Climate and Energy

UNFCCC SB50 Side Event:
Capacity building for the Paris Agreement’s enhanced transparency

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC), and the World Resources Institute (WRI) jointly organised a side event titled “Capacity building for the Paris Agreement’s enhanced transparency”, on the margins of the 50th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies (SB50) in Bonn on 20 June 2019. To implement the Paris Agreement, transparency is an essential element that builds mutual trust and confidence, and therefore drives climate action and support.

Given that the MOEJ has and will be strongly supporting developing countries to enhance their capacity to report in a transparent manner, this side event aimed to offer a place where relevant stakeholders could discuss how to enhance capacity building efforts. IGES presented its research results on the assessment of GHG inventory capacity and relevant support in the region. WRI also provided input on good practices and key lessons learned. After the two presentations, three country representatives from Cambodia, the CCCCC, and Ghana gave responses and discussed two important aspects of capacity building: continuous improvement and effective capacity building support.

Q1: How has a country approached the idea of continuous improvement?

  • - Integrate reporting systems under the Paris Agreement with existing reporting mechanisms
  • - Repeat processes to gain experience
  • - Have reviewers who can identify and guide further improvement, and how to do so
  • - Use data to strengthen socioeconomic development
  • - Build a roadmap and strategies

Q2: How can we mobilize capacity building efforts in a more effective, more sustained, and faster manner?

  • - Use regional hubs to maintain capacity, noting certain countries may be too large to take this approach
  • - Have sufficient financing, and employ assessments to ensure that this support is effective
  • - Utilize mechanisms to make support continuous by, for example, building on previous projects
  • - Establish alliances where multiple donors can pool their support, which allows this support to be continuous over a number of years
Event Date 20 June 2019
Venue World Conference Center, Bonn, Germany
Organisers Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ)
Caribbean Community Change Center (CCCCC)
World Resources Institute (WRI)
Language English
Number of participants Approx. 50
Programme PDF Download(175KB)

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