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 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.
The Global Support Programme (GSP) for the preparation of NCs and BURs is a five-year (2014-2019) project managed jointly by UNDP and UNEP. The GSP has an overall objective of providing financial and technical support to developing countries with a view to facilitating the timely preparation and submission of their NCs and BURs as well as supporting the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions.
For additional information on the GSP please visit: http://www.un-gsp.org/
NCs: The GEF can provide up to US$ 500,000 to each non-Annex I Party to finance activities related to the preparation of NCs.
Application and Instructions for direct access funding (NCs and BURs)
BURs: As per the GEF policy guidelines, non-Annex I Parties can access up to US$352,000 through a GEF Agency or via direct access for the preparation of BURs.
GEF Policy Guidelines and Application Form for funding of BURs