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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.

Head of ecbi Programme named among top 15 female climate champions

We are extremely pleased to be able to congratulate Dr Achala Abeysinghe (IIED), the Head of the ecbi Training and Support Programme, for having been listed with Christiana Figueres and Mary Robinson as one of the top 15 female climate champions in the world in a recent publication by Professor Maria Ivanova, Director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General. Her commendation reads as follows:

"Most of the least developed, or poorest, countries have been empowered to negotiate by Achala Abeysinghe, the legal and technical adviser to the chair of the least developed countries in the UN. A Sri Lanka national employed by the policy group International Institute for Environment and Development, she has made it her mission to augment the capacity of national delegations to understand the issues, stand up, and defend their rights...

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On the Virtues of Strategic Divisions of Labour: Some thoughts on strategies for the Green Climate Fund and the Financial Mechanism of the Paris Agreement

This new blog and submission to the GCF Board by Benito Müller argues that it is imperative that the recently launched GCF strategic planning process focus not only on strategic objectives and the like, but also on institutional and governance architecture, and in particular on enhancing complementarity, effectiveness, and efficiency through a division of labour between the GCF as wholesale agent, and other funding entities as specialized retailers, be it in-country (preferably) through Enhanced Direct Access, or through designated international funds, in particular those that will be serving the financial mechanism of the new Paris Agreement.

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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...

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Oxford - home of the ecbi project
Latest Publications
Paris Replenishment Cycle: November 2015  (289 kb).
Procedural Arrangements for the Paris Replenishment Cycle: November 2015  (289 kb).
Strategic Divisions of Labour: November 2015  (200 kb).
Oxford Seminar Report 2015: October 2015  (1224 kb).
A Paris Replenishment Cycle for Contributions to the UNFCCC Financial Mechanism: October 2015  (150 kb).
"I see the continued value of the ecbi events as fora to build capacity, as fora to exchange views, to be candid and to genuinely search for solutions but more importantly as fora to build trust and engender friendship among the negotiators."
Ambassador Spencer Thomas, Grenada