Australia-Singapore-UNDP/UNEP GSP Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on the International Measurement, Reporting and Verification Framework
Global Support Programme
The Joint Australia-Singapore-United Nations Development Program/United Nations Environment Program Global Support Programme (UNDP/UNEP GSP) Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on the International Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Framework took place in Nadi, Fiji on 8-9 December 2016. Trainers from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, UNDP/UNEP GSP, Australia’s Department of Environment and Energy and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Singapore’s National Climate Change Secretariat, Strategy Group and Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilitated the workshop. Thirty- two participants from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and, Vanuatu participated in the workshop.
The objectives of the workshop were:
(i) To provide an in-depth understanding of the international MRV/transparency framework to help Parties better prepare for it;
(ii) To build capacity with a view to assisting Parties in submitting national communications (NCs), biennial update reports (BURs), and greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories where appropriate; and
(iii) To provide a safe environment to let participants brainstorm solutions to problems and issues faced in their national experiences.
The workshop consisted of eight substantive sessions covering: (i) an overview of MRV obligations under the Convention; (ii) reporting on national circumstances, institutional arrangements and GHG inventory; (iii) reporting on mitigation; (iv) reporting on adaptation; (v) reporting on constraints and gaps and support; (vi) support available to Parties for MRV obligations; and (vii) how to move forward with capacity-building for MRV in the region. The sessions were carried out through presentations by trainers and national experts, breakout discussions and Q&A segments.