The arrangement of provision of technical and financial support to Parties not included in Annex I to
the Convention (non-Annex I Parties) in preparing their national communications is embedded in
Article 12.7 of the Convention. In accordance with the provisions of this Article,
the Conference of the Parties (COP) at its fifth session, established the Consultative
Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention
(CGE) with the objective of improving the process of preparation of national communications from
non-Annex I Parties ( Decision
The COP, at its eight session, 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 national communications, the COP decided to continue the mandate of the CGE for
5 years and revised its terms of reference ( 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 national communications by providing technical advice and support to non-Annex I Parties.
This mandate expired at COP 13 (December 2007).
At its fifteenth session, the COP, by its decision 5/CP.15,
reconstituted the CGE for three years from 2010 to 2012, and mandated the Group to develop its work
at its first meeting which was held in Bonn, Germany, from 29 to 31 March 2010.
At its eighteenth session, the COP, by decision 18/CP.18, decided to extend
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 5/CP.15.
As requested by the COP, the CGE to develop at its first meeting in 2013 a work programme for 2013
taking into account the current and future needs of non-Annex I Parties, the provisions under the
Convention and the relevant decisions of the COP. In developing its work programme, the group
was cognizant of the importance of, and need to have, a pragmatic and realistic work programme that
caters to the needs of non-Annex I Parties. It therefore agreed that the focus of the provision of
technical assistance to non-Annex I Parties in 2013 should be on the preparation of BURs by non-Annex
The review of the term and mandate of the Consultative Group of Experts and the need for the
continuation of the group, as requested in decision 5/CP.15,
paragraph 6 is under consideration of the SBI.
The CGE is composed of 24 members representing the following: five members each from Africa, Asia and
the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean; six members from Annex I Parties; one member each
from three international organizations. See list of CGE members.
For additional information on CGE workshops and meetings, please check the following link :
CGE workshops and