Financial and Technical Support for non-Annex I Parties
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Financial and technical assistance and support are essential for developing counties in preparation of
their national communications (NCs) and biennial update reports (BURs).
At the moment, some of the key actors involved, under the Convention, in enhancing the capacity of
developing country Parties in the preparation of their reports include the secretariat, the Global
Environment Fund (GEF), Global Climate Fund (GCF), Global Support Programme (UNEP/UNDP) the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications
from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE), and Annex I Parties. In addition,
there are numerous other actors including IGOs, NGOs, institutions and other agencies that make
Technical Assistance and Support
The main channel for the provision of technical assistance and support in relation to
measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) for developing countries is the CGE. The CGE, at
the request of the Convention, developed training materials for the preparation of NCs and BURs
and also organizes workshops on the use of these materials and on the preparation of NCs and
One of the functions of the secretariat is to facilitate assistance to non-Annex I Parties in
preparing their NCs and, more recently, their BURs. This includes facilitating the work of the
CGE, organizing training workshops, developing appropriate tools and guidance materials,
collaboration with bilateral and multilateral support programmes, the dissemination of
information through participation in regional workshops and expert group meetings, promoting
information exchange, and capacity-building.
E-Network Collaboration Platform - Find
the most recent information on MRV for developing countries and interact with the non-Annex I
and support community.
GHG Inventory Software NAIIS - A web-based application to estimate and report GHG
emissions, conduct key source analysis, consistency and completeness checks, and report the
results of uncertainty analysis
GEF-funded UNDP/UNEP GSP
The Global Support Programme (GSP) for the preparation of NCs and BURs by non-Annex I Parties
is a five-year (2014-2019) project administered jointly by UNDP and UNEP. The GSP has an
overall objective of providing logistical and technical support to non-Annex I Parties with a
view to facilitating the timely preparation and submission of their NCs and BURs, and the
preparation and submission of intended nationally determined contributions.
For additional information on the GSP please visit: http://ncsp.undp.org/
Background and Summary
SBI 43, Paris, December
- The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) took note of the information provided by the
secretariat of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on the financial support provided by the GEF for
the preparation of national communications and biennial update reports (BURs) by Parties not included
in Annex I to the Convention (non-Annex I Parties).¹
- The SBI invited the GEF to continue to provide detailed, accurate, timely and complete
information on its activities relating to the preparation of national communications by non-Annex I
Parties, including the dates of approvals of funding and disbursement of funds. It also invited the
GEF to continue to provide an approximate date for completion of draft national communications and an
approximate date for submission of final national communications to the secretariat, for
consideration at SBI 45 (November 2016).
- The SBI further invited the GEF to continue to provide detailed, accurate, timely and complete
information on its activities relating to the preparation of BURs, including the dates of requests
for funding, approvals of funding and disbursement of funds, and an approximate date for submission
of BURs to the secretariat, for consideration at SBI 44 (May 2016).
- The SBI noted that, as at 1 December 2015, 16 non-Annex I Parties had submitted their first BUR
in accordance with decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 41(a), and that a further 16 non-Annex I Parties were
expected to submit their first BUR by 31 December 2015. It further noted that, as at 1 December 2015,
the GEF secretariat had received and processed a total of 86 requests from non-Annex I Parties for
funds for the preparation of their first BUR, 38 of them being requests made after the GEF report was
submitted to the Conference of the Parties (COP) at its twentieth session,² and three requests
from non-Annex I Parties for funds for the preparation of their second BUR.
- The SBI noted that, as at 1 December 2015, there were many outstanding BURs, while recognizing
the challenges that non-Annex I Parties face in submitting their BURs in a timely manner. It recalled
decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 41(a), which states that non-Annex I Parties, consistent with their
capabilities and the level of support provided for reporting, should submit their first BURs by
December 2014. The SBI encouraged non-Annex I Parties that have not submitted their first BURs to
complete and submit them in a timely manner.
- Recalling decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 41(d), the SBI reiterated its urging³ of the non-Annex
I Parties that have yet to submit, as applicable, their request to the GEF for support for the
preparation of their first BUR to do so in a timely manner. In addition, the SBI encouraged the GEF
agencies to continue to facilitate the preparation and submission of project proposals by non-Annex I
Parties for the preparation of their BURs.
- The SBI noted the information provided by the GEF in its report to COP 21,4 on the
procedures available to facilitate access by non-Annex I Parties to funding for the preparation of
their national communications and multiple BURs with one application.
- The SBI also noted information provided by the GEF on its Global Support Programme for national
communications and biennial update reports (GSP), and welcomed the activities carried out in 2015
through which technical assistance was provided to non-Annex I Parties.5 The SBI
encouraged non-Annex I Parties to take advantage of the opportunities for technical assistance and
support available under the GSP.
- The SBI, recalling the request6 from non-Annex I Parties for further technical support
aimed at improving their domestic capacity to facilitate continuity in meeting reporting
requirements, urged developed country Parties included in Annex II to the Convention and other
developed country Parties in a position to do so to provide financial resources to enable the
secretariat to implement the relevant activities, planned from March 2016.
- The SBI noted with appreciation that, as at 1 December 2015, 147 initial, 110 second, 13 third, 1
fourth and 1 fifth national communications from non-Annex I Parties had been submitted. It also noted
that, by the end of 2015, 20 second and 11 third national communications from non-Annex I Parties are
expected to be submitted.
1 FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.15 and FCCC/CP/2015/4.
3 FCCC/SBI/2012/15, paragraph 53.
4 FCCC/CP/2015/4, page 12.
5 The Global Support Programme is a project administered jointly by the United
Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme with the objective
of enhancing the support provided to non-Annex I Parties for the timely preparation of their national
communications and BURs.
6 FCCC/SBI/2015/10, paragraph 29.
Contact and Feedback
For submission of national reports from non-Annex I Parties, please e-mail the secretariat:
firstname.lastname@example.org. The details on the submission
process will be communicated through this email.