18.4 - 18.11 Access to funding

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18.4

Decision directed to: Parties

Parties are invited to provide non-reimbursable loan of personnel services to the CITES Secretariat noting that the salary and administrative fee of non-reimbursable loan personnel shall be covered by the Party, with such personnel remaining under the administrative authority of the sending Party. Non-reimbursable loan personnel shall carry out their duties and act in the interest of the mandate of the CITES Secretariat.

18.5

Decision directed to: Parties

Parties are encouraged to:
a) engage with their Global Environment Facility (GEF) national focal points in order to take part in the national GEF processes and facilitate use of allocated GEF funding through the Global Wildlife Program (GWP);
b) contribute to the development and implementation of GEF projects that may have components related to the implementation of CITES, by communicating with their national GEF counterparts and informing them of relevant CITES requirements and processes; and
c) monitor the progress of the GEF Global Wildlife Program and the national projects, where applicable, to enhance Parties’ ability to meet their obligations under CITES.

18.6

Decision directed to: Parties, Others

All Parties, governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other entities are invited to provide financial or technical assistance for ensuring the effective implementation of the Decisions and Resolutions adopted by the Conference of the Parties.

18.7

Decision directed to: Parties, Others

In providing financial assistance, Parties, governmental, intergovernmental and non- governmental organizations and other entities are encouraged to take into consideration the administrative and financial management support needed to ensure that the funded activities are managed in an efficient, effective and accountable manner, and that they do not affect the Secretariat’s core administrative tasks.

18.8

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall:
a) continue to participate in the Program Steering Committee of the GEF Global Wildlife Program to ensure that GEF projects under the programme are, as far as possible, aligned with CITES Decisions and Resolutions and contribute to the enhanced implementation of the Convention; and
b) provide technical advice and in-kind support to Parties in the development and implementation of their GEF projects under the Global Wildlife Program.

18.9

Decision directed to: Secretariat

Subject to the availability of external funding, the Secretariat, in collaboration with the World Bank and other relevant financial institutions, cooperation agencies and potential donors, shall organize a wildlife donor roundtable with a particular focus on sustainable use, to:
a) share information on existing funding programmes on wildlife;
b) understand the long-term financial needs of developing countries to implement the Convention; and
c) explore the potential for scaled-up financial resources to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of wildlife.

18.10

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall report on the progress on the implementation of Decisions 18.4 and 18.5 and any recommendations, as necessary, to the Standing Committee and at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

18.11

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall review the progress of implementation of Decisions 18.4 through 18.10 and make recommendations as necessary to the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.