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The multilateral assessment process
 

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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 will be convened at SBI 41 in Lima, where 17 Annex I Parties will be multilaterally assessed. The remaining Annex I Parties will be assessed next year at SBI 42 (June 2015, Bonn) and at SBI 43 (December 2015, Paris).

                    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 first round of MA in Lima:
right 1 to 30 September 2014: submission of questions by any Party to the Parties under MA - using the MA portal;
right 1 October to 28 November 2014: Preparation of answers by Parties under MA and posting of answers -  using the MA portal;
right 1 October to 28 November 2014: upload compiled questions and answers by the secretariat onto the individual Party page upon completion of answers by the Party;
right SBI 41, 6 and 8 December 2014: multilateral assessment of each of the 17 Annex I Parties' progress towards emission reduction target;
right End of February 2015: publication of Party records for the 17 Annex I Parties.

Annex I countries

Multilateral assessment process

Australia tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Austria to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, AUT
Belarus tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Belgium tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Bulgaria tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Canada tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Croatia to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, HRV
Cyprus to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, CYP
Czech Republic tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Denmark to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, DNK
Estonia tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
European Union to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, EU
Finland to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, FIN
France to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, FRA
Germany tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Greece tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Hungary tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Iceland tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Ireland tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Italy to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, ITA
Japan tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Kazakhstan to be reviewed in 2015
Latvia to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, LVA
Liechtenstein tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Lithuania tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Luxembourg to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, LUX
Malta tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Monaco tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Netherlands to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, NLD
New Zealand to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, NZL
Norway tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Poland tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Portugal to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, PRT
Romania tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Russian Federation tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Slovakia tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Slovenia tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
Spain to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, ESP
Sweden to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, SWE
Switzerland to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, CHE
Turkey to be reviewed in 2015
Ukraine tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
United Kingdom tentatively planned for the MA working group session in 2015
United States of America to be conducted at the MA working group session, SBI 41, USA

 

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.

 Notification to Parties

(pdf-icon sent 25 August 2014 (543 kB) )

 
International assessment and review process and biennial reports recent developments

IAR Process
BR recent developments

 
Side event on MA 
SBI 40, Bonn, June 2014

MA application - presentation

 

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