National Focal Points

National Focal Points

National focal Points are nominated by Governments “for engagement with the 10-year framework of programmes, with a view to ensuring contact and coordination with the board and the secretariat” (A/CONF.216/5 - paragraph 4.d).

Nomination

Governments have been invited to nominate the 10YFP National Focal Points (NFP). Currently, 114 countries have nominated their NFP and alternate. NFPs are mostly from the Ministry of environment, but also include members from Foreign Affairs, Development, Economics, Trade, Agriculture, Industry and Tourism ministries, among others.

Countries who have not yet submitted their nomination, are invited to do so, following the invitation letter and filling up the attached form.

In the event of a change of National Focal Point, Governments should inform the secretariat by submitting a revised official nomination through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Key documents:

Work of the NFPs

At the regional level, the initial meetings and brainstorming sessions with the National Focal Points that have taken place so far include:

- the 7th Regional Meeting in SCP in Latin America and the Caribbean ("The 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP taking Action in the Region", June 2013, Peru, Lima)
- the 4th Arab Roundtable meeting on SCP (“The 10YFP, taking action in the Arab region “, June 2013, Cairo, Egypt).
- the Western Europe and Others Group (WEOG) meeting (“1st meeting of the WEOG NFP on SCP/ 10YFP”, July 2013, Paris, France)
- the First Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on the 10YFP (“The 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP – A Regional Roadmap for the 10YFP”, November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)
- the Capacity-building workshop for the 10YFP NFPs in the Arab Region (December 2013, Rabat, Morocco)
- the 8th African Roundtable on SCP and first 10YFP Regional Meeting ("Mobilizing Partnerships and Scaling up SCP in Africa", May 2014, Windhoek, Namibia)
- South East Asia training workshop for 10YFP NFPs ("the 10YFP and SCP within ASEAN Policies - Building Sustainability into ASEAN Policies Together", October 2014, Vientiane, Laos)
- the First Eastern Europe regional meeting on the 10YFP (October 2014, Geneva, Switzerland)

Some of the NFPs are already taking action on the following areas:

  • Support the vision, objectives and goals of the 10YFP. 

  • Organizing  inter-ministerial national roundtables and dialogues to coordinate country’s participation and support to the 10YFP

  • Exchange and disseminate relevant information on SCP plans, programmes activities, events, through inter alia, the Global SCP Clearinghouse, which will serve as the information and knowledge platform of the 10YFP. 

  • Developing national SCP action plans/programmes.

Proposed role for National Focal Points: 

  • Support the vision, objectives and goals of the 10YFP. 

  • Share information on the 10YFP and enhance coordination and cooperation on SCP within the country with different ministries and stakeholders.

  • Be the contact point for information and coordination with the Secretariat and the Board of the 10YFP.

  • Develop projects and initiatives contributing to the 10YFP implementation, including facilitate the country’s participation in SCP partnerships and other activities under the 10YFP.

  • Participate and support the activities of the “10YFP Programmes” at different levels (regional, sub-regional, national and local levels), including by facilitating the active participation of relevant/qualified experts.

  • Exchange and disseminate relevant information on SCP plans, programmes activities, events, through inter alia, the Global SCP Clearinghouse, which will serve as the information and knowledge platform of the 10YFP. 

  • Facilitate and where appropriate take the lead and actively pursue SCP implementation efforts at the country level, including facilitation of national roundtables or inter-governmental workshops on SCP.

  • Be the channel for information on the activities under the 10YFP, and provide timely feedback on reports and requests from the 10YFP Board and Secretariat as necessary.

  • Support fundraising for 10YFP activities at all levels.

  • Be the focal point which submits national proposals to the Trust Fund (in the case of developing countries and economies in transition).