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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.

2016 Oxford Fellowship and Seminar

The 2016 ecbi Seminar took place in the Oxford Union on 1-2 September 2016, following the Fellows Colloquium from 29-31 August 2016. It was attended by 19 participants from developing countries, and 16 participants from Europe.

Representatives of the current and future presidency of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including H.E. Amb. Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador for the Multilateral Negotiations for COP 22 in Marrakech in November 2016, participated in the Seminar.

Amb. Mekouar noted in his address that the meeting was an opportunity to “have frank and honest conversations on the optimal, most ambitious way to operationalise the Paris Agreement”. "When it comes to the mechanics of the operationalization of the Paris Agreement, the design of the rule book, the steel that will strengthen the structure of the Paris Agreement, it is very important that we get off to a good start in Marrakech,” Amb. Mekouar said.

The seminar included sessions on six elements of the 2015 Paris Agreement, including: the sequencing of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); the global stocktake: transparency of action and support: finance; market-based approaches; and entry into force.

Participants included chief negotiators from several developing and European countries; the Chairs of the LDC Group, African Group of Negotiators and of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA); members of the Green Climate Fund Board; and representatives from the European Commission.

• Ambassador Mekouar's address
• Documents from the Fellowship
• Documents from the Oxford Seminar
2016 ecbi Regional Training Workshop for Francophone Africa

The 2016 ecbi Training and Support Programme Workshop for Francophone Africa took place on 15 and 16 June 2016 in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop, organised in collaboration with ecbi’s regional partner Energie Environnement Développement (ENDA), was attended by over 30 negotiators from the region.

• Workshop report
Bonn Seminar 2016
Bonn Rathaus

The 2016 ecbi Bonn Seminar took place on 22 May 2016 in the Altes Rathaus, Bonn. It was attended by 34 participants, who discussed climate finance post-Paris, the ambition mechanism included in the Paris Agreement, and the Agreement’s review mechanisms.

• Final Report
Oxford - home of the ecbi project
Latest Publications
From Contribution Framework to Ambition Mechanism: April 2016  (680 kb).
A Dynamic Ambition Mechanism for the Paris Agreement: March 2016  (916 kb).
Enhanced Direct Access: A Brief History (2009-15): December 2015  (1200 kb).
Letter of Appreciation for Support at COP 21: December 2015  (455 kb).
Introduction to International Climate Finance: November 2015  (2600 kb).
"ecbi's initiatives to organize informal meetings for members of the Transitional Committee have certainly contributed to the constructive spirit of the [committee's] work in 2011. These efforts are, in my view, extremely useful."
Ambassador Jan Cedergren, Ministry of Environment, Sweden