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Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE)
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In order to improve national communications (NCs) from developing country Parties through technical advice and support, in 1999 the COP established the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from non-Annex I Parties (CGE). This group is the key technical support element under the Convention to assist developing country Parties in meeting their reporting obligations.
General Information News and updates
The Conference of the Parties (COP), by decision pdf-icon 19/CP.19,continued the CGE for five years, from 2014–2018.

pdf-icon Rules and Procedures

pdf-icon Work Programme 2014-2018

pdf-icon Work Programme 2014

Highlights from the 14th CGE meeting
10 - 11 March 2015, Bonn, Germany

The CGE revised and finalized its work programme for 2015 - 2018 which integrates relevant elements of the pdf-icon CGE long-term strategy, it also developed a detailed operational work plan for 2015. The 2015 work plan includes the update of the CGE’s vulnerability and adaptation (V&A) assessment training materials; regional hands-on training workshops on V&A; an e-learning programme, and to enhance communication and outreach.  

The group also approved its training programme for the team of technical experts (TTE) undertaking technical analysis of BURs scheduled to be rolled out during the first half of 2015. The CGE conducted a mock exercise to better understand the amount of work entailed in the technical analysis of BURs, and well as have a better appreciation of potential challenges the TTE are likely to face when conducting the technical analysis.

CGE Training Materials
The CGE developed training materials to facilitate the preparation of NCs (decision 17/CP.8) and BURs (decision 2/CP.17, annex III) in accordance with the the guidelines of the Convention.

The CGE also developed a set of materials to train the team of technical experts nominated to undertake the technical analysis of BURs.These materials are currently undergoing a review process.

The CGE holds meetings to develop its work programme, revise its rules of procedure, assess progress in the implementation of its work programme, provide recommendations, and more. The CGE also organizes workshops for the preparation of NCs and BURs using the CGE training materials.

CGE Members
The CGE is composed of 24 members: 5 each from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean; 6 members from Annex I Parties; one member each from 3 international organizations, and 1 observer representing non-Annex I Parties from Eastern Europe.

List of CGE Members

pdf-icon Member areas of expertise and experience (96 kB)

Summary and Background
COP 18, by decision pdf-icon 18/CP.18, extended for a term of one year the CGE, including its current membership. The COP also decided that the CGE, in fulfilling its mandate, shall function in accordance with the terms of reference contained in the annex to decision pdf-icon 5/CP.15.

COP 15 by its decision pdf-icon 5/CP.15, reconstituted the CGE for three years from 2010–2012, and mandated the Group to develop its work programme (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.2) at its first meeting which was held in Bonn, Germany, from 29–31 March 2010.

COP 8 reviewed the terms of reference of the CGE. In recognition of the excellent role that the CGE played in assisting non-Annex I Parties improve the process of the preparation of their NCs, the COP decided to continue the mandate of the CGE for 5 years and revised its terms of reference (pdf-icon Decision 3/CP.8). Under this mandate, the objective of the CGE was to improve the process of the preparation of the second and subsequent NCs by providing technical advice and support to non-Annex I Parties. This mandate expired at COP 13 (December 2007).

COP5: The arrangement of provision of technical and financial support to Parties not included in non-Annex I Parties in preparing their NCs is embedded in Article 12.7 of the Convention. In accordance with the provisions of this Article, COP 5 established the CGE with the objective of improving the process of preparation of NCs from non-Annex I Parties (pdf-icon Decision 8/CP.5).

Contact and Feedback
For submission of national reports from non-Annex I Parties, please e-mail the secretariat: 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 COP decisions / SBI conclusions on the CGE

Key COP decisions relevant to non-Annex I Parties

SBI conclusions relevant to non-Annex I Parties