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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.

2016 ecbi Regional Workshop for South and Southeast Asia

A Regional Workshop for South and Southeast Asia was organized on 14 & 15 April 2016. It was attended by 16 representatives of governments from the region. Many of the participants had recently been assigned to responsibilities related to climate change in their respective government departments. The workshop familiarized them with the history and politics of climate change, and key elements of the recently negotiated Paris Agreement. It also included training in practical negotiating skills.

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Bangladeshi Enhanced Direct Access to the Green Climate Fund

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 13 April 2016. Over 20 key stakeholders in climate finance from Bangladesh attended this ecbi dinner discussion hosted by ecbi member International Centre for Climate Change and Development. Participants includedMr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh, and member of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board; the Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary from the Economic Relations Division (ERD) of the Ministry of Finance – the National Designated Authority (NDA) for Bangladesh; and private and public sector representatives.

As guest speaker, Anju Sharma (Head of ecbi Publications and Policy analysis Unit) presented the state of affairs with regards to the GCF’s Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) modality. A copy of her presentation is attached...

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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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Oxford - home of the ecbi project
Latest Publications
From Contribution Framework to Ambition Mechanism: April 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 programme is an excellent way of building confidence between developing countries and Europe, with a view to promote progress in the international negotiations on climate change."
Anna Lindstedt, Climate Change Ambassador, Sweden