COP 19 (Nov. 2013, Warsaw, Poland) adopted the work programme 23/CP.19 on the revision of the guidelines for the review of biennial reports and national
communications, including national inventory reviews, for developed country Parties.
Reporting of first biennial report
Following provisions of decision 2/CP.17 developed country Parties are requested to submit their first biennial
report (BR1) to the secretariat by 1 January 2014. They have two options to report information in the BR1:
Parties could present the BR1 as an annex to the national communication (NC) or as a separate report.
In response to request for guidance on reporting of NC and BR by a number of Parties the secretariat has
analysed the information which is required to be presented in the BR and NC, identified the areas of
overlaps and suggested an approach as to how these overlaps could be avoided.
The presentation (175
kB) provides a summary of the analysis conducted by the secretariat and presented at the 10th lead
reviewers meeting held in Bonn, Germany, 18-21 March 2013. It provides a view by the secretariat on the
possible approach to report NC6 and BR1 and is not a formal guidance or recommendation. It is up to a Party to
decide if it will report NC6 and BR1 as two separate reports or BR1 as an annex to NC6 and which option and
approach it may take to deal with areas of overlapping information.
When a Party choose to present its BR as an annex to the NC, it may choose to avoid duplication of information
on similar topics by following two approaches: (1) detailed reporting of the information on the similar topics
in the NC, and cross-referencing to summary of this information in the BR or (2) provision of summary
information on such similar topics in the NC and cross-referencing to detailed information being provided in
the BR. Notwithstanding the differences in these two approaches, the BR when presented as an annex to the NC,
should be possible to be read as a stand-alone document and should meet all requirements of the UNFCCC biennial
reporting guidelines for developed country Parties (Annex, decision 2/CP.17).
When a Party chooses to report the BR and the NC as separate reports, the reader- friendliness could be
enhanced by indicating which parts are similar in both reports. In any case, provision of complete,
transparent, accurate, comparable and consistent information in the BR and the common tabular format is an
essential reporting requirement.
Biennial reporting application
The Conference of the Parties, in decision 19/CP.18, requested the UNFCCC secretariat to develop a test
version of an electronic reporting application for the common tabular format (BR CTF) for developed country
Parties, by May 2013 and to finalize the development by July 2013.
The BR CTF application has been released on 22 July 2013, for use by Parties to report their common tabular
formats of biennial reports.
The advanced version of the application which allows compilers to import data from excel to BR CTF tables 2-9
was released on 18 October. Noted issues are being fixed on a regular basis. Currently, the
BR CTF has over 200 users from 43 Parties and is supported by the secretariat's help desk <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The user manual is available on the landing page of the application. If you have any questions or
suggestions, please contact <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org>.