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The facilitative sharing of views under the ICA process


The facilitative sharing of views (FSV) is one of the two steps defined under the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process for non-Annex I Parties.

The objective of the ICA process is to increase the transparency of mitigation actions and their effects, in a manner that is non-intrusive, non-punitive and respectful of the national sovereignty. The discussion on the appropriateness of domestic policies and measures is not part of the process. The process entails two steps:

  • Step 1: Technical analysis and
  • Step 2: Facilitative sharing of views.

The facilitative sharing of views is organized in the form of a workshop under the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI).

Workshops for the facilitative sharing of views (FSV)

As per adopted modalities and guidelines for the ICA, the SBI shall, at regular intervals, convene a workshop for the facilitative sharing of views, open to all Parties, for all non-Annex I Parties for which there is a biennial update report (BUR) and a final summary report (refer to pdf-icon Annex IV, para 6, of pdf-icon decision 2/CP.17, ).

The facilitative sharing of views among Parties will consist of a brief presentation by the Party or Parties concerned on the BUR, followed by oral questions and answers among Parties (refer to Annex IV , para 7, of decision 2/CP.17).

Parties are allowed to submit written questions in advance of the FSV workshop (refer to Annex IV, para 6, of decision 2/CP.17).

The working language for the question and answer process will be English.

Questions or requests for clarification can be addressed to the secretariat using the email address:

FSV Workshops calendar
 Meeting date  Location  SBI session  FSV workshop
 20 - 21 May 2016  Bonn, Germany  SBI 44 First workshop
 10 - 11 Nov 2016  Marrakech, Morocco  SBI 45 Second workshop
 15 May 2017  Bonn, Germany  SBI 46  Third workshop

Format, duration and other organizational matters

1. Chairing arrangement: The SBI Chair presides over the proceedings of the workshops. In the event, that the SBI Chair is not available, the Vice-Chair or the Rapporteur of the SBI may, on his behalf, preside over the workshop.

2. Time allocation: The workshops comprise 3-hour sessions.  Each session covers up to five Parties (in alphabetical order) and each Party will be allocated 35 minutes on average, as follows:

a. Opening – 1 minute each to introduce each Party;
b. Presentation – 15 minutes per Party on average to present their BUR;
c. Question and answer – 20 minutes per Party on average after each presentation.

In the event that the Party undergoing FSV receives no or very few questions, the total time allocated to that Party can be shortened. Upon completion of the question and answer session for one Party, the next Party is invited to begin its presentation.

3. Representation of Parties: Based on the anticipated nature of potential questions, it is expected that a representative, with competencies in both policy and technical issues, speaks on behalf of the Party.

4. Order of participation and placement of speakers and seating arrangements: The order of participation during the workshop is alphabetical. The Parties undergoing FSV are requested to make a presentation and address any questions from their respective Party’s seat on the floor.

5. Workshop participants: Following the practice of the SBI for similar events, the workshops are open to Parties and observers. However, only Parties can pose questions and seek clarification. The sessions are also webcasted and made publicly available on the secretariat’s website.

6. Output of the FSV: Records of the FSV, summarizing the presentation by a Party and corresponding questions and answers, are prepared, under the guidance of the SBI Chair, for each Party undergoing the FSV. This, together with the summary report, constitutes the final output of the ICA for each Party and is made available on the UNFCCC website:





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Upcoming workshops

Third FSV workshop at
SBI 46
The third workshop for the facilitative sharing of views will take place on 15 May 2017 at SBI 46 in Bonn, Germany
Biennial update reports and related UNFCCC documents

 * BUR submissions
 * Final summary reports
 * FSV records

Decisions and other relevant UNFCCC documents

Decision 2/CP.17 and pdf-icon Annex IV

pdf-icon Modalities and procedures for undertaking the technical analysis of BUR's (Annex of pdf-icon decision 20/CP.19)