COP29 and UNDP Azerbaijan developed a training workshop on building confidence and capacity in the preparation of BTRs

May 14, 2024

The COP29 Azerbaijan in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) developed a two-day training workshop to foster a conducive environment for building confidence and to encourage the timely submission of Biennial Transparency Reports (BTRs). 

At COP21 in 2015, Parties adopted the Paris Agreement and through it established an Enhanced Transparency Framework for action and support (ETF) designed to build trust and confidence that all countries are contributing to the global effort. 

For many developing country Parties, implementing the ETF requires a change of approach in how they respond to their international reporting obligations. What was often a project-based or ad-hoc preparation of National Communications (NCs) and Biennial Update Reports (BURs) will now require a holistic and sustained approach to meet the requirements defined for the submission of Biennial Transparency Reports (BTR), representing the first progress report on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. 

With a view to contributing to on-going efforts of developing country Parties to prepare and finalize their BTR and achieve universal participation in the ETF, the incoming COP29 Presidency, with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat and in collaboration with other UN agencies and partners, organized a training workshop from 13 to 14 May 2024 in Baku in hybrid format. 

The workshop is one of the first major activities under the banner of the #Together4Transparency, which unites several groups of stakeholders committed to joining forces in preparation for ETF, in particular the submission of BTRs this year, recognizing that all actors can play a role in ensuring the success of the Paris Agreement.

The training workshop organized by the COP29 Presidency, UNDP, and UNFCCC with participation of local and international experts seeks to contribute to capacity building by familiarizing participants with relevant tools and techniques for preparation of BTRs. 

Media contact 

Jeyhun Alakbarov, UNDP Azerbaijan, +994 77 201 04 40,