Global Support Unit
UNDP supports and guides national project teams through the Global Support Unit (GSU). Located at UNDP head quarters in New York, the GSU assist countries in implementing their projects and ensuring technically sound deliverables.
Support begins with a 6-month inception phase, during which guidelines and templates are provided by the GSU to assist countries in carrying out their stocktaking and stakeholder consultations for the design of the national projects. Once stocktaking reveals the needed scope and nature of a given country project and identifies its potential synergies with ongoing projects and/or policy matters, an individual project document is drawn up for approval.
The GSU continues to support countries during implementation in a variety of ways, including:
- Providing appropriate tools and training available to support NAMA, LEDS, and MRV in the context of national priorities. This support includes the hiring of experts to produce needed publications, the provision of a training menu based on capacity building needs for use in national-level projects, the creation of a technical training package (in coordination with Centres of Excellence), and offering training in various thematic areas.
- Providing targeted technical support to national teams for the implementation of project activities. Some key actions of the GSU in this area include: establishing effective means of communication on what technical support is available and how to access it, commissioning the development of any resources needed to fill the gaps, monitoring of technical support and its impacts on project implementation and the quality of deliverables, and reporting on results and lessons learned from technical assistance via widely distributed GSC newsletters, case studies, and various additional knowledge products.
- Providing support for the identification of innovative policy and financing options for low-emission development and in order to facilitate partnerships between the public sector and private or public industry. Types of guidance provided include conducting studies and developing and adopting plans at the country level, identifying potential sources of funding and institutional arrangements for the implementation of LEDS and mitigation actions, and identifying mainstreaming opportunities by key stakeholders under the guidance of a National Steering Committee.
- Disseminating knowledge and lessons learned in order to raise awareness, engage stakeholders, and inform decision makers. A primary role of the GSC is to disseminate lessons learned and best practices on a continuous basis. At the centre of this information exchange will be knowledge networks and external communication, on which national teams can share their experiences and results. Best practice documents will be prepared for thematic areas. The GSU will assist countries in their efforts to ensure that country projects are not carried out in isolation. Given that climate change is a cross-cutting issue which should be integrated into pertinent initiatives at the country level, the GSC promotes mainstreaming, especially in the areas of and poverty eradication, capacity building, sectoral and national planning, and gender concerns.
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Support begins with a 6-month inception phase and continues during project implementation.