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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.

A PARIS REPLENISHMENT CYCLE for Contributions to the UNFCCC Financial Mechanism

By Benito Müller, and Xolisa J. Ngwadla (South Africa) with Carlos Fuller (Belize), Sun Guoshun (China), Gebru Jember (Ethiopia), Thinley Namgyel (Nepal), Selam Kidane (Ethiopia), Kishan Kumarsingh (Trinidad and Tobago), Andrés Pirazzoli (Chile), Tosi Mpanu Mpanu (DRC), El Hadji Mbaye Diagne (Senegal), Giza Gaspar Martins (Angola), Amjad Abdulla (Maldives), Nagmeldin G. Elhassan (Sudan)

Developed country climate finance is generally regarded as quid pro quo for developing country mitigation action, and vice versa. In the Copenhagen Accord, for example, developed countries commit themselves to a goal of mobilizing jointly USD 100 billion dollars a year by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries … in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation...

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2015 Oxford Fellowship and Seminar

The eleventh ecbi Oxford Seminar was held on 10 & 11 September 2015 at Trinity College and the Examination Schools in Oxford, UK. A three-day Fellowship Colloquium took place before the Seminar, from 7-9 September, in Merton College. The Colloquium was attended by 16 Fellows (senior negotiators from developing countries, including the chairs of the LDC Group, the African Group and AOSIS), who were joined by 10 negotiators from Europe for the Oxford Seminar.

On the first day of the Seminar, in Trinity College, participants addressed legal issues and process; adaptation and loss and damage; and mitigation and transparency of action. On the second day, in the Examination Schools, they discussed climate finance; time frames and cycles; and the process/way forward.

Participants also celebrated the launch of the Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) pilot by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at a dinner on 10 September at Blenheim Palace, where a statement by Ambassador Jan Cedergren, GCF Board Member from Sweden, was read out Ambassador Bo Kjellén, ecbi Advisory Committee co-chair...

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New Delhi Consultation on Consolidation and Devolution of Climate Finance in India

An informal roundtable consultation with senior government officials on Consolidation and Devolution of Climate Finance in India took place at the India International Centre, New Delhi, India, on 7 August 2015. The consultation was organised by Oxford Climate Policy and the Indian Keystone Foundation, sponsored by BothEnds and ecbi, and co-facilitated by Rita Sharma, former Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development, and Prodipto Ghosh, former Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

Among the 23 participants were representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture; of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; of Finance; of Health and Family Welfare; of Rural Development; and of Water Resources. The Deputy Managing Director of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), and the Chief General Manager of the Small Industries Development Bank (SIDBI), two of the designated national implementing entities for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and the Indian member of the GCF Private Sector Advisory Group, also participated...

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Launch of the GCF Enhanced Direct Access Pilot Phase

The first, and possibly most momentous decision to be adopted on the final day of the tenth Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting (Songdo, 9 July 2015) was the launch of a five year pilot phase on enhanced direct access (EDA Pilot). It was the crowning moment in the (sometimes arduous) three-year process that began with the inclusion of a mandate in the GCF Governing Instrument for the GCF Board to consider additional modalities that further enhance direct access, including through funding entities with a view to enhancing country ownership of projects and programmes.

The EDA Pilot will initially aim to provide up to US$ 200 million for at least ten pilots, including at least four pilots to be implemented in Small Island Developing States, the least developed countries and African States...

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Oxford - home of the ecbi project
Latest Publications
A Paris Replenishment Cycle for Contributions to the UNFCCC Financial Mechanism: October 2015  (150 kb).
Fellows' Views on Timeframes and Cycles: September 2015  (176 kb).
Adaptation in the Paris Agreement: September 2015  (140 kb).
ecbi Fellows' expectations for mitigation section: September 2015  (110 kb).
ecbi Fellows' views and questions on Adaptation: September 2015  (87 kb).
"As well as the more formal debate, the Oxford Seminar provided the opportunity for informal discussions allowing fellows and delegates to really understand each other."
Paul Watkinson, Lead Negotiator for France