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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.

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Pocket Guide to the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement was adopted on 12 December 2015, at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. This Guide summarizes its key provisions. It is meant as a companion for government and non-government participants in the negotiations under the Ad Hoc Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), and also for national-level stakeholders who wish to understand what the Paris Agreement means for national-level implementation.

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From Contribution Framework to Ambition Mechanism

This ecbi Policy Brief by Benito Müller, based on OCP/ecbi Discussion Note with contributions by Harro van Asselt, Cristina Carreiras, and Kaveh Guilanpour, looks at how to enhance mitigation ambition under the Paris Agreement.

At the heart of the Paris Outcome is a framework of five-year cycles for communicating, reviewing and updating Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – here collectively referred to as the “Paris Contribution Framework” – involves processes of:

-Communicating/updating of NDCs,
-Synthesis Reports of communicated or updated NDCs, and
-Global Stocktakes.

The Brief analyses these processes and how they relate to each other. The communication and updating components of the Framework are divided into a five-year time frame and a ten-year time frame track with a wide range of implementing options...

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Personal Reflections by Bo Kjellen on the Paris Agreement

The outcome of the 2016 Paris Conference on climate change must be seen in the context of the long-haul effort over 25 years, starting with the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

Bo Kjellen was chief negotiator for the Swedish Ministry of Environment from 1990 and head of the Swedish delegation through the preparations for the Rio Conference, the Conference itself, and to the UNFCCC negotiations thereafter, until October 2001. As an inside observer of the climate negotiations from the beginning, he offers his observations on the significance of the Paris Agreement in the light of history, and on possible outcomes in coming decades.

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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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Latest Publications
From Contribution Framework to Ambition Mechanism: May 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).
 
"The ecbi Finance Circle and Transitional Committee meetings were very useful for participants to exchange their views and enhance the understanding of each others' position."
Jinkang Wu, Deputy Director General, Finance Dept, China