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 8/CP.5).
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 programme
at its first meeting which was held in Bonn, Germany, from 29 to 31 March 2010.
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 meetings.