UNFCCC Releases US’ Views on Annex I Parties’ National Communications Guidelines

9 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the US' submission on views from Parties on the elements of the work programme and on the timeline of proposed activities, as well as on key elements of the revision of guidelines for the review of the biennial reports from developed countries and national communications, including national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.17/Add.1). 

The submission is additional to the five submissions contained in document FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.17. The US highlights that the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) agreed to establish a work programme on the revision of the guidelines for the review of national communications (and therefore biennial reports), for developed country Parties. The US is of the view that one of the objectives for the work programme should be to: consolidate current guidance in COP decisions; include additional reporting requirements by Decisions 1/CP.16 and 2/CP.17; and integrate the review of biennial reports into the existing national communication review process.

The US further supports that the second objective of the work programme be: rationalize the review processes, including an evaluation of available resources to conduct not only GHG inventory and national communication review, but also additional reviews of biennial reports and technical analysis of biennial update reports from non-Annex I Parties. On next steps, the US suggests requesting the Secretariat to prepare a draft including existing Convention review guidelines as well as Parties' inputs. [Publication: US Submission]