Global Support Programme
The Global Support Programme (GSP) provides assistance to country Parties to enable,e the reporting process of the UNCCD. GSP is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment). The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD is the executing agency, responsible for carrying out the project activities in accordance with the project objectives and work plan.
GSP was developed to enhance the countries' capacity to submit quality UNCCD reports in a timely manner. Its purpose was also to create an enabling environment through capacity building and technical support.
To date, the Global Support Programme has supported two reporting cycles:
- GSP I for reporting cycle 2014–15
- GSP II for reporting cycle 2017–18
GSP I – key achievements
The GSP I have achieved its primary objective of significantly increasing the number and quality of the reports submitted by the Parties during the 2014–15 UNCCD reporting process. Other major achievements of GSP I include:
- Improved Performance Review and Assessment of the Implementation System portal with simplified off-line fillable reporting templates, reduced number of performance indicators and a unified financial annex
- A comprehensive reporting manual in six official UN languages and a series of regional training workshops that presented the performance indicators, taught how to fill out the new reporting templates use the reporting platform, access online help desk and the capacity building marketplace
- Implementation of data quality framework throughout the reporting period
- Online resources made available through the UNCCD capacity building marketplace, including help desk, FAQ, e-learning courses on reporting, consultant’s database, previously submitted reports and sample reports
- Successful implementation of several awareness-raising initiatives to promote DLDD issues among stakeholders through infographics, videos, dynamic maps, factsheets and reports
GSP II – key achievements
In addition to supporting countries in reporting, GSP II aims to strengthen countries' capacity to monitor the UNCCD indicators long-term by identifying prerequisites for establishment of sustainable monitoring mechanisms at national level. The GSP II largely achieved its objective on UNCCD reporting while the activities under data management, analysis and monitoring of biophysical progress indicators and financing for UNCCD implementation are ongoing. The achievements under GSP II are:
- PRAIS portal updated to support the 2017–2018 reporting process. Interactive templates with country-specific default data on the three land-based indicators were provided to country Parties to use in the absence of national datasets or to complement the national data. PRAIS data visualization tool is also available on the PRAIS portal for users to explore and visualize the default data easily
- E-learning course developed to ensure that all the reporting entities clearly understand the requirements to produce a quality report and have access to the knowledge and tools that can make reporting simpler
- Five regional workshops convened between March and May 2018, covering reporting requirements under the new UNCCD 2018 – 2030 strategic framework. The workshop extensively focused on UNCCD land-based indicators and their use to estimate the proportion of degraded land (for example, SDG indicator 15.3.1) as part of future reporting under SDG15
- GSP regional consultants along with the regional coordination units (RCUs) facilitated the reporting process through regular contact and assistance to country Parties. The continuous technical support from data consultants through help desk during and after workshops proved successful
- Online help desk provided technical assistance requested by Parties on a continuous basis. The dedicated team helped overcome technical challenges and assisted in submitting reports on time
- Preliminary analysis of reports was submitted by Parties during the 2017–18 reporting cycle via PRAIS3 portal. The process of synthesis and analysis of data proved to be complex due to technical issues with data, particularly land-based indicators
- Analysis of a global dataset that tracks financial flows was carried during the last semester to complement the official report on Strategic Objective 5 for CRIC 17. The report served as an information document for an interactive session on financial flows during CRIC 17 in Guyana.
- Study on sustainable coordination mechanisms for monitoring indicators on land degradation trends at national level will support country Parties in establishment of monitoring systems at national level