Enhancing the Technical Assistance and Support for The Existing MRV Arrangements and The Enhanced Transparency Framework
Speakers from left to right: Henning Wuster (ICAT), Milena Gonzalez vasquez (GEF), Minyoung Kim (UNFCCC-GIR-CASTT), William Agyemang-Bonsu (UNFCCC Secretariat), John Christensen (UNEP DTU Partnership).
With the adoption of the Paris
Agreement and the Katowice Climate Package, the efforts of Parties to further enhance the transpanrency of climate action and support will be increased significantly. This will
be achieved through the enhanced transparency framework (ETF), established
under the Paris Agreement, that builds on and enhanced the existing
measurement, reporting and verification arrangements (MRV) under the Convention
As a result, there is a wide acknowledgement by the global community that developing
countries will require increased financial, technical and capacity-building
A side-event, in the form of a panel discussion, showcasing the
support (financial, technical, and capacity-building) provided to developing
countries for participation in the existing MRV
arrangements under the Convention and the ETF under the Paris
Agreement, was held on Monday 24 June on the margins of June 2019 Climate Change Conference (SB50) in
The panel discussion, moderated by the UNFCCC
secretariat, included a panel of experts involved actively in supporting
developing countries in this area. The
experts provided their perspective of how countries can use the ETF as part of
their efforts to implement and further develop their NDCs. They also shared key lessons learned and best
practices in ensuring that the support provided contributes to the
sustainability of the national MRV arrangements and helps countries as they
move towards implementing the ETF.
Milena Gonzalez Vasquez (Global Environment Facility) presented the financial and technical support opportunities
made available through the GEF, including the Capacity-building Initiative for
Transparency – a funding window established in response to the request from COP
21 and plans for support for preparation of biennial transparency reports. She
highlighted that developing countries could submit projects that help
strengthen and prioritize their capacity to implement the enhanced transparency
framework. The CBIT database contains a publicly list of projects submitted to
date. As of June 2019, 48 projects received US$74 million of CBIT funds, with
17 projects in the implementation phase.
Stanford Mwakasonda provided further details on the on-the-ground support provided
through the GEF-funded Global Support Programme. The programme, implemented jointly by UN
Environment and UNDP, provides support to developing countries to meet their
national communications and biennial update reports reporting needs. He
emphasized that it is important for countries to establish a legal framework
(an overarching climate change policy, strategy or act) that provides the basis
for legally defining the role of stakeholders such as universities and national
statistics offices can play in the national MRV system.
Minyoung Kim of the Greenhouse Gas inventory & Research Center of Korea (UNFCCC-GIR CASTT)
described the specific support measure offered, in partnership with UNFCCC, to
developing countries to build their expertise in establishing or improving
their national GHG inventories. She explained that the training programme covers
aspects such as the reporting and technical analysis process under the UNFCCC,
GHG inventory compilation including sectoral GHG estimation methodologies and
development of country-specific GHG emission factors
Henning Wuester described the country-tailored tools and support made available
to policy-makers and national experts by the Initiative for Climate Action
Transparency (ICAT)to assess the impacts of their
climate policies and actions; to develop effective and ambitious climate
policies; and to mobilize investment. He provided examples of the
support initiatives they have undertaken for developing countries in the past
for developing reporting capacity such as the development of sustainable land
and land use indicators for the land use sector.
John Christensen highlighted the range of tools (legal, institutional,
procedural and capacity-building) made available by the UNEP DTU Partnership to
support developing countries build a national system for implementing the
enhanced transparency framework.
panellists explained that their webpages contain information on how to access
their support offering and highlighted that tools and guidance documents are
freely available on their websites.
With the adoption of the Paris Agreement the and the Katowice Climate Package, the efforts of parties to further enhance the transparency of climate action and support will be increased significantly. This will be achieved through the enhanced transparency framework (ETF), established under the Paris Agreement, that builds on and enhanced the existing measurement, reporting and verification arrangements (MRV) under the Convention As a result, there is a wide acknowledgement by the global community that developing countries will require increased financial, technical and capacity-building support.