Enhanced Transparency Framework: The Transition Starts Now!

Participants at the 8th Annual Partnership Meeting in Beirut (Lebanon)
At the 8th Annual Partnership Retreat in Beirut (Lebanon) over 50 experts discussed the topic of transparency. Photo: GIZ/Création9

At the end of 2019, the 8th annual partnership retreat was held in Beirut. The topic: The transition to the Enhanced Transparency Framework.

At a point in which the negotiations on the Modalities, Procedures and Guidelines (MPGs) of the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) have been concluded, and with the corresponding common tabular formats and outlines for reporting expected to be finalized by United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2020, many parties are already planning to, and some are already taking first steps to transition to the ETF.

Transition from MRV to ETF is a challenge

The transition for developing countries from the current MRV framework (in the Cancun Agreements) to the ETF in the Paris Agreement is so far proving to be a challenge as compared to the developed countries, due to the lack of capacity and reporting experiences. One main concern lies with the submission of the last Biennial Update Report (BUR) by 2024 by developing countries, which is the same year the first Biennial Transparency Report (BTR) is expected. This overlap in the submission of these two reports would be challenging for the countries due to scarcity of human and financial resources.

Annual Partnership Retreat in Beirut: „Getting ready for the transition“

With a goal to address transparency issues in view of United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2019, the IKI project "Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA)", implemented by GIZ, last year organized the 8th Annual Partnership Retreat in Beirut, Lebanon. The main topic being, “Enhanced Transparency Framework: Getting ready for the transition.” The retreat focused on building trust and networks among transparency negotiators and national practioners, providing an open exchange during the retreat to allow for an intense peer learning and common understanding. This contributed to promoting an intensification of countries’ planning for the transition to the ETF. The early transition to the ETF would allow for early determination of capacity building needs to fulfil the ETF requirements, which is crucial for the application of the flexibility provisions. On the other hand, there are also countries that are considering to deliver a hybrid report by the next submission, therefore fulfilling the requirements of the BUR and some aspects required for the BTR. This would ensure that the countries’ development of national systems is already aligned with the needs of the ETF.

In attendance at the retreat was more than 50 participants from developed and developing countries, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, including the UNFCCC Secretariat and the OECD. The next Annual Partnership Retreat preparing transparency issues for United Nations Climate Change Conference 2020 is scheduled in early September.

All presentations, the agenda and the workshop report are available for download.

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