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Financial and Technical Support for non-Annex I Parties
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Financial and technical assistance and support are essential for developing counties in preparation of their national communications (NCs) and biennial update reports (BURs).

At the moment, some of the key actors involved, under the Convention, in enhancing the capacity of developing country Parties in the preparation of their reports include the secretariat, the Global Environment Fund (GEF), Global Climate Fund (GCF), Global Support Programme (UNEP/UNDP) the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE), and Annex I Parties. In addition, there are numerous other actors including IGOs, NGOs, institutions and other agencies that make significant contributions.
Technical Assistance and Support
The main channel for the provision of technical assistance and support in relation to measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) for developing countries is the CGE. The CGE, at the request of the Convention, developed training materials for the preparation of NCs and BURs and also organizes workshops on the use of these materials and on the preparation of NCs and BURs.

The secretariat
One of the functions of the secretariat is to facilitate assistance to non-Annex I Parties in preparing their NCs and, more recently, their BURs. This includes facilitating the work of the CGE, organizing training workshops, developing appropriate tools and guidance materials, collaboration with bilateral and multilateral support programmes, the dissemination of information through participation in regional workshops and expert group meetings, promoting information exchange, and capacity-building.

E-Network Collaboration Platform - Find the most recent information on MRV for developing countries and interact with the non-Annex I and support community.

GHG Inventory Software NAIIS - A web-based application to estimate and report GHG emissions, conduct key source analysis, consistency and completeness checks, and report the results of uncertainty analysis
The Global Support Programme (GSP) for the preparation of NCs and BURs by non-Annex I Parties is a five-year (2014-2019) project administered jointly by UNDP and UNEP. The GSP has an overall objective of providing logistical and technical support to non-Annex I Parties with a view to facilitating the timely preparation and submission of their NCs and BURs, and the preparation and submission of intended nationally determined contributions.

For additional information on the GSP please visit:

Financial Support

NCs: The GEFcan provide up to US$ 500,000 to each non-Annex I Party for the financing of NCs.

GEF Operational Procedures for financing (NCs)

Application and Instructions for direct access funding (NCs and BURs)

BURs: As per the GEF policy guidelines, non-Annex I Parties can access up to US$352,000 through a GEF Agency or via direct access for the preparation of BURs.

Implementing GEF Agencies: The GEF has a number of implementing agencies, please visit the following GEF web page for a complete list. Of these, the UNDP and UNEP are agencies that are activiely involved in the support of non-Annex I national reports.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) : Readiness (more information coming soon)

Background and Summary

SBI 42, Bonn, June 2015            

  1. The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) welcomed the information provided by the secretariat of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on the financial support provided by the GEF for the preparation of biennial update reports (BURs) by Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (non-Annex I Parties).1  
  2. The SBI invited the GEF to continue providing detailed, accurate, timely and complete information on its activities relating to the preparation of BURs, including information on the dates of requests for funding, approval and disbursement of funds, and an approximate date of submission of BURs to the secretariat, for consideration at SBI 43 (November–December 2015).

  3. The SBI noted with appreciation that 10 non-Annex I Parties had submitted their first BURs by December 2014 and welcomed the 3 additional BURs submitted between 1 January and 8 June 2015. A further 18 non-Annex I Parties are expected to submit their first BURs by 31 December 2015.

  4. The SBI noted that, as at 9 June 2015, there were many outstanding BURs, while recognizing the challenges that non-Annex I Parties face in submitting their BURs in a timely manner. It recalled decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 41(a), which states that non-Annex I Parties, consistent with their capabilities and the level of support provided for reporting, should submit their first BURs by December 2014. The SBI encouraged non-Annex I Parties that have not submitted their first BURs to complete and submit them in a timely manner.

  5. The SBI also noted that, as at 29 May 2015, the GEF secretariat had received 51 requests for funds from non-Annex I Parties for the preparation of their BURs, and that an umbrella programme for BURs implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) seeks to support 39 additional non-Annex I Parties in preparing their first BURs.

  6. The SBI recalled decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 41(d), through which the Conference of the Parties urged non-Annex I Parties that have not submitted their requests to the GEF for financial support for the preparation of their first BURs to do so in a timely manner.2 It also encouraged GEF agencies to continue to facilitate the preparation and submission of project proposals by non-Annex I Parties for the preparation of their BURs.

  7. The SBI noted with appreciation the operationalization by the GEF of its Global Support Programme (GSP).  It continued to encourage non-Annex I Parties to take advantage of the opportunities for technical assistance and support available under the GSP3 regarding the preparation of their national communications and BURs, including the requests noted in paragraph 9 below.

  8. The SBI recognized the contribution made by the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention in providing technical support to non-Annex I Parties through the development of updated training materials and e-learning programmes.

  9. The SBI noted the requests from non-Annex I Parties for further technical support aimed at improving their domestic capacity to facilitate continuity in meeting reporting requirements through training on the use of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, building sustainable national greenhouse gas inventory management systems, and understanding and applying best practices relevant to the setting up of domestic measurement, reporting and verification systems. It encouraged the secretariat, in coordination with UNEP and the United Nations Development Programme, to make every effort to ensure that the relevant training is made available to all non-Annex I Parties.

  10. The SBI took note of the estimated budgetary implications of the activities to be undertaken by the secretariat as referred to in paragraph 9 above. It requested that the actions of the secretariat called for in these conclusions be undertaken subject to the availability of financial resources.

1 FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.7.
2 FCCC/SBI/2012/15, paragraph 53.
3 A project administered jointly by the United Nations Development Programme and UNEP with the objective of enhancing the support provided to non-Annex I Parties for the timely preparation of their national communications and BURs.

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 decisions relevant to non-Annex I Parties

SBI conclusions relevant to non-Annex I Parties

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