Climate Change

COP 22: parties endorse informal note on transparency framework

The Parties expressed urgency to start the technical work in the next round of discussions in 2017

 
By Vijeta Rattani
Last Updated: Monday 14 November 2016
The Parties agreed on identification of linkages between transparency framework and other mechanisms of the Paris Agreement. Credit: Shreeshan Venkatesh/ DTE
The Parties agreed on identification of linkages between transparency framework and other mechanisms of the Paris Agreement. Credit: Shreeshan Venkatesh/ DTE The Parties agreed on identification of linkages between transparency framework and other mechanisms of the Paris Agreement. Credit: Shreeshan Venkatesh/ DTE

The co-facilitators convening the informal consultations on transparency framework came out with an informal note on transparency framework which reflects the views of the Parties.

The Article 13 of the Paris Agreement establishes an enhanced transparency framework for action and support with built-in flexibility for developing countries. Under the APA, this issue is dealt with informal consultations convened by co-facilitators.

In the informal note, the Parties expressed urgency to start the technical work in the next round of discussions in 2017. The Parties also supported the formation of work programme that can guide technical discussions in the form of technical workshops and dialogues.

In the proposed work plan, the Parties also agreed on identification of linkages between transparency framework and other mechanisms of the Paris Agreement, including the global stocktake, accounting and complaince mechanism. Under the Paris Agreement, as also reiterated in the informal note, the Parties need to arrive at a consensus on modalities, procedures and guidelines (MPGs) for the transparency framework.

They have to forge a common ground on how experience from the existing MRV arrangements under the Convention should inform the MPGs, how ‘built-in’ flexibility should be operationalised with respect to the developing countries and how to organise further work in 2017 and 2018.

The Parties have also recognised the importance of targeted submissions on the issue of transparency framework focussing on issues like components of the MPGs, how to build on existing MRV mechanisms and operationalisation of flexibility which they are expected to make ahead of the next intersessional climate talks.

In the last informal consultation on transparency, the floor was open to the Parties to make comments on the informal note. Both the developed and developing parties endorsed the informal note for its balanced outcome and expressed their willingness to take the work forward under this element.

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