UNFCCC Publishes Initial NEEDS Report

16 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an initial summary report titled "National Economic, Environment and Development Study for Climate Change."

This study follows a June 2008 request from the Subsidiary Body  for  Implementation (SBI) to the Secretariat to provide information to non-Annex I Parties on the assessment of financing needs to implement mitigation and adaptation. In response to this mandate, the Secretariat established the National Economic, Environment and Development Study (NEEDS) for Climate Change.

Costa Rica, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Maldives, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Philippines requested assistance from the UNFCCC Secretariat to conduct this study. The outcomes of the NEEDS are expected to provide useful inputs to the discussions by parties to determine the financing requirements of non-Annex I parties to implement mitigation and adaptation measures to address climate change. Participating countries are also providing information on financial and policy instruments available to support these measures.

The present report provides a summary of the initial inputs received from the first seven case studies under NEEDS. A full report is expected to be released in the first half of 2010, once all participating countries submit their final inputs. [The Report]