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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 41, Lima, December 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 national communications and 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 national
communications by non-Annex I Parties, including information on the dates of approvals of
funding and disbursement of funds. It also invited the GEF to continue providing
information on an approximate date of completion of the draft national communications
and an approximate date of submission to the secretariat of the national communications,
for consideration by SBI 43 (November–December 2015).

3. The SBI further 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, approvals of funding and disbursement of
funds, as well as an approximate date of submission to the secretariat of the BURs, for
consideration by SBI 42 (June 2015).

4. The SBI noted the information provided by the GEF, in its report to the Conference
of the Parties (COP) at its twentieth session,2 on the funding available to non-Annex I
Parties for the preparation of their national communications and BURs under its latest
replenishment, and on the total amount of funding available in its climate change focal area.

5. The SBI also noted that, by 4 December 2014, 1 non-Annex I Party had submitted
its first BUR in accordance with decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 41(a), and that a further 7
non-Annex I Parties are expected to submit them by 31 December 2014. It further noted
that, as at 1 December 2014, the GEF secretariat had received 48 requests from non-Annex
I Parties for funds for the preparation of their BURs. In addition, the SBI noted that the
GEF Council approved, in October 2014, a project for 35 small island developing States
and least developed countries to complete their BURs.

6. Recalling decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 41(d), the SBI reiterated its urging of 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.3 In addition, it
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 invited the GEF to provide, in its report to COP 21 (November–December
2015), information on the procedures available to facilitate access by non-Annex I Parties
to funding for the preparation of their national communications and multiple BURs with
one application.

8. The SBI noted the progress made by the GEF in the operationalization of its Global
Support Programme (GSP).4 It encouraged non-Annex I Parties to take advantage of the
opportunities for technical assistance and support available under the GSP.

9. The SBI welcomed the report5 provided by the secretariat on the regional hands-on
training workshops on the use of the national greenhouse gas inventory software for non-
Annex I Parties, which were held in the period 2013–2014. Noting the need to train
additional experts, it requested the secretariat to make all efforts to provide further relevant
training, once the updated software has been made available in other United Nations
languages.

10. The SBI noted with appreciation that, as at 4 December 2014, 147 initial, 105
second, 9 third, 1 fourth and 1 fifth national communications from non-Annex I Parties had
been submitted. It also noted that, by the end of 2014, 20 second and 11 third national
communications from non-Annex I Parties are expected to have been submitted.

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

12. 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.22 and FCCC/CP/2014/2.

2 FCCC/CP/2014/2.

3 FCCC/SBI/2012/15, paragraph 53.

4 A 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 timely preparation of their national communications and BURs.

5 FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.12. 

 
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

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