At its third session, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) requested the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to conduct further consultations with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with a view to improving existing consultative processes (FCCCC/SBSTA/1996/13, para. 50 (d). The secretariat enlisted the help of the Global Environment Information Centre (GEIC) last year to carry out such consultations on its behalf, with clear guidance from it, and produce a report thereon.
2. In the light of its consultations with non-governmental organizations, the GEIC has prepared the attached report entitled "NGO Consultative Mechanisms with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)". This report was the principal input to the secretariat's paper (FCCC/SBI/1997/14). However, the secretariat has exercised its
judgment in drawing upon the range of proposals contained therein and has supplemented it by some further exchanges and consultations with non-governmental representatives. In accordance with the procedure for miscellaneous documents, the report is reproduced in the language in which it was received and without formal editing