Group photo APR19

8th Annual Partnership Retreat discusses how to get ready for the transition to the ETF

The Annual Partnership Retreat of the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement is an established forum for facilitating the international negotiation process on the issue of climate transparency and for sharing experience in building national transparency systems in different countries.

From October 18-23, the 8th Annual Partnership Retreat (APR) took place in Broumana, Republic of Lebanon. 54 participants from 24 developing and industrialised countries as well as 6 international organisations prepared for COP25 and reflected under this year’s APR theme “getting ready for the transition to the Enhanced Transparency Framework” necessary next steps in this regard.

In the light of the international negotiations on the modalities, procedures and guidelines (MPGs) for the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) being mostly finalised, with the exception of the tabular formats for reporting, the invited transparency negotiators and national policy-makers and practitioners centered their discussions, group works and inputs during the APR on mostly the following topics:

  • Key expectations for COP25
  • Capacity needs for transparency
  • The transition from the current reporting framework to the ETF
  • How to track progress on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
  • Reporting on adaptation
  • Reporting on support
  • How to operationalize flexibility in reporting 

As every year, the APR was designed to deepen relationships and networks and build trust among parties by providing a space for an open exchange of positions and experiences.

This year’s APR was hosted by the Lebanese Ministry of Environment and financed by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, with co-financing from the Ministry of Public Health and Environment of the Belgian federal government, the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


The agenda is available for download on the right margin of this page, the report will soon follow.  


Day 1

Rocío Lichte (BMU Germany) - Introduction to the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement

Gonçalo Cavalheiro (CAOS Sustentabilidade) - Re-cap and main take-aways from last year’s Retreat

Mary Awad (MoE Lebanon) - Testimonial from APR 2018


Day 2 

Katia Simeonova (UNFCCC Secretariat) - Status of international negotiations: the ETF in the Katowice Climate Package and work ahead towards COP25

Ana Cardoso (CBIT / UNEP DTU) - Determining capacity and identifying capacity building needs

CBIT user manual (CBIT / UNEP DTU) - Guidance for Country Focal Points

Mary Awad (MoE Lebanon) - Sharing experience: determining capacity, capacity gaps and needs 

Saúl Pereyra (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico) - Sharing experience: overcoming barriers and sustainably building capacity

Michael Onwona-Kwakye (Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana) - Sharing experience: Ghana’s NDC: tracking progress

Cynthia Elliott (World Resources Institute) - Tracking progress in a tabular format

Takashi Morimoto (Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting, Japan) - Sharing views: on tabular formats for tracking progress

Alyssa Ng (National Climate Change Secretariat, Singapore) - Sharing views: on tabular formats for tracking progress 


Day 3 (no presentations)


Day 4

Ana Lucia Moya (Ministry of Energy and Environment, Costa Rica) - Sharing experience: challenges and success stories in BR/BUR preparation 

Hakan Aydogan (Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, Turkey) - Sharing experience: challenges and success stories in BR/BUR preparation

Cynthia Elliott (World Resources Institute) -  Comparing key requirements in the current framework and in the ETF 

Ruba Ajjour (Royal Scientific Society, Jordan) - Preparing for transition to the ETF. The case study of Jordan

Oscar Zarzo (German Environment Agency) - Roadmap for ETF readiness


Day 5

Jenny Mager (Ministry of Environment, Chile) - Participating in ICA and in voluntary peer review

Patricia Grobben (Federal Climate Change Service, Belgium) - TER – commonalities and differences to ICA and IAR

Navina Sanchez (GIZ) - Developing guidelines for the adaptation communication and The Elements of the Adaptation Communications & Biennial Transparency Reports

Timo Leiter (LSE) - The adaptation cloud – making efficient sense of the reporting requirements

Lidiane Melo (Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil) - Monitoring and reporting on adaptation action - the Brazilian experience

Chiara Falduto (OECD) - Tabular formats for climate finance reporting

Illari Aragon (IIED) - Tabular formats for reporting support needed and received: LDC Group perspective

Geoffrey Brouwer (Environment & Climate Change, Canada) - Canada’s approach to reporting on support provided & mobilized

Jenny Mager (Ministry of Environment, Chile) - COP 25: preparing for NDC updates, the GST and the transition to the ETF

Sandra Motshwanedi (Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa) - Tracking Support Needed and Received


Day 6

Jae H. Jung (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea) - Flexibility in the ETF

Hossein Khajehpour (Department of the Environment, Iran) - ETF flexibilities: LMDC & Iran


The APR 2019 was organized with additional financial support of: