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 significant contributions.
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 BURs.
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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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.