The Global Environment Facility held this meeting to discuss support needs, possible modalities, and timing for biennial transparency reports (BTRs) with partners. Participants included government representatives, members from the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE), the UNFCCC Secretariat, and relevant GEF implementing agencies. The experiences of participants in biennial update report (BUR) and national communications (NC) support helped inform the discussion. The outcomes of this and further consultations are expected to help inform the development of modalities for the provision of support for BTRs and related reporting.
As negotiations are still ongoing for the development of the common reporting tables and formats to complement the modalities, and procedures, and guidelines for the Enhanced Transparency Framework by the CMA.3, this consultation was carried out to ensure it will not prejudge the outcomes of the ongoing negotiations and to facilitate a timely response to the guidance received.
The modalities, procedures, and guidelines for the transparency framework for action and support referred to in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement were adopted in December 2018 at the twenty-fourth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24) and the third part of the first session of the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1.3). The Global Environment Facility, as an operating entity of the financial mechanism, was requested to support developing country Parties in preparing their first and subsequent BTRs. This request was reiterated at COP25 in December 2019 in the CMA’s decision on guidance to the GEF.
In response to this guidance, the GEF has started an analysis of its guidelines for the support of BTRs under the Paris Agreement, informed by support modalities in place for BURs and NCs under the UNFCCC.