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GEF Policy Guidelines for the financing of biennial update reports for Parties not included in Annex I to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The Conference of the Parties at its sixteenth session (COP 16) decided that developing countries, consistent with their capabilities and the level of support provided for reporting, should also submit biennial update reports containing updates of national greenhouse gas inventories, including a national inventory report and information on mitigation actions, needs and support received.

The seventeenth session of the Conference of Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted guidelines for the preparation of biennial update reports by Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (non-Annex I Parties). 

Parties at COP 17 decided that the adopted guidelines should be used as a basis to provide guidance to an operating entity of the financial mechanism for funding the preparation of biennial update reports from non-Annex I Parties and, in the case of the first biennial update report, the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Accordingly, the GEF was requested to make available support to non-Annex I Parties preparing their first biennial update reports as early as possible in 2012 and on the basis of agreed full cost funding.

Non-Annex I Parties, consistent with their capabilities and level of support provided for reporting, should submit their first biennial update report by December 2014. Non-Annex I Parties shall submit a biennial update report every two years, either as a summary of parts of their national communication in the year when national communication is submitted or as a stand-alone update report. Least Developed Countries and small island developing States may submit biennial update reports at their discretion.

The first biennial update report submitted by non-Annex I Parties shall cover, at a minimum, the inventory for the calendar year no more than four years prior to the date of submission or more recent years if information is available, and that subsequent biennial update reports shall cover a calendar year that does not precede the submission date by more than four years. 

This policy guideline has been prepared in response to the decisions taken at COP 16 and COP 17 for the preparation of biennial update reports by non-Annex I Parties.