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Preparing the UNFCCC budget 2018-2019
 
Patricia Espinosa

Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the Climate Change Secretariat, wants to engage all Parties in developing the UNFCCC budget to ensure it meets the needs of Parties and achieves the objectives of the historic Paris Agreement.

It is critical that the 2018-2019 budget ensures the resources needed to implement key activities under the Paris Agreement, and the Executive Secretary has decided to take a new approach by engaging Parties early in the budgeting process. 

This page is a dedicated space to seek feedback on budget development.



Seeking Parties’ input
 
Parties are invited to provide input on a number of issues that are critical for developing the 2018-2019 budget: 
  • The secretariat seeks a new approach that reflects the reality of the Paris Agreement. The next budget should be integrated. This avoids disaggregating Paris Agreement and Convention activities, which can lead to fragmentation and inefficiency. The next budget should be comprehensive. This will holistically encompass core budget activities and those funded from supplementary sources to give a complete picture. Do Parties agree with these principles and this style of approach? 
  • Given the financial constraints of governments and the tremendous challenge set by the many mandates of the Paris Agreement, the secretariat sees it as essential to prioritize budget activities. This requires reviewing mandates in their totality. Can Parties identify synergies or areas where mandates could be combined to maximize efficient delivery? Are there mandates or cycles that could be reviewed, closed or made less frequent? 
  • The secretariat recognizes that the format of the budget could be improved to enhance clarity of key information to better facilitate deliberations by Parties. Do Parties have concrete suggestions to improve the presentation of the budget proposal?

Please provide feedback through your National Focal Points to the following email address: UNFCCC-budget@unfccc.int
Observers may also wish to provide views to the same email address through their Designated Contact Points.



Assumptions for building the budget
 
The 2018-2019 UNFCCC budget needs to be guided by a number of premises: 
  • With the conclusion of the historic Paris Agreement, climate change response enters a new era. The Paris Agreement contains important new mandates to achieve its ultimate objectives and to promote climate action by Parties and non-Party actors. 
  • Developing the Paris Agreement rule book and ensuring its swift implementation will require a concerted efforts by all Parties to set priorities and seek synergies. Decisions need to provide focus and direction to the budget. 
  • All governments face severe financial constraints. The budget must ensure economical use of limited resources. Acknowledging those constraints, the secretariat will include a zero-growth scenario and provide clarity about the practical implications on the use of resources.


Building the budget together
 
 
On 11 November 2016, at an informal session at COP 22 in Marrakesh, the Executive Secretary provided Parties with information on the development of the UNFCCC budget 2018-2019, pdf-icon see the remarks made by the Executive Secretary (33 kB) . The presentation, provided below,  is the third in the series and builds on information provided at the Pre-COP ministerial meeting held in Marrakesh on 18 and 19th October, and on information provided at the informal consultations among heads of delegations held in Rabat on 8 and 9 September.
The presentation is part of a dialogue that will run through the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) 46 in June 2017. Throughout this dialogue, the Executive Secretary will keep Parties informed and seek feedback. Below, you can see the timeline of the process and points at which Parties will be consulted. 
 
This information and consultation session kicked off a dialogue that will run through the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) 46 in June 2017. Throughout this dialogue, the Executive Secretary will keep Parties informed and seek feedback. Below, you can see the timeline of the process and points at which Parties will be consulted.

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The Road Ahead
 
The budgetary objective for the upcoming SBI 45 at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 22 in Marrakech is to leave the session with a clear picture of the role of the secretariat in the post-Paris world as seen by Parties. This will shed light on many of the questions asked above and will be considered along with all Party input. 

The SBI at its 46th session will consider the UNFCCC budget 2018-2019 with a view to making a recommendation for approval by the Conference of the Parties at its 23rd session and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) at its 13th session.