Partnership Assembly Meeting (PA15): Hanoi

PA15 will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo Source: Tran Quoc Pagoda
The 15th Meeting of the Partnership Assembly (PA15) was hosted by the government of Vietnam October 18–20, 2016, in Hanoi. PA15 was proceeded by a workshop and a high-level public event on October 17th and 18th, respectively.
Date: 
Oct 18 - 20, 2016
Venue: 
Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 1: October 18, 2016
15:00 Registration
1. Opening and Introduction
15:30
Co-chair: Malin Ahlberg, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Co-chair: Olga Yukhymchuk, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ukraine
Nguyen Van Tue, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam
Madhu Raghunath, Vietnam World Bank Office
John Roome, Senior Director, World Bank Group
15:45
Adrien de Bassompierre, PMR Secretariat
Update and Progress Report since PA14
2. Information Sharing
Participants and Observers shared relevant policy developments through PowerPoint presentations or oral briefings.
16:00
Juan Pedro Searle, Ministry of Energy, Chile
Liu Wenbo, PMR Project, China
China: Updates on Developments of China’s National ETS
Victor Hugo Escalona Gomez, Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico
Mexico: Policy Update on Carbon Pricing
Luong Quang Huy, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam
Maria Oucible, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Morocco
Morocco: Perspective for the COP22
Nicolas Muller, Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme, UNFCCC Secretariat
UNFCCC: Update on Negotiations and Progress towards COP22
Venkata Ramana Putti, World Bank
World Bank: Capacity Building Initiative for Aviation Sector
17:30 Wrap up
18:00 Reception
End of Day 1
Day 2: October 19, 2016
3. Presentation of EoI and Organizing Framework: Argentina
Argentina expressed interest in joining the PMR and shared an OF at PA15 for consideration by the PA. Argentina seek to be accepted as an Implementing Country Participant and, at the same time, seek allocation of PMR Preparation Funding. Decision on accepting Argentina as Implementing Country Participant and allocation of funding is under agenda item 10.
9:00
Alvaro Zopatti, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina
Argentina: Organizing Framework for Scoping of PMR activities
10:00 Break
4. Brainstorming Session on the Future of the PMR
The PMR Secretariat recently adopted a proposal for the use of additional funds under the PMR (PMR Note PA14-2016-1). The proposal outlines the scope, criteria, and process for the use of remaining funds under the PMR to deepen and broaden PMR support until the end of its first phase in 2020. Now, that the process is established and ready for implementation and, more importantly, that the Paris Agreement has been reached, the PMR Secretariat proposed to initiate a discussion on the long-term future of the PMR (i.e., after the end of its first phase), in order to seek initial feedback from the Participants. A presentation on the subject was circulated in advance to the Participants to help prepare for the discussion.
10:30
Maja Murisic and Adrien de Bassompierre, PMR Secretariat
Reflections on the possible future of the PMR
12:30 Lunch
5. PMR Operations Monitoring System: Update on Progress and Other Operational Matters
During this session, the PMR Secretariat presented a brief progress report on overall PMR country activities, and representatives from the Implemeting Country Participants provided updates on the status of their PMR project during an interactive session called the PMR Exchange Forum. In particular, representatives from the countries that prepared their annual Project Implementation Status Reports ahead of PA15 as part of the Operations Monitoring System (i.e. Brazil, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Ukraine) will be available at designated “country tables” to respond to questions and provide information on the progress and the lessons learned from the early implementation of their MRP activities. Morocco, which had prepared an ISR ahead of PA14 but had not had the opportunity to present it in Lima, will also be available to do the same. Following the PMR Exchange Forum, designated representatives will report back the key outcomes of each “country table” discussion to the PA. Finally, several other operational matters related to PMR activities in other countries will be discussed at the conclusion of the session.
14:00
Adrien de Bassompierre, PMR Secretariat
Progress Report on Country Programs and Introduction to the PMR Exchange Forum
PMR Exchange Forum
Brazil: Project Implementation Status Report
        Kazakhstan: Project Implementation Status Report
Thailand: Project Implementation Status Report
Morocco: Project Implementation Status Report
Ukraine: Project Implementation Status Report
17:00 Wrap up
End of Day 2
Day 3: October 20, 2016
6. Presentation of Draft MRP: India
India has submitted the draft MRP, which was presented. Representatives from the PMR Expert Groups, who carried out the Expert Feedback Process, also presented observations and suggestions. Based on feedback received, India will revise its MRP and submit it for funding consideration at PA16.
9:00
A Duraisamy, Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, India
India: Draft MRP Presentation
India: Draft MRP
Felix Matthes, PMR Expert Group
India: Draft MRP Expert Presentation
10:30 Break
7. Technical and Policy Analysis Work Programs: Update
The Technical and Policy Analysis Work Programs support countries on issues that are common across many of them and where they can benefit from technical assistance provided in a comprehensive and programmatic manner. Under this agenda item, the PMR Secretariat presented a status update of the most recent activities under both programs and plans for work during the remainder of the fiscal year. The prsenters provided an overview of the latest technical notes.
11:00
Pauline Kennedy, Alexandrina Platonova-Oquab, and Pierre Guigon, PMR Secretariat
Status Update for the Technical Work Program
12:30 Lunch
14:00
Suphachol Suphachalasai, PMR Secretariat
Status Update for the Policy Analysis Work Program
9. Knowledge Sharing and Partnerships
Kristian Wilkening, ICAP Secretariat
ICAP: Update on Activities
James Vener, UNDP
15:00 UNDP: Update on Climate Change Mitigation Activities
Jose Andreu, World Bank Group
World Bank: Update on the Progress to Operationalize the Transformative Carbon Asset Facility
Paula Caballero, WRI
WRI: Update on NDC Partnership
10. Next Steps and Adoption of Decisions
16:00
Rhiana Fitts, PMR Secretariat
Next Steps and Upcoming Calendar of Events
Adoption of Decisions by Participants
o Confirmation of Argentina’s Participation as an Implementing Country Participant
 Resolution No. PA15/2016-1
PMR Cover Note for the report prepared by Koru Climate
Implications of the Paris Agreement for the PMR
16:30 Wrap up
End of PA15