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Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE)
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In order to improve national communications (NCs) and the Biennial Update Reports (BURs) from developing country Parties through technical advice and support, in 1999 the COP established the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from non-Annex I Parties (CGE). This group is the key technical support element under the Convention to assist developing country Parties in meeting their reporting obligations.
General Information News and updates
The Conference of the Parties (COP), by decision pdf-icon 19/CP.19,continued the CGE for five years, from 2014–2018.

pdf-icon Rules of Procedure (187 kB)  

pdf-icon Work Programme 2016-2018 (705 kB)

CGE long-term strategy 

pdf-icon Workplan 2016 (460 kB)

The CGE updated e-learning courses on the preparation of national communication are now available. These free courses will provide participants with the necessary tools to conduct and prepare a national GHG inventory, vulnerability and adaptation assessment, and mitigation assessment.
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CGE Training Materials
The CGE developed training materials to facilitate the preparation of NCs (decision 17/CP.8) and BURs (decision 2/CP.17, annex III) in accordance with the the guidelines of the Convention.

The CGE also developed a set of materials to train the team of technical experts nominated to undertake the technical analysis of BURs.These materials are currently undergoing a review process.

The CGE holds meetings to develop its work programme, revise its rules of procedure, assess progress in the implementation of its work programme, provide recommendations, and more. The CGE also organizes workshops for the preparation of NCs and BURs using the CGE training materials.

CGE Members
The CGE is composed of 24 members: 5 each from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean; 6 members from Annex I Parties; one member each from 3 international organizations, and 1 observer representing non-Annex I Parties from Eastern Europe.

List of CGE Members

Summary and Background
COP 18, by decision pdf-icon 18/CP.18, extended for a term of one year the CGE, including its current membership. The COP also decided that the CGE, in fulfilling its mandate, shall function in accordance with the terms of reference contained in the annex to decision pdf-icon 5/CP.15.

COP 15 by its decision pdf-icon 5/CP.15, reconstituted the CGE for three years from 2010–2012, and mandated the Group to develop its work programme (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.2) at its first meeting which was held in Bonn, Germany, from 29–31 March 2010.

COP 8 reviewed the terms of reference of the CGE. In recognition of the excellent role that the CGE played in assisting non-Annex I Parties improve the process of the preparation of their NCs, the COP decided to continue the mandate of the CGE for 5 years and revised its terms of reference (pdf-icon Decision 3/CP.8). Under this mandate, the objective of the CGE was to improve the process of the preparation of the second and subsequent NCs by providing technical advice and support to non-Annex I Parties. This mandate expired at COP 13 (December 2007).

COP5: The arrangement of provision of technical and financial support to Parties not included in non-Annex I Parties in preparing their NCs is embedded in Article 12.7 of the Convention. In accordance with the provisions of this Article, COP 5 established the CGE with the objective of improving the process of preparation of NCs from non-Annex I Parties (pdf-icon Decision 8/CP.5).

Contact and Feedback
For submission of national reports from non-Annex I Parties, please e-mail the secretariat: The details on the submission process will be communicated through this email.
MRV for Developing Countries
National Reports from non-Annex I countries

Consideration of Reports

Financial and Technical Support

Tools and Training Materials
Support for the Preparation of National Reports
E-Network Collaboration

E-Learning Courses

GHG Inventory Software

Guidelines and Manuals

Consultative Group of Experts (CGE)

External Links and Information
COP decisions / SBI conclusions
Key COP decisions / SBI conclusions on the CGE

Key COP decisions relevant to non-Annex I Parties

SBI conclusions relevant to non-Annex I Parties