Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h/t Climate Change News – rich countries have failed this year to top up the fund which allows delegates from poor countries to pitch up to conferences and demand more climate cash, so the UN has appealed for poor countries to fund their own travel.
Budget performance for the biennium 2016–2017 as at 30 June 2016
14. Expenditure incurred during the first six months of the biennium 2016–2017 amounted to USD 1.6 million, which covered the cost of participation in UNFCCC sessional meetings, including the participation of 222 representatives of eligible Parties in the sessions of the subsidiary bodies in May 2016, leaving a balance of income over expenditure of USD 1.37 million, excluding the operating reserve of USD 0.52 million. This balance, together with any further voluntary contributions to this trust fund, will be used to cover the participation of representatives of eligible Parties in COP 22 and CMP 12. Voluntary contributions received in the biennium 2014–2015 amounted to USD 0.38 million as at 30 June 2014 compared to USD 0.08 million in the same period in 2016–2017. Additional contributions will be required to fund participation of representatives from eligible Parties in 2016. Parties eligible for funding that are in a position to do so have the opportunity to voluntarily refrain from seeking financial support from the Trust Fund for Participation in the UNFCCC Process. This would allow available funds to be allocated to Parties in most need of support.
Rest assured, there is still plenty of cash in the kitty for other important UN climate related activities, such as Strengthening gender mainstreaming in climate change action and the UNFCCC process (Annex II, table 16).