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The multilateral assessment process under the IAR
 

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The multilateral assessment (MA) process is part of the newly established international assessment and review (IAR) process for developed country Parties. The IAR process is conducted under the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and aims to promote the comparability of efforts among all developed country Parties with regard to their quantified economy-wide emission limitation and reduction targets.

The IAR process comprises two steps: a technical review of the national reports of each developed country, followed by the MA of the progress towards achieving the economy-wide target by developed country Parties.

The IAR started in January 2014, with the submission of the sixth national communications and the first biennial reports from Annex I Parties and the technical review of these reports by international expert review teams. The first round of the MA working group session as convened at SBI 41 in Lima, where 17 Annex I Parties were multilaterally assessed. 24 Annex I Parties will be assessed in Bonn during SBI 42 in June 2015.

                    The MA process entails three stages:

  • the preparation for the MA before the SBI working group session - encompassing a
    three-month "questions and answers" period; more
  • the international assessment during the SBI working group session; more
  • and the completion of the Party record after the SBI working group session. more
Timeline for the second round of MA in Bonn:
right 1 to 31 March 2015: submission of questions by any Party to the Parties under MA - using the MA portal;
right 1 April to 28 May 2015: Preparation of answers by Parties under MA and posting of answers -  using the MA portal;
right 1 April to 31 May 2015: upload compiled questions and answers by the secretariat onto the individual Party page upon completion of answers by the Party;
right SBI 42, over two days between 3 and 5 June 2015: multilateral assessment of each of the 24 Annex I Parties' progress towards emission reduction target;
right End of August 2015: publication of Party records for the 24 Annex I Parties.

Annex I countries

Multilateral assessment process

Australia to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, AUS Party page
Austria conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, AUT Party page
Belarus to be reviewed in 2015
Belgium to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, BEL Party page
Bulgaria to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, BGR Party page
Canada to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, CAN Party page
Croatia conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, HRV Party page
Cyprus conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, CYP Party page
Czech Republic to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, CZE Party page
Denmark conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, DNK Party page
Estonia to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, EST Party page
European Union conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, EU Party page
Finland conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, FIN Party page
France conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, FRA Party page
Germany to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, DEU Party page
Greece to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, GRC Party page
Hungary to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, HUN Party page
Iceland to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, ISL Party page
Ireland to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, IRL Party page
Italy conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, ITA Party page
Japan to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, JPN Party page
Latvia conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, LVA Party page
Liechtenstein to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, LIE Party page
Lithuania to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, LTU Party page
Luxembourg conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, LUX Party page
Malta to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, MLT Party page
Monaco to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, MCO Party page
Netherlands conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, NLD Party page
New Zealand conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, NZL Party page
Norway to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, NOR Party page
Poland to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, POL Party page
Portugal conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, PRT Party page
Romania to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, ROU Party page
Russian Federation to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, RUS Party page
Slovakia to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, SVK Party page
Slovenia to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, SVN Party page
Spain conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, ESP Party page
Sweden conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, SWE Party page
Switzerland conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, CHE Party page
Ukraine to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, UKR Party page
United Kingdom to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 42, GBR Party page
United States of America conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, USA Party page

 

To access the MA portal log-in credentials are required. All national focal points have been invited to submit nominations to the MA portal in June 2014.  Should further nominations be required national focal points are requested to contact the secretariat at MA-portal@unfccc.int.

4 February 2015:
MA summary reports from SBI41 available now

Please see the individual Party page in the table below for the SBI summary report

see all summary reports

pdf-icon Party observation

 
Background documents

Notification to Parties
(pdf-icon sent 25 February 2015 (4281 kB) )

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International assessment and review process and biennial reports recent developments

IAR Process
BR recent developments

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Side event on MA 
SBI 40, Bonn, June 2014

MA application - presentation