The “Hands-on training workshop on enhancing institutional arrangements and effective implementation of the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF)” has concluded after three days. Organised jointly by the Ministry of Climate Change, Environment and Energy, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency – Global Support Program (CBIT-GSP), 25 officials from line Ministries, and other experts and stakeholders who were involved the preparation of national reports under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement participated in the workshop held from 23rd to 25th January 2024. The facilitators included Mr. Pigme, Manager of the Transparency Division of the UNFCCC, Mr. Tibor Lindovsky, Programme Officer of the ETF Support Unit of the UNFCCC, and Ms. Khetsiwe Khumalo, Climate Transparency Advisor of United Nations Environment Programme Copenhagen Climate Centre (UNEP CCC).
The workshop focused on the transition to the ETF under the Paris Agreement, under which the Biennial Update Report (BUR) submitted by Maldives in 2019 is superseded by the Biennial Transparency Report (BTR) that the Maldives aims to submit by the end of 2024. Participants completed several training exercises geared towards deepening the understanding of the ETF, and the requirements of countries in submitting national reporting on climate action. Participants learnt about the national circumstances and the support needed and received by the Maldives, as well as previous experiences and lessons learnt based on Maldives’ First BUR and other documents. The components, feedback, and complimentary nature of the BTR to other ongoing reports as well as the necessary institutional arrangements to support the implementation of the ETF were also discussed. At the closing, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Ajwad Musthafa, highlighted the importance of such workshops to build institutional and national capacity of relevant stakeholders and the links to better quality reporting on climate action.