Paris Committee on Capacity-building - decisions and conclusions
Annual technical progress report of the PCCB for 2018

At COP 24, SBI 49 was invited to consider the 2018 annual technical progress report (ATPR) of the PCCB (FCCC/SBI/2018/15), including its recommendations to the COP, and to recommend draft conclusions or a draft decision thereon for consideration and adoption at COP 24.

Having considered the 2018 ATPR of the PCCB, the SBI recommended a draft decision on the matter for consideration by COP 24, which subsequently adopted the recommended draft decision (15/CP.24).

In its decision, the COP welcomed the ATPR and the recommendations contained therein and invited Parties, the operating entities of the Financial Mechanism, the constituted bodies under the Convention, United Nations organizations, observers and other stakeholders to consider these recommendations and to take any necessary action, as appropriate and in accordance with their mandates. The COP also welcomed the collaboration of the PCCB with non-Party stakeholders, including through its capacity-building hub and the use of social media tools. Furthermore, the COP Invited Parties and relevant institutions to provide support and resources to the PCCB in implementing its rolling workplan for 2017–2019.

The COP also took note of the decision of the PCCB to continue its 2018 focus area of capacity-building activities for the implementation of nationally determined contributions in the context of the Paris Agreement in 2019, and requested the SBI to thematically align future meetings of the Durban Forum with the annual focus area of the PCCB, taking note of the recommendation of the Committee contained in its 2018 ATPR.

Annual technical progress report of the PCCB and review of the Committee. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair

COP 24 was invited to initiate the review of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building in accordance with decision 1/CP.21, paragraph 81. It referred to the SBI the consideration of this matter with a view to making a recommendation to CMA 2 on enhancing institutional arrangements for capacity capacity-building consistent with Article 11, paragraph 5, of the Paris Agreement. The SBI considered the matter of the PCCB review together with the annual technical progress report of the PCCB and adopted conclusions (FCCC/SBI/2018/22).

In its conclusions, the SBI invited Parties and observers to submit their views on the matter of the PCCB review, including views on enhancing existing institutional arrangements for capacity-building under the Convention, for consideration at SBI 50 (June 2019). It further requested the secretariat to prepare a compilation and synthesis of these submissions for consideration at SBI 50. It further agreed that all available annual technical progress reports of the PCCB will serve as inputs for the review.

The SBI agreed to continue its work at SBI 50 with a view to recommending a draft decision on enhancing institutional arrangements for capacity-building for consideration and adoption at COP 25 (November 2019), taking into account Article 11, paragraph 5, of the Paris Agreement, in accordance with decision 1/CP.21, paragraph 81.

Annual technical progress report of the PCCB for 2017

At COP 23, the 2017 annual technical progress report of the PCCB (FCCC/SBI/2017/11) was discussed under agenda item 16 (b) of SBI 47. The decision text for this agenda item can be found here (16/CP.23).

The COP adopted a draft decision recommended by the SBI that appreciates and welcomes the work done by the PCCB so far, and invited Parties and relevant institutions to provide support and resources to the PCCB in implementing its 2017-2019 rolling workplan in light of the aim of the PCCB, established in 1/CP.21.

In addition, the newly adopted COP decision noted the decision of the PCCB to continue its 2017 focus area or theme of capacity-building activities for the implementation of NDCs in the context of the Paris Agreement in 2018, and requested the SBI to thematically align the next Durban Forum with the 2018 focus area or theme of the PCCB.

Adoption of the terms of reference of the PCCB

At COP 22, Parties adopted the terms of reference of the PCCB (2/CP.22) in Marrakech.

As one of the outcomes of the third comprehensive review of the implementation of the framework for capacity-building in developing countries under the Convention (16/CP.22), an invitation was extended to the PCCB with regard to the management of the 2016–2020 workplan.

The conclusions of SBI 45 on the PCCB can be found here ( FCCC/SBI/2016/20).

Establishment of the PCCB

At COP 21, as part of the Adoption of the Paris Agreement (10/Add.1), the Conference of the Parties (COP) established the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) to address gaps and needs, both current and emerging, in implementing capacity-building in developing country Parties and further enhancing capacity-building efforts, including with regard to coherence and coordination in capacity-building activities under the Convention.