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UNFCCC and CEEW Join Hands to Develop Capacity-Building Tools for Developing Countries

New Delhi, 21 March 2022: The United Nations Climate Change secretariat and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) are pleased to announce their strategic partnership to develop a framework and tools that will enhance the capacity of developing countries to report on climate change as part of the Climate Change Convention and Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) under the Paris Agreement.

The ETF modalities, procedures and guidelines (MPGs) emphasise the need for developing country Parties to ascertain their capacity constraints and requirements for reporting climate action and support. It urges them to better understand their national circumstances, develop a continuous improvement plan and use the flexibility provisions in the MPGs in light of their capacities.

The UN Climate Change secretariat-CEEW partnership is premised on the recognition that developing countries that are Party to the Paris Agreement are at different starting points with respect to their capabilities and the institutional arrangements to effectively report on climate action and support in accordance with the MPGs. Building on the research done previously by CEEW, the partnership envisions to develop a framework and tool that can be used by developing country Parties to enhance their capacity to report on climate change.

“Developing country Parties need support to transition to the ETF MPGs. We look forward to working with the UN Climate Change secretariat to support developing country Parties to enhance their climate change reporting as a critical pillar of building confidence, and highlighting their capacity needs and the challenges so that commensurate resources can be provided to them,” said Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water.

‘’We welcome this collaboration with CEEW to help developing country Parties to identify their capacity needs as well as access support opportunities to enhance and submit their biennial transparency reports,’’ said Mr Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change secretariat.

It is envisaged that the framework and tool should be ready for piloting within the next 12 months.

For more information, please contact:
Transparency Division, CGE/ETF Support Unit, [email protected]