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Administrative and Financial Matters
 


Background
 

In line with Article 7.2(k) of the Convention, COP 1 adopted, by consensus, financial rules for itself, the secretariat and the Subsidiary Bodies (SBs) (“financial procedures”, contained in Annex I of pdf-icon decision 15/CP.1).  These rules provide for a two-year financial period, of which the first year must be an even numbered year.  This corresponds to the practice in the United Nations at large.  Every two years, the Executive Secretary proposes a programme budget to the Subsidiary Body for Implantation (SBI), setting out the proposed activities and budget of the secretariat for the coming two years.  The SBI considers the proposal and forwards a recommended programme budget to the Conference of the Parties (COP) for its approval.  The COP adopts the budget by consensus. more >>



Recent developments
 

The COP at its nineteenth session approved the programme budget for the biennium 2014-2015, amounting to EUR 54,648,484 (pdf-icon decision 27/CP.19). The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) at its ninth session endorsed the decision by the COP (pdf-icon decision 10/CMP.9).



Implementation of the Headquarters Agreement

 

Background

 

Following the acceptance by the COP (pdf-icon decision 16/CP.1) of the offer by the Government of Germany of February 1995 to host the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany (pdf-icon A/AC.237/Misc.45), the Government of Germany, the United Nations and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change concluded a Headquarters Agreement, which entered into force in October 1997 (FCCC/CP/1996/Misc.1).

Since then, the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) has regularly reviewed the implementation of the Headquarters Agreement, initially at every session.  Since the eighteenth session of the SBI (June 2003, Bonn, Germany), the Host Government and the Executive Secretary each have reported on the implementation of the Headquarters Agreement to every other SBI session. In addition, since the thirty-sixth session of the SBI (May 2012, Bonn, Germany), the secretariat has been keeping Parties informed on an on-going basis through the Implementation Updates on the UNFCCC web-site.

The topics considered under this sub-item traditionally include: the legal status and treatment of participants to UNFCCC meetings in Germany; the legal status and treatment of the secretariat, its staff, affiliates and associated family members; the office accommodation of the secretariat; and the provision of a conference centre for use by the United Nations.



Recent developments
 

In September 2013, about half of the secretariat's staff moved into its new office premises on the United Nations Campus in Bonn. The remaining half, currently remaining in the secretariat's old headquarters five kilometres away, is scheduled to move into a newly built Annex building on the United Nations Campus in 2018.

Construction work on the extension of the World Conference Centre Bonn, immediately adjacent to the United Nations Campus, is continuing and completion is anticipated for the beginning of 2015, in time for the forty-second sessions of the subsidiary bodies. The World Conference Centre Bonn is designed to meet the standards for United Nations meetings and conferences with up to 5,000 participants.

The SBI last considered the implementation of the Headquarters Agreement at its fortieth session (June 2014, Bonn, Germany).  It acknowledged the special efforts and investments made since 1997 by both the Host Government and the host city of Bonn to provide adequate conference facilities to the Parties and office accommodation to the secretariat. It encouraged the Host Government to continue to provide support for the establishment and operation of the conference centre as a permanent forum for the intergovernmental process. It requested the secretariat to maximize the combined use of the new office and conference facilities for UNFCCC sessions and meetings in order to reduce costs and further enhance the services available at the seat of the secretariat. It encouraged the Host Government and the secretariat to maintain a process of close and regular consultations.

The SBI will review the implementation of the Headquarters Agreement again at its forty-second session (June 2015, Bonn, Germany).

 

Key documents considered at the sessions held in Warsaw (SBI 39, COP 19, CMP 9)

pdf-icon FCCC/SBI/2013/6
Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2014-2015. Note by the Executive Secretary.

pdf-icon FCCC/SBI/2013/6/Corr.1
Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2014-2015. Note by the Executive Secretary. Corrigendum.

pdf-icon FCCC/SBI/2013/6/Add.1
Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2014-2015. Note by the Executive Secretary. Addendum. Work programme for the secretariat for the biennium 2014-2015.

pdf-icon FCCC/SBI/2013/6/Add.2
Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2014-2015. Note by the Executive Secretary. Addendum. Activities to be funded from supplementary sources.

pdf-icon FCCC/SBI/2013/6/Add.3
Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2014-2015. Note by the Executive Secretary. Addendum. Trust Fund for the International Transaction Log.

 

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