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ecbi - The European Capacity Building Initiative

About ecbi

ecbi is an initiative for sustained capacity building in support of international climate change negotiations. The ecbi aims to promote a more level playing field between government delegations to the international climate change negotiations, and to facilitate mutual understanding and trust - both between European and developing countries and among the developing countries.

Bonn Seminar 2017

The 2017 ecbi Bonn Seminar took place on 14 May 2017, at La Redoute, Bonn. It was attended by 55 negotiators from developed and developing countries, including heads of key national and regional delegations; the Chairs of the Least Developed Country (LDC) group, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI); Board members of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Adaptation Fund; and Council Members of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Participants discussed climate finance and the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue.

ecbi Annual Report 2016/2017

With the Training and Support Programme fully back on track with four training workshops, four bursaries, and support to negotiators; six seminars organised by the Fellowship Programme; and numerous policy briefs and background papers produced by the Publications and Policy Analysis Unit, 2016-2017 has been a very busy year for ecbi.

• Annual Report (pdf)
Oxford Climate & Agriculture Seminar

On 1-2 May 2017, a number of UNFCCC Agriculture Negotiators and resource persons from technical organizations came together at Wolfson College, Oxford for an informal exchange of views around the consideration of issues relating to agriculture by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the UNFCCC. The informal arrangement of the meeting provided a space allowing to enhance the understanding of each other’s views through open discussions of issues of interest to the participants.
The exchange of views was facilitated by means of guiding questions including: What could be major concerns affecting the progress in the SBSTA consideration of issues relating to agriculture? In view of moderate progress achieved during the five-year consideration of issues relating to agriculture as a sectoral approach under the SBSTA, should SBSTA continue its consideration of this matter? What are advantages and disadvantages of the continuation of consideration of issues relating to agriculture as sectoral approach under the SBSTA? What would be specific features of agriculture that make it different from other sectors identified in climate negotiations? What do we mean when we talk about mitigation in agriculture? What is the difference (if any) between mitigation in agriculture and mitigation in other sectors? What are the potential areas for synergies among various processes under the Convention that might facilitate the consideration of issues relating to agriculture as sectoral approach under the SBSTA?
All participants engaged in an open dialogue, touching on the broad range of issues related to the above questions, resulting in an enhanced understanding of participants’ respective viewpoints.

On Saturday 13 May, the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB), Volume 12 Number 696, reported from the 46 session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) on the negotiations related to issues on agriculture:

"All parties welcomed the positive progress made in informal informals on agriculture, indicating their optimism about reaching agreement on substantive conclusions at this session and on a COP 23 decision. Informal informals will continue. … Happy delegates were seen coming out of the negotiations on agriculture …, commenting on the positive spirit and constructive discussions."

SBSTA Chair Mr Carlos Fuller, after the Session, wrote:
'Dear Benito, as you may be aware, SBSTA finally delivered a Conclusion on Agriculture at its 46th Session. While it was generally factual and procedural, the Informal Note appended to it contained very useful information that will inform the next sessions. We had never been able to achieve that before. This issue requires a lot of time and space and different formats to enable the Parties to explore the various aspects of agriculture. In this regard I believe that the Seminar on Agriculture and Climate Change that you organized and facilitated in Oxford earlier in the month brought the Parties closer together and contributed to the results. I am convinced that more of these types of events will further a common understanding that will generate tangible results in the near future. Keep up the good work. Sincerely yours, Carlos'

• Earth Negotiations Bulletin document
• Seminar Note (pdf)
Oxford - home of the ecbi project
Latest Publications
ecbi Annual Report 2016/2017: May 2017  (899 kb).
Letter of Appreciation, Adaptation Fund Board : March 2017  (1244 kb).
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”: March 2017  (2204 kb).
Time to Decide!: January 2017  (8860 kb).
Pre-COP Training workshop report: November 2016  (301 kb).
"What is missing in the climate change negotiations are open-minded dialogue, trust, and understanding. ecbi seminars are probably the best way to help overcome this by creating a great, creative and friendly atmosphere for discussion."
Andrej Kranjc, Lead Negotiator for Slovenia