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Details of the training programme for review experts of biennial reports and national communications
 

The courses of the training programme are intended to train review experts for the technical review of information reported in biennial reports and national communications by Annex I Parties.

The courses of the training programme are mandatory for any new expert with relevant experience on biennial reports and national communications matters, who has not previously participated in biennial report and/or national communication reviews. They are essential for all experts participating in expert review teams (ERTs) for these reviews and mandatory depending on the role of the experts in the ERTs. Each trainee taking the courses of the training programme will be required to study the general and cross-cutting aspects course and one specific course depending of the area of his/her expertise. At the request of any Party, the training courses will also be made available to other experts interested in the technical review process.

All courses are available on-line and offered through the Internet in an e-learning format for a study period of 4 weeks each year. During this period, trainees are expected to dedicate time to complete and follow the on-line courses. For trainees with limited access to Internet, the secretariat can provide the e-learning courses on a CD-ROM. The working language for the training is English. A good command of this language is required for participating in the training programme.

Following completion of the on-line courses, trainees are required to take the on-line mandatory examinations. In exceptional cases, other arrangements for examinations could be made, provided that examinations take place under the supervision of the secretariat and that this does not require additional resources.

New review experts who successfully complete the requirements of the training programme and pass the mandatory examinations will be invited to participate in centralized or in-country reviews of national communications and/or biennial reports, working alongside experienced review experts. New review experts who do not pass an examination at the first attempt may retake the examination once only, provided that the expert has fulfilled all of the tasks assigned during the training in a timely manner and that the retake does not require the secretariat to incur additional costs.

General and cross-cutting aspects of the review of national communications and biennial reports

The course covers the reporting requirements and procedures for the general aspects of the review process of national communications and biennial reports under the Convention, and aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the reporting and review requirements and guidance to expert review teams on the process and steps for conducting reviews under the international assessment and review process. The course promotes consistency and fairness in the review process by providing technical guidance on the general review approaches and use of tools.

Target audience: New review experts and lead reviewers.

Type of course: On-line without instructors.

Examination requirements: New review experts and lead reviewers must pass the examination before participating in expert review teams. Examination is conducted on-line.

Technical review of targets and of policies and measures, their effects and their contribution to achieving those targets

The course provides general guidance and approaches for the technical review of information on national policy context and GHG mitigation targets, policies and measures (PaMs), the effects of each individual PaM and their contribution to the reduction of GHG emissions.

Target audience: New review experts reviewing targets and PaMs, and lead reviewers.

Type of course: On-line without instructors.

Examination requirements: New review experts must pass the examination before participating in expert review teams. Lead reviewers are encouraged to take the examination. Examination is conducted on-line.

Technical review of GHG emissions, emission trends, projections and the total effect of policies and measures

The course provides general guidance and approaches for the technical review of information on GHG emissions, emission trends, projections and the total effect of PaMs.

Target audience: New review experts reviewing emission trends, projections and the total effect of PaMs, and lead reviewers.

Type of course: On-line without instructors.

Examination requirements: New review experts must pass the examination before participating in expert review teams. Lead reviewers are encouraged to take the examination. Examination is conducted on-line.

Technical review of the provision of financial support, technology transfer and capacity-building

The course provides general guidance and approaches for the technical review of information on provision of financial resources by Parties included in Annex II to the Convention to Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention, the promotion, facilitation and financing of the transfer of technology, and capacity-building, including creating national expertise on climate change related issues, strengthening institutions and developing educational, training and awareness-raising activities.

Target audience: New review experts reviewing the provision of financial support, technology transfer and capacity-building, and lead reviewers.

Type of course: On-line without instructors.

Examination requirements: New review experts must pass the examination before participating in expert review teams. Lead reviewers are encouraged to take the examination. Examination is conducted on-line.

For any questions please contact: MDA-training@unfccc.int

Roster of experts

The UNFCCC Roster of Experts contains information on experts, who are nominated by their respective Governments through the National Focal Points of the Parties under the UNFCCC, to contribute to a number of processes mandated by the COP, the CMP and the subsidiary bodies. These processes, among others, include the reviews of annual submissions of GHG inventories and supplementary information under the Kyoto Protocol submitted by Annex I Parties, reviews of national communications and biennial reports submitted by Annex I Parties.


 For any questions please contact: Roster@unfccc.int