GSP for Preparation of Nat Coms and Biennial Update Reports for non-Annex I Parties under the UNFCCC

Lead country

New York - GEF

Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From May 2, 2015 to September 30, 2021

Project ID: 5164

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Technical team

  • Climate Strategies and Policy Programme

Cross-cutting programme(s)

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)




Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Data collection and analysis


  • Monitor inventory
  • Law regulation
  • Capacity building


  • Environmental accounting
  • Data quality
  • Impact assessment
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Institutional framework
  • Partnerships
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Technical capacity building

Social inclusion


Gender equality

  • Women decision making
  • Gender-responsive policies

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning

Conventions and protocols

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • National Determined Contributions (NDCs)

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • South-South cooperation

About this project


The Global Support Programme is a UNEP and UNDP implemented programme that provides support to non-Annex I Parties in order to prepare quality National Communications (NCs) and Biennial Update Reports (BURs) that are submitted to the UNFCCC in a timely manner. Technical support is being provided on-line, off-line and on-site to all countries that approach the GSP team, and complements the work of other supporting bodies such as the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention. This 5-year long programme has the intention to deliver on the following three outputs, being i) strengthened technical and institutional capacities of non-Annex I Parties to report on NCs and BURs, consistent with national development plans and that meet the Convention objectives, ii) established national systems/frameworks of documenting procedures and processes for NCs and BURs reporting under the UNFCCC, and iii) high quality and timely reporting on NCs and BURs by non-Annex I Parties.Work will be organised around three components that together contribute to the achievement of the above mentioned objectives. These components are i) broaden and make more robust and operational institutional arrangements for the preparation of NCs and BURs, ii) provide technical backstopping to national teams for the preparation of NCs and BURs, including the preparation and dissemination of technical and policy-relevant guidance materials, methodologies and tools, and iii) enhance knowledge management, best practice, communication and outreach. The programme will build on the lessons learnt from the previous NCSP cycles and related activities carried out by the implementing agencies, including built-in flexibility to easily provide targeted support to countries or groups of countries according to their country context and supporting needs.


Improve the quality of non-Annex I Parties" National Communications (NCs) and Biennial Update Reports (BURs), so they are more widely used for national development planning, climate negotiations, and for funding low emission, climate resilient development projects, while they are also submitted to the UNFCCC in a timely manner.

USD $3,575,000

Grant amount

USD $450,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Source(s) of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($3,575,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Regional Centre - Istanbul

Joint agencies

  • UN Environment

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