Preparing the programme budget 2020-2021


The secretariat is making a significant effort, initiated in the context of the 2018–2019 programme budget, to enhance the transparency and clarity of the UNFCCC budget process and formal programme budget documentation.

These efforts take into account the valuable experience from the measures put in place in 2018 to provide more integrated support to presiding officers and the Presidencies, so as to facilitate a successful outcome at COP 24.

As indicated at SBI 49, the secretariat is working on incorporating the results of its structural review and of COP 24 decisions in the proposed UNFCCC budget for 2020–2021.  

Preparation of the UNFCCC budget for 2020–2021

To enhance their understanding and ensure informed decision-making, the secretariat will engage proactively with Parties on the development of the UNFCCC programme budget for 2020–2021 well in advance of SBI 50, when the proposed programme budget document will be presented for their consideration.

The engagement with Parties will follow a briefing and consultation process that is normally conducted prior to formal sessions. This will include a series of two briefing sessions for groups of Parties, at which the secretariat will present an introductory summary of the proposed UNFCCC programme budget for 2020–2021, followed by a workshop at which an advanced version of the budget proposal will be presented and invite feedback on the overall approach, format and budget levels.

The following events are currently planned:

  • On 18 February 2019, an initial briefing for the following groups: Group of 77 and China; the African Group; the Independent Association for Latin America and the Caribbean; the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Treaty; the Alliance of Small Island States; the Arab Group; Brazil, South Africa, India and China; the Coalition for Rainforest Nations; the least developed countries; and the Like-minded Developing Countries;
  • On 20 February 2019, an initial briefing for the European Union and its member States, the Environmental Integrity Group and the Umbrella Group;
  • On 25 and 26 March 2019, a workshop open to all Parties, convened by the SBI Chair with the assistance of two co-facilitators. The COP Bureau will also meet on the margins of the workshop.

These events will be held at the seat of the secretariat in Bonn. Those unable to attend on site will be able to participate remotely.

The secretariat will use other opportunities that arise before SBI 50 to engage with Parties on the development of the UNFCCC budget for 2020–2021.

All information relevant to the development of the UNFCCC budget for 2020–2021, including presentations by the secretariat and additional information material, as well as input or queries from Parties (which can be sent at any time) and the secretariat’s responses, will be made available on the UNFCCC website.

Initial budget briefings 18 and 20 February 2019

The secretariat presented introductory information on the status of the budget preparations in two initial briefings held on 18 and 20 February 2019.

For information presented at the briefings, see below:

Budget presentation February 2019:

UNFCCC Executive Secretary introductory remarks
UNFCCC budget presentation
Summary of initial budget briefings to Parties

Budget workshop 25 and 26 March 2019

The workshop will provide a forum for the secretariat to present an advanced version of the UNFCCC budget proposal for 2020–2021.

Budget workshop 25-26 March: Agenda
Building the UNFCCC budget 2020–21: Background
Building the UNFCCC budget 2020–2021: process and key figures
2018-19 core budget and secretariat-wide staffing from the core budget

The workshop will be preceded by a meeting of the COP Bureau in the morning of 25 March.

The event will be webcast and open to all Parties. In order to follow the webcast please use the following links:

25 March: Webcast link

26 March: Webcast link