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 42, Bonn, June
- The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) welcomed the information provided by the secretariat
of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on the financial support provided by the GEF for the
preparation of 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 providing detailed, accurate, timely and complete information
on its activities relating to the preparation of BURs, including information on the dates of requests
for funding, approval and disbursement of funds, and an approximate date of submission of BURs to the
secretariat, for consideration at SBI 43 (November–December 2015).
- The SBI noted with appreciation that 10 non-Annex I Parties had submitted their first BURs by
December 2014 and welcomed the 3 additional BURs submitted between 1 January and 8 June 2015. A
further 18 non-Annex I Parties are expected to submit their first BURs by 31 December 2015.
- The SBI noted that, as at 9 June 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.
- The SBI also noted that, as at 29 May 2015, the GEF secretariat had received 51 requests for
funds from non-Annex I Parties for the preparation of their BURs, and that an umbrella programme for
BURs implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) seeks to support 39 additional
non-Annex I Parties in preparing their first BURs.
- The SBI recalled decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 41(d), through which the Conference of the Parties
urged non-Annex I Parties that have not submitted their requests to the GEF for financial support for
the preparation of their first BURs to do so in a timely manner.2 It also encouraged 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 with appreciation the operationalization by the GEF of its Global Support Programme
(GSP). It continued to encourage non-Annex I Parties to take advantage of the opportunities for
technical assistance and support available under the GSP3 regarding
the preparation of their national communications and BURs, including the requests noted in paragraph
- The SBI recognized the contribution made by the Consultative Group of Experts on National
Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention in providing technical support
to non-Annex I Parties through the development of updated training materials and e-learning
- The SBI noted the requests from non-Annex I Parties for further technical support aimed at
improving their domestic capacity to facilitate continuity in meeting reporting requirements through
training on the use of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories,
building sustainable national greenhouse gas inventory management systems, and understanding and
applying best practices relevant to the setting up of domestic measurement, reporting and
verification systems. It encouraged the secretariat, in coordination with UNEP and the United Nations
Development Programme, to make every effort to ensure that the relevant training is made available to
all non-Annex I Parties.
- The SBI took note of the estimated budgetary implications of the activities to be undertaken by
the secretariat as referred to in paragraph 9 above. It requested that the actions of the secretariat
called for in these conclusions be undertaken subject to the availability of financial
2 FCCC/SBI/2012/15, paragraph 53.
3 A project administered jointly by the United Nations
Development Programme and UNEP with the objective of enhancing the support provided to non-Annex I
Parties for the timely preparation of their national communications and BURs.
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.