LEG mandate

The mandate of the LEG was extended at COP 21 for a period of five years (2016-2020). The LEG is mandated as follows ( decision 29/CP.7, decision 4/CP.11, decision 8/CP.13, decision 6/CP.16decision 5/CP.17decision 12/CP.18decision 3/CP.20decision 4/CP.21 and decision 19/CP.21):

 

Work area 1: Supporting the Paris Agreement

The LEG should be mandated to provide technical guidance and advice on needs related to adaptation that may arise from the 2015 agreement and the decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its twenty-first session (November–December 2015), as determined by Parties: (decision 19/CP.21, para. 2d)

The Adaptation Committee and the LEG to jointly develop modalities to recognize the adaptation efforts of developing country Parties, as referred to in Article 7, paragraph 3, of the Agreement, and make recommendations for consideration and adoption by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement at its first session (CMA 1): (decision 1/CP.21, para. 41)

The Adaptation Committee and the LEG, in collaboration with the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) and other relevant institutions, to develop methodologies, and make recommendations for consideration and adoption by CMA 1 on: (a) Taking the necessary steps to facilitate the mobilization of support for adaptation in developing countries in the context of the limit to global average temperature increase referred to in Article 2 of the Agreement; and (b) Reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of adaptation and support referred to in Article 7, paragraph 14(c), of the Agreement: (decision 1/CP.21, para. 45)

Work area 2: Supporting the assessment by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation of progress made in the process to formulate and implement NAPs

The LEG, in collaboration with the Adaptation Committee, to organize a meeting of Party experts, at which the report referred to in paragraph 12(c) of decision 4/CP.21 would be considered, with a view to providing a summary of progress made in the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans: (decision 4/CP.21, para. 12(d))

The LEG, in collaboration with the Adaptation Committee and with the support of the secretariat, to prepare a report on the meeting referred to in paragraph 12(d) of decision 4/CP.21, for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation at its forty-eighth session in its assessment of progress made in the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans: (decision 4/CP.21, para. 12(e))

Work area 3: Engaging with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) secretariat on accessing funding from the fund for the process to formulate and implement NAPs

The LEG should be mandated to provide technical guidance and advice on accessing funding from the GCF for the process to formulate and implement NAPs in collaboration with the GCF secretariat: (decision 19/CP.21, para. 2)

The LEG and the Adaptation Committee to consider how they can provide more information on accessing funding from the GCF for the process to formulate and implement NAPs and to include such information, as appropriate, in their reports: (decision 19/CP.21, para. 10)

To consider, with the Adaptation Committee and in collaboration with the GCF, how to best support developing country Parties in accessing funding from the GCF for the process to formulate and implement NAPs, and to report thereon to SBI 42: (decision 3/CP.20)

Work area 4: Monitoring and evaluation of progress, effectiveness, gaps and adequacy in the process to formulate and implement NAPs

The LEG (the Adaptation Committee and other relevant bodies under the Convention) to include information in their reports on how they have responded to the requests made in this decision and on their activities relevant to the NAP process, as per their respective mandates: (decision 5/CP.17, para. 34)

The secretariat, consistent with Article 8 of the Convention, to collect, compile and synthesize information needed by the SBI to monitor and evaluate the progress made on the NAP process, drawing upon information in accordance with paragraphs 32–35 of decision 5/CP.17: (decision 5/CP.17, para. 36)

Work area 5: Advancing NAPs through technical guidance and support

To provide technical guidance and support to the process to formulate and implement NAPs: (decision 5/CP.17)

To provide technical guidance and advice on the identification of medium- and long-term adaptation needs, their integration into development planning and the implementation of identified adaptation activities: (decision 6/CP.16)

To support knowledge management and outreach in all elements of the NAP process

To provide technical guidance and support on the monitoring and evaluation of progress, effectiveness and gaps in adaptation in the LDCs (in the context of NAPs, NAPAs and the LDC work programme)

To support the process to formulate and implement NAPs through further development and enhancement of NAP Central

To enhance the support and outreach on NAPs through NAP Expo

To enhance the support on NAPs to developing countries through mobilization of regional centers, programmes and networks on NAPs, and a wide range of other relevant organizations

To promote south-south collaboration in supporting the process to formulate NAPs

Ensure coherence in support to NAPs through provision of guidance and advice to support programmes, development of supplementary materials to the technical guidelines on NAPs, promoting adherence to language on NAPs as agreed under the COP; coordinating training activities, and coordinating NAP events via a joint calendar

To provide technical guidance and advice on the integration of climate change adaptation into national planning (decision 19/CP.21)

To provide technical guidance and advice on the development of programmes that addresses both objectives of the process to formulate and implement NAPs :(decision 19/CP.21)

Work area 6: Providing technical guidance and support for NAPAs and the least developed countries work programme

To provide technical guidance and advice on the preparation, revision or update, and on the implementation strategy of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs): (decision 29/CP.7)

To advise on capacity-building needs for the preparation and implementation of NAPAs and to provide recommendations, as appropriate: (decision 29/CP.7)

To assist, as appropriate, the remaining LDC Parties that have not submitted their NAPAs in completing and submitting their NAPAs as soon as possible (request to the Global Environment Facility in collaboration with the LEG): (decision 5/CP.14)

To provide technical guidance and advice on the revision and update of NAPAs to further improve their quality, to facilitate the integration of adaptation actions of LDCs into development planning and to reflect increased adaptation knowledge and changed priorities in the countries, upon request by LDCs: (decision 6/CP.16)

To provide technical guidance and advice on the monitoring, revision and implementation of the elements of the LDC work programme other than NAPAs that are relevant to the expertise of the LEG: (decision 6/CP.16)

To serve in an advisory capacity to the LDCs: (decision 8/CP.13)

To identify support needs for the process of formulation and implementation of NAPs: (decision 5/CP.17)

To consider if there is a need to update the LDC work programme and to make recommendations for consideration by SBI 48 (April–May 2018), with a view to those recommendations being forwarded to COP 24 (November 2018), as appropriate

Provide technical guidance and advice on needs related to adaptation that may arise from the Paris Agreement and the decisions adopted at COP 21, as determined by Parties (2015)

Work areas 7: Addressing gender and vulnerable communities, groups and ecosystems

To provide technical guidance and advice on strengthening gender-related considerations and considerations regarding vulnerable communities within least developed country Parties: (decision 6/CP.16, para. 2(c))

Work area 8: Providing technical guidance and advice on regional approaches to adaptation planning

Also decides that the Least Developed Countries Expert Group should be mandated to provide technical guidance and advice on regional approaches to adaptation planning: (decision 19/CP.21, para. 2b);

Work area 9: Collaborating with relevant bodies under the Convention

To collaborate with other constituted bodies under the Convention, including by inviting members of these bodies to participate, as appropriate, in its meetings: (LEG decision 19/CP.21);

To invite the Green Climate Fund secretariat to its meetings, as appropriate: (LEG decision 19/CP.21);

To continue to invite the Global Environment Facility and its agencies to its meetings, as appropriate: (LEG decision 19/CP.21);

To invite the Adaptation Committee and other relevant bodies under the Convention to contribute to the work of the LEG in support of the NAP process, and to report, as appropriate: (decision 5/CP.17);

The TEC, in collaboration with the CTCN, the Adaptation Committee and the LEG, to consider how it can help Parties align their technology needs assessments with the process to formulate and implement NAPs: (decision 3/CP.21, para. 5)

Work area 10: Engaging regional centres and networks, and relevant organizations

To invite representatives of regional centres or networks to its meetings as observers, when appropriate: (decision 19/CP.21)

To invite relevant regional centres to nominate one focal point each for the LEG with a view to enhancing collaboration with those centres: (decision 19/CP.21)

To invite representatives of global programmes, projects and/or networks that support the process to formulate and implement NAPs to its meetings, as appropriate, as a way to promote the exchange of experiences and lessons learned: (decision 19/CP.21)

To engage a wide range of organizations to support the implementation of its work programme: (decision 6/CP.16, para. 5)

Other decisions

Encourages United Nations organizations, specialized, bilateral and multilateral agencies and other relevant organizations to continue their efforts to coordinate support for the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans; (NAP Decision 4/CP.21, para 7);

Invites United Nations organizations, specialized, bilateral and multilateral agencies and other relevant organizations to consider the gaps and needs, identified in the reports prepared on this matter, related to the provision of financial and technical support to developing country Parties for the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans; (NAP Decision 4/CP.21, para 9);

Parties and relevant organizations to continue to assist the LDC Parties, drawing upon the work of, and where appropriate in consultation with, the LEG, in building national institutional arrangements and capacities, and to support scientific and technical capacity needs, as identified by the LDC Parties, for undertaking the NAP process (decision 12/CP.18).

Operational guidance

The LEG, the Adaptation Committee and other relevant bodies under the Convention to include information in their reports on how they have responded to the requests made in decision 5/CP.17 and on their activities relevant to the NAP process, as per their respective mandates, and to make recommendations accordingly (Decision 5/CP.17);

To prioritize support for the formulation and implementation of NAPs in carrying out the LEG mandate to support the identification and implementation of medium- and long-term adaptation in the least developed countries (Decision 5/CP.17);

When developing its two-year rolling work programme to take into account the compilation of elements contained in annex I to document FCCC/SBI/2015/8 and the compilation of gaps and needs in the least developed countries, considered at this session; (Decision 19/CP.21, para 4 – see Annex I).