Training for the technical analysis of Biennial Update Reports

Pursuant to decision 20/CP.19, paragraph 4, the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE), developed a training programme for the technical experts nominated to the UNFCCC roster of experts who, upon successful completion of this training, shall be eligible to be part of the team of technical experts, to undertake the technical analysis of submitted biennial update reports (BURS).

The primary objective of the training programme is to ensure that the experts nominated on the UNFCCC roster of experts are fully conversant with the relevant reporting requirements for developing country Parties, and the modalities and procedures for the international consultation and analysis, including the technical analysis of BURs from developing country Parties.

Upcoming trainings

Eighth round
Course launch:  3 September 2018
Assessment period:      16-19 October  2018
Re-take period:             to be announced



The registration for the 8th round of the training programme will open in August 2018. Should you be interested in participating, please contact the training and certification unit:

Upon successful registration for the training programme, the trainee will be provided with access to the training materials. The course offers an online discussion forum to facilitate interaction with the CGE/secretariat, to seek clarification or pose questions on topics covered in the materials.

The course is conducted as self-learning course hosted online on the UNFCCC Learning Management Platform. After a period of self-learning, proficiency assessments are offered. Upon successful completion of the course, experts will be issued with a certificate.

The proficiency assessment, consisting of a set of multiple choice questions and a few questions that require narrative answers, will be administered online. The threshold for passing the proficiency assessment is 60%. Those who are not able to meet the threshold set for passing the proficiency assessment, can retake the assessment in a provided retake period or in later rounds of the assessment sessions.

The training programme covers three clusters of training materials: (A) provisions on reporting information in the BURs and conducting technical analysis of BURs under the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process; (B) background materials covering methods and science on key themes addressed in BURs, and (C) provisions relevant to the technical analysis of a technical annex containing information on results-based actions relating to REDD-plus activities.

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