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Join ICAT at the June UN Climate Meetings (SB60)!

31 May 2024

SB60 will be held from 3 to 13 June 2024 at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB). Climate delegates from around the world, experts and interested stakeholders from the public and private sector will discuss ways to accelerate global climate change efforts.

Transparency is at the heart of the Paris Agreement for a reason: It is central to effective climate action. The first biennial transparency reports (BTRs) are due by the end of 2024 and the next nationally determined contributions (NDCs) by February 2025. It is crucial to realize the synergy between the two, and maximize the resulting benefits. SB60 provides a platform to champion transparency, highlight achievements, and exchange experiences and best practices. This way, countries can accelerate national efforts toward effective climate action and prepare for the landmark moments of the first BTRs and updated NDCs.

ICAT is hosting or contributing to a number of events and activities at SB60 aimed at supporting transparency efforts. If you have questions about any of the events featured below, please get in touch with the ICAT Secretariat.

Cuba/UNOPS official side-event: Using Data to Assess and Improve Climate Policies 

Date: Thursday 13 June 

Time: 10:15-11:30

Location: WCCB, Room Berlin

Robust transparency mechanisms and quality climate data can enable the design and implementation of effective climate change policies. Credible and robust data facilitates evidence-based decision-making across all sectors, including energy, agriculture, and transport. For countries, transparency frameworks can help in setting ambitious yet attainable climate objectives and tracking the implementation of measurable policies.

The event will explore how developing countries are using data to assess impact, improve, and track the implementation of climate policies, drawing on global lessons learned and the methodological support available. Case studies in energy, agriculture and transport will showcase examples of impactful use of data and assessments made for evidence-based climate policies.

Speakers will include government officials and national experts from different developing countries and counterparts from the ICAT Secretariat. 

The event is organized under the banner of #Together4Transparency.

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ICAT Roundtable on BTR Preparation and NDC Update (by invitation only)

Date: Monday 3 June 

Time: 14:00-15:30

Location: Langer Eugen Building, Room LE1916, 19 Floor, UN Campus Bonn 

The event aims to identify transparency support needs of ICAT countries related to preparing their first BTRs and for updating their NDCs. This informal gathering will bring together governmental experts from ICAT countries and implementing partners for an exchange on the process for preparation of the BTRs. It will also cover the topic of preparing the NDC update, using the information gathered for the BTR about progress in NDC implementation. Experience should encompass positive areas of progress and challenges encountered. As a follow-up, countries will be invited to raise specific requests for additional ICAT support to assist with immediate needs identified during the exchange.

Event by invitation only. If you have been invited, please register following the instructions in the invitation email.

UNFCCC event: In-person workshop on support available to developing country Parties for preparing their BTRs and enhancing sustainable institutional capacity

Date: Tuesday 4 June 

Time: 15:00-18:00

Location: AAH Upper Conference Room, UN Campus

Developing countries, particularly the least developed countries and small island developing States face important challenges when it comes to the implementation of the Paris Agreement’s enhanced transparency framework and submission of BTRs. This in-person workshop organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat is designed to help developing countries prepare for the submission of their first BTRs under the Paris Agreement. It will cover resources available to these countries to create sustainable systems for reporting and meeting transparency requirements. The workshop is open to all SB 60 participants and is targeted at experts involved in transparency reporting within developing countries. ICAT Secretariat representatives are participating in the workshop as facilitators.

For more information and registration, please visit the UNFCCC website.

UNEP-CCC event: Technical Exchange Focusing on Institutional Arrangements Related to Transparency in Loss and Damage (by invitation only)

Date: Tuesday 4 June 

Time: 15:00-18:00

Location: Marriott Hotel, Room Wasserwerk 

The impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events and slow-onset events, have increasingly highlighted the need for effective mechanisms to address loss and damage. The Paris Agreement and subsequent climate negotiations have recognized the importance of transparency in reporting and addressing loss and damage. However, operationalizing transparency mechanisms, particularly in Non-Annex I countries, presents significant challenges due to varying capacities, resources, and institutional arrangements. This technical exchange meeting aims to bring together country focal points from Non-Annex I countries to discuss and share experiences, challenges, and best practices in enhancing transparency in institutional arrangements related to loss and damage. The technical exchange will focus on understanding the current state of institutional arrangements, identifying gaps, and exploring opportunities for capacity building and international cooperation. ICAT is participating in the event with a presentation on the perspectives and support for transparency for loss and damage.

Event by invitation only. If you have been invited, please register following the instructions in the invitation email.

UNFCCC event: Tracking the journey of Just Transition Strategies and Policies

Date: Friday 7 June 

Time: 13:15—14:30

Location: WCCB, Room Berlin

The main objective of this event is to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices in the tracking and monitoring of just transition policies and strategies. Stakeholders from research institutes, the private sector, government bodies, and international organizations will provide insights on this topic, through their experience and work. Stakeholders will share, among others, tools and methodologies that can be used to measure impacts, indicators that can be used to monitor the progress, and approaches or methods that have been used to monitor the impacts of just transition policies. While a just transition is recognized as necessary for a sustainable future, there have been very limited efforts for tracking or measuring their impacts. This event will seek to be a call-to-action to encourage countries to set up monitoring frameworks to track their just transition strategies, to ensure the intended impacts of social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity, are achieved. This event is also intended to encourage countries to report their progress in achieving a just transition in their NDC 3.0 and LT-LEDS. ICAT is participating in the event’s panel discussion on tracking the impacts of just transition policies.

ICAT Partner Reception (by invitation only)

Date: Friday 7 June 

Time: 18:00-20:00

Location: Langer Eugen Building, 29 Floor, UN Campus Bonn 

The ICAT Partner Reception is bringing together members of the ICAT Community in a social event to celebrate achievements, and connect on what’s coming up ahead in our ongoing efforts to strengthen climate transparency across the world. Guests can expect a first look at ICAT’s new Transformational Change Toolkit, ahead of its official launch later in June.

Event by invitation only. If you have been invited, please confirm your attendance following the instructions in the invitation email.

Bilateral meetings with ICAT partners

Across the two weeks of the SB 60, the ICAT Secretariat will meet with representatives of its partner countries and other partners in person to discuss the progress of ongoing ICAT activities and preparation of new projects and collaboration. ICAT is happy to meet with any other partners, representatives of governments, climate change organizations, members of the press and the media and other interested stakeholders. Please contact us if you want to schedule a meeting with the ICAT Secretariat. 

Join ICAT at the June UN Climate Meetings (SB60)!

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