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Preparation for the multilateral assessment
 
The preparation of the MA covers a three-month period of questions and answers (Q&A) amongst Parties via the MA portal and shall be completed prior to an SBI session. The Q&A  application allows all 197 Parties to the Convention to submit written questions electronically to the Party under MA, based on the national reports and their review reports. This question period is open for one month. Following this, the Party under the MA will respond to these questions within two months. All questions and responses submitted by Parties will be tracked, compiled and published by the secretariat can be accessed via the respective Party pages.  
 
To access the MA portal log-in credentials are required. All national focal points have been invited to submit nominations to the MA.  Should further nominations be required national focal points are requested to contact the secretariat at   MA-portal@unfccc.int