Coordination of support for the implementation of activities in relation to mitigation actions in
the forest sector by developing countries, including institutional arrangements (SBSTA/SBI)
The Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative
Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) was established as a subsidiary body under the
Convention by decision
1/CP.13 (the Bali Action Plan) and convened its last meeting AWG-LCA 15-2 in conjunction with COP 18 in Doha,
Qatar. By decision
1/CP.16 the Conference of the Parties (COP) had requested the AWG-LCA to explore financing
options for the full implementation of the results-based actions referred to in paragraph 73 of the
same decision. Leading up to COP 18 in Doha, Parties submitted their views on this issue (contained
Add.1, Add.2, Add.3 and Add.4)
which were the basis of a Technical Paper (FCCC/TP/2012/3).
The secretariat was also requested to organize a workshop on 30 August 2012, in conjunction with
the informal session of the
AWG-LCA in Bangkok, Thailand, and produced a report on this workshop (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/INF.8).
The discussions at this informal session were captured in an informal note.
The COP in its decision
1/CP.18, paragraphs 34–38, requested the SBSTA and the SBI, at their thirty-eighth
sessions, to jointly initiate a process with the aim of addressing the following matters:
The need to improve the coordination of support for the implementation of the activities referred
to in decision
, paragraph 70;
To provide adequate and predictable support, including financial resources and technical and
technological support, to developing countries for the implementation of those activities;
To consider existing institutional arrangements or potential governance alternatives including a
body, a board or a committee;
and to make recommendations on these matters to the COP at its nineteenth session.
In the same decision, the COP invited Parties and admitted observer organizations to submit
to the secretariat, by 25 March 2013, their views on the matters referred to above
(paragraphs 34 and 35), including potential functions, and modalities and procedures.
The COP also requested the secretariat, subject to the availability of supplementary resources, to
organize an in-session workshop at the thirty-eighth sessions of the SBSTA and
SBI on the matters referred to above, taking into account the submissions referred to above and to
prepare a report on the workshop for the consideration by the SBSTA and SBI at their thirty-ninth
SBSTA/SBI 38 (June 2013)
COP 18 requested the SBSTA and the SBI, at their thirty-eighth sessions, to jointly initiate a
process with the aim of addressing the matters outlined in decision 1/CP.18, paragraph
34, and to consider existing institutional arrangements or potential governance alternatives,
including a body, a board or a committee, and to make recommendations on these matters at COP 19.
The SBSTA was unable to conduct work on this item as the joint contact group of the SBSTA and the SBI
on this matter could not be established and agreed to take up this item at SBSTA 39.
At SBSTA 38, an in-session workshop on the matters
relating to coordination of support referred to in decision 1/CP.18, paragraphs 34 and 35, took place
on 7 June.
The submission of views by Parties on matters referred to in decision 1/CP.18, paragraphs 34 and 35,
including potential functions, and modalities and procedures are available in documents FCCC/SB/2013/MISC.3