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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.

Consultation with African negotiators in Geneva

On 11 February, in the marginss of the ADP Geneva session, ecbi Executive Committee members met senior members of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN), including the AGN chair Nagmeldin Elhassan, for a consultation how the ecbi could support AGN members in 2015. It was concluded that, funding permitting, the ecbi should in particular renew its two annual regional training workshops for Francophone and Anglophone AGN members.

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The Future of the Adaptation Funding and the Adaptation Fund

What is the future of adaptation financing under a new global climate agreement and beyond the UNFCCC? What role will an actor such as the Kyoto Protocol Adaptation Fund, which strengthened country ownership by pioneering direct access, play as a result of ongoing efforts to rationalize the global climate finance architecture with the full operationalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as a new major player?

These are some of the questions that were put to the participants of a discussion meeting convened by the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America and the European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) on 7 December 2014 (during UN Climate Conference in Lima/Peru). The conversation was kicked off with a short presentation by Benito Mueller on the future of the Adaptation Fund (see below)...

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Pre-COP Training Workshop for LDC negotiators at COP20 in Peru

The ecbi Training and Support Programme and IIED organised a Pre-COP Training Workshop for LDC negotiators at the Los Girasoles Hotel in Lima, Peru, on 30 November 2014, in advance of the 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The full-day Workshop, attended by over 20 LDC negotiators who are new to the climate negotiations, sought to provide participants with a roadmap to navigate the complex, but crucial, two weeks of the COP. It included presentations on the science and history of the climate negotiations; history of the LDC Group; COP terminology and processes; and an item-by-item exploration of issues on the COP20 agenda that are likely to be of key importance to the LDC Group.

Addressing the opening session, Krishna Chandra Paudel, Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Nepal, and current Chair of the LDC Group, noted the important role of the ecbi in capacity building for LDC negotiators...

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UN climate negotiators learn to trust at Oxford summer camp

Envoys go back to boarding school in effort to build understanding ahead of proposed 2015 climate deal.

Interview by Sophie Yeo (RTCC) with Benito Müller (Director ecbi) on the ecbi Oxford Fellowships and Seminars

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Oxford - home of the ecbi project
Latest Publications
A Dynamic Contribution Cycle: October 2014  (525 kb).
Oxford Seminar Report 2014: September 2014  (1024 kb).
ecbi Phase IV Proposal: June 2014  (988 kb).
ecbi Phase IV Proposal: May 2014  (1024 kb).
Reflections on the Berlin Mandate: May 2014  (152 kb).
"The ecbi allowed us to explore the ramifications of positions without reverting to the political positioning which formal negotiations tend to confine us to."
Yvan Biot, Alternate Member (UK)of the Adaptation Fund Board