The CGE agreed at its twentieth meeting (held in Bonn, Germany on 5 and 6 February 2018) to make available additional information providing a comprehensive overview of the work of the CGE for the period 2014–2017, with a view to ensuring that Parties have access to relevant information to help them make informed decisions during the negotiations on the terms and mandate of the CGE.
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In order to improve national communications (NCs) and the Biennial Update Reports (BURs) 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). The Conference of the Parties (COP), by decision 19/CP.19,continued the CGE for five years, from 2014-2018. This group is the key technical support element under the Convention to assist developing country Parties in meeting their reporting obligations.
To that effect, the CGE, in 2014, laid out its vision and strategies to respond effectively to the mandate given to it by the COP. The strategies cover the areas of technical support and advice, operational management, communication and outreach, as well as collaboration and cooperation with other global initiatives.
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. The CGE at its first meeting in 2018 finalized its work plan for 2018.
The CGE operates on the following rules of procedure:
COP 19, by decisions 19/CP.19, continued the CGE for fived years, from 2014-2018.
COP 18, by decision 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 5/CP.15.
COP 15 by its decision 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 (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 (Decision 8/CP.5).