24-05-2014 - The UNCCD secretariat and the Global Mechanism (GM) concluded a series of workshops aimed at strengthening the capacities of country Parties to undertake the 2014 reporting exercise. The workshops are part of the Global Support Programme, (GPS) which is designed to provide support the reporting and National Action Programme (NAP) alignment processes within the framework of the UNCCD in general and its 10-year Strategy in particular.
The GSP is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the GM taking on the role of Executing Agency. As a part of this programme the UNCCD secretariat and the GM offer training workshops for National Focal Points and Reporting officers from the Regional Implementation Annexes of the Convention. The workshops offer guidance and training specifically relating to the 2014 reporting, while covering some general issues pertaining to the NAP alignment process.
The 2014 reporting process
For this 2014 reporting exercise reporting entities are to report on their implementation of the Operational Objectives of the 10-year Strategy, following the defined set of indicators as agreed by the Conference of the Parties (COP). These reports will be submitted to the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), for its review, consequent to which it shall make recommendation to the COP at its twelfth session in 2015. It should be noted that the CRIC is also charged with reviewing financial flows in support of the implementation of the Convention.
Between April and May a total of eight workshops were convened in Morocco (Africa), the Republic of Korea (Asia), Fiji (The Pacific), Peru (Latin America), Trinidad and Tobago (The Caribbean), Hungary (Central and Eastern Europe and Northern Mediterranean ) and Germany (Developed country Parties). These trainings consisted of both a theoretical and a practical component.
Apart from these regional exercises, additional capacity building tools and services have been made available through the GSP. These include online learning materials, an online helpdesk service for reporting officers, and regional consultants offering direct assistance and technical backstopping as further support to the reporting entities. These tools and services are available through the UNCCD reporting webpage at: www.unccd.int/reporting
E-learning course on the 2014 reporting process
Further, country Parties and other reporting entities who were unable to attend the training workshops are invited to participate in the special e-learning course on the 2014 reporting process
. This course is still available on the UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace and is opened to anyone interested or involved in the UNCCD 2014 reporting process.
Songdo Training workshop, Republic of Korea - May 7-9Nadi Training workshop, Fiji - May 13-15Port of Spain Training Workshop, Trinidad and Tobago - May 14-16