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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.

Enhanced Direct Access: A Brief History (2009-15)

by Laurel Murray, with Benito Müller and Luis Gomez-Echeverri

This brief history of Enhanced Direct Access traces the idea back to a number of historic precursors, such as the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW under the Marshall Plan, the World Bank Kecamatan Development Program in Indonesia, and the Brazilian Amazon Fund. It then follows how the idea evolved under the Bali Action Plan, the Transitional committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and finally, the GCF Board, culminating in the establishment of a GCF EDA Pilot Phase.

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Letter of Appreciation for Support at COP 21

Dear Benito,

As developing country Co-chair of the ecbi Advisory Committee and as Head of the Gambian delegation at COP 21 it gives me great pleasure to send you this letter of appreciation for the valuable support we and the whole LDC Group received from OCP, IIED and LRI, the three ecbi Lead Members, during and in the run up to COP 21 which just ended with the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement.

The IIED and LRI support team, in general, and Achala Abeysinghe through her indefatigable work as legal advisor of the Chair, in particular, have been an invaluable asset to LDC Group during the negotiations.

Achala, as Head of the ecbi Training and Support Programme, and her team are also to be commended for conducting a very successful pre-COP training workshop for junior LDC negotiators...

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Quebec announces support for the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries Fund

OCP and the ecbi warmly welcome today’s announcement by M. Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec, to contribute six million Canadian dollars to the UN Least Developed Countries Fund. As the first significant contribution by a sub-national government to a multilateral climate fund, this is a ground-breaking announcement with a historic potential that could change the paradigm of multilateral finance.

We have been very happy to support the idea of sub-national support for climate action in the poorest and most vulnerable countries through multilateral channels ever since it was launched in the Climate Strategies Policy Brief on Finance for the Paris Climate Compact: The role of earmarked (sub-) national contributions (June 2015), itself based on an earlier OCP/ecbi Think Piece entitled The Paris Predictability Problem: What to do about climate finance for the 2020 climate agreement? (April 2015)...

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Pre-COP Training Workshop for LDC negotiators at COP21 in Paris

The ecbi Training and Support Programme and IIED organised a Pre-COP Training Workshop for LDC negotiators in Paris, France on 28 November 2015 in advance of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Attended by 20 LDC negotiators new to the climate negotiations, the full-day workshop sought to provide participants with an overview of the upcoming COP as well as background regarding issues of importance to the LDC Group. It included presentations on the Paris agendas and the key thematic issues of the negotiations including: adaptation, loss and damage, capacity building, mitigation, transparency, finance and legal issues.

The LDC Group Chair, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola opened the workshop with an introduction to the LDC Group and its key priorities.

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Latest Publications
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).
Introduction to the Paris Agendas: November 2015  (517 kb).
Legal Issues in the Paris Agreement: November 2015  (236 kb).
"The informal atmosphere during the seminar allowed for a frank exchange of views, which contributed to a better mutual understanding of participants positions. No doubt this will be useful to make further progress in the formal negotiations"
Geert Fremout, FPS Health Food Chain Safety & Env, Belgium