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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
GEF-funded UNDP/UNEP GSP
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: http://ncsp.undp.org/

Financial Support
NCs: The GEFcan provide up to US$405,000 to each non-Annex I Party for the financing of NCs. The GEF also provides an additional US$15,000 per country for stocktaking and stakeholder consultations.

GEF Operational Procedures for financing (NCs)

Application and Instructions for direct access funding (NCs)

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 40, Bonn, June 2014

1. The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) took note of 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 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 of funding and disbursement of funds, as well as the amount of funding disbursed to non-Annex I Parties for the preparation of BURs, and the amount of funding provided for the preparation of national communications during the same period, for consideration at SBI 41 (December 2014).

2. The SBI noted that as at 4 June 2014 the GEF secretariat had received 36 requests for support to prepare BURs. Recalling decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 41(d), the SBI urged the non-Annex I Parties that have yet to submit, as applicable, their requests to the GEF for support for the preparation of their first BURs to do so in a timely manner. In addition, it encouraged the GEF implementing agencies to continue facilitating the preparation and submission of project proposals by non-Annex I Parties for the preparation of their BURs.

3. The SBI invited the GEF to provide, in its report to the Conference of the Parties (COP) at its twentieth session, detailed information on the funding available under its latest replenishment to non-Annex I Parties for the preparation of national communications and BURs, and the total amount of funding available in its climate change focal area.

4. The SBI recommended that COP 20 request the GEF to continue to work with its implementing agencies to further simplify its procedures and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the process through which non-Annex I Parties receive funding to meet their obligations under Article 12, paragraph 1, of the Convention.

5. The SBI, recalling decision 9/CP.18, reiterated its encouragement² of the GEF to make support available to non-Annex I Parties for preparing their subsequent BURs in a timely manner, taking fully into account decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 41(a) and (e).

6. The SBI noted the announcement made by the representative of the GEF on the successful completion, at a record level, of the sixth replenishment of the GEF and the upcoming operationalization of its Global Support Programme for the preparation of national communications and BURs by non-Annex I Parties (a five-year project administered jointly by the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme, with the objective of enhancing the support provided to non-Annex I Parties for the preparation of their national communications and BURs).
 
7. The SBI welcomed the efforts made by the secretariat to release updated versions of the national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory software for non-Annex I Parties in 2013³ and encouraged non-Annex I Parties to use the software for the development of their national GHG inventories. It acknowledged the usefulness of the updated software and requested the secretariat to make it available to non-Annex I Parties in other United Nations languages by June 2015.

8. The SBI also welcomed the efforts made by the secretariat to provide relevant training to national experts from all non-Annex I Parties with a view to facilitating the efficient use of the software. The SBI thanked the Governments of the Philippines, Gabon and Colombia for having hosted the regional hands-on training workshops on the use of the software that were organized by the secretariat. It also requested the secretariat to report, at SBI 41, on the regional hands-on training workshops on the use of the software that it organized in 2013–2014.

9. The SBI took note of the estimated budgetary implications of the activities to be undertaken by the secretariat referred to in paragraph 7 above.

10. 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/2014/INF.7.

² FCCC/SBI/2013/20, paragraph 36.

³ Available at http://unfccc.int/7627.php.

 
Contact and Feedback
 
For submission of national reports from non-Annex I Parties, please e-mail the secretariat:
nai_nc@unfccc.int. 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
(coming soon)

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


Latest Documents

SBI41
FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.12
FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.22

SBI40
FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.7            

SBI39
FCCC/SBI/2013/3/Add.2

SBI38
FCCC/SBI/2013/INF.7
FCCC/SBI/2013/INF.8

SBI37
FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.10
FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.15

SBI36
FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.7
FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.7

SBI35
FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.9
FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.4
FCCC/CP/2011/7
FCCC/CP/2011/7/Add.1