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The Conference of the Parties (COP), at its seventeenth session, adopted the guidelines contained in decision 2/CP.17, annex III, for the preparation of
biennial update reports (BURs) from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (non-Annex I Parties).
These guidelines outline the objectives and scope of the information to be reported. Also by decision
2/CP.17, the COP decided that non-Annex I Parties, consistent with their capabilities and the level of
support provided for reporting, should submit their first BUR by December 2014, and that the least developed
country Parties and small island developing States may submit BURs at their discretion. It also decided
that non-Annex I Parties shall submit a BUR every two years, either as a summary of parts of their national
communication in the year in which the national communication is submitted or as a stand-alone update report.
Recognizing the important role of the CGE in facilitating technical advice and support for non-Annex I
Parties, the COP, by decision 18/CP.18, extended for a term of one year, the Consultative Group of Experts on
National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE). In that same decision,
the COP requested the CGE to develop at its first meeting in 2013, a work programme for 2013, taking into
account the current and future needs of Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention.
The CGE, in response to that request, prepared its work programme at the first meeting in 2013 and agreed to
focus on providing technical support to non-Annex I parties, in the preparation of their first biennial
update reports. The group recognized that the existing updated CGE training materials were relevant to the
BUR, but the group agreed to develop supplementary training materials in accordance with the BUR guidelines,
to address areas not adequately covered in the existing updated training materials, namely:
1. Institutional arrangements for the preparation of national communications and BURs on a continuous
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actions and their effects (1921 kB) , including associated methodologies and assumptions;
3. Constraints and gaps and related financial, technical and capacity needs, including a description of
the support needed and received and information on the level of support received to enable the preparation
and submission of BURs.
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To ensure that these training materials meet the requirements of non-Annex I Parties, the supplementary
training materials were subjected to an in-depth peer review at an expert workshop, organized
by the CGE, with the support of the secretariat. The useful feedback and recommendations enabled the group to
further improve and align the materials to the needs of non-Annex I Parties.
The revised materials were presented for the first time at a global training workshop
on the preparation of BURs, in Bonn, conducted by experts from the CGE. The objectives of the workshop were
to provide technical support to non-Annex I Parties on how to report information in their BURs, pursuant to
annex III to decision 2/CP.17, by using training materials developed by the CGE and to seek feedback on the
training materials, including its design and technical content, with a view to ensuring that these training
materials respond effectively, to the technical assistance needs of non-Annex I Parties.
The workshop participants raised issues that were clarified by the CGE and where appropriate, the
secretariat. They commended the CGE on developing the training materials on the preparation of BURs within
the short timespan available and also recognized that the newly developed training materials could
significantly facilitate non-Annex I Parties in the preparation and submission of their first BURs. They
further highlighted the need for periodic revision of the training materials and the conduct of regional
workshops, with a view to further enhancing the effectiveness and benefits of the training materials.
At its 10th meeting, held back to
back with this global workshop, the CGE took stock of the feedback and recommendations received from the
participants, on ways to address some of the key recommendations, which could possibly be implemented in the
remaining period of its term up to December 2013. In this regard, the training materials were further
improved to cover all elements identified as the objectives of the guidelines for the preparation of BURs in
decision 2/CP.17, annex III, as well as to provide additional guidance on templates, to report information on
cross cutting issues.
These materials are not intended to replace any of the methodologies or tools referred to or mentioned in its
various modules. For further detail and explanation, the reader is therefore always encouraged to go
back to the original documents or tools referred to.
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