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A first-of-its-kind workshop was held from 20 to 21 May at the Bonn Climate Change Conference, giving developing countries the opportunity to show what actions they are taking to reduce emissions, highlight the associated challenges and gaps, and provide an overview of international support received and required.
Known as a facilitative sharing of views (FSV), it forms part of the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process for developing countries, the objective of which is to increase the transparency of mitigation actions and their effects in a manner that is non-intrusive, non-punitive and respectful of national sovereignty.
The launch of the facilitative sharing of views workshop went very smoothly, following the true spirit and principles of the ICA, with a positive and interactive exchange in a facilitative manner. At the opening of the workshop, the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) highlighted the relevance of this first-ever FSV workshop and congratulated the presenting Parties for being the first to complete the ICA cycle.
A total of 13 developing countries gave presentations, each of which was followed by a Q&A session. The presenting Parties were: Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, Namibia, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia and Vietnam. In their presentations, most countries expressed the need for continued international support to help them improve their national systems for measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) among others.
The developing country Parties answered the questions posed by different Parties in a transparent manner, including answers to written questions received in advance. The effort to provide answers (either in writing or during the presentation) to those written questions was greatly appreciated by the Parties who submitted in advance.The questions were mostly forward looking in the sense of getting further clarity on experiences, lessons learned and best practices, as well as challenges and constraints encountered.
It was clear that both sides were determined to make this workshop a success, with all developing countries providing a response to all the questions asked, and the developed countries showing genuine appreciation for the efforts made, all of which bodes well for future workshops.