEG (FCCC/SBI/2013/8)

Report of the GEF to the COP (FCCC/CP/2013/3)

Synthesis report on the progress made in the implementation
of the least developed countries work programme, including
the updating and implementation of national adaptation
programmes of action pdf-icon (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.13)

Synthesis report on the NAPA process, including operation of the LDCF (FCCC/SBI/2010/17)

Information on the preparation and implementation of national adaptation programmes of action, including on accessing funds from the Least Developed Countries Fund Submissions from Parties and relevant organizations. pdf-icon (FCCC/SBI/2010/MISC.9)

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Relevant GEF documents/links

GEF - Climate Change page

GEF - LDCF page

LDCF/SCCF Council Documents

 

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