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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.

News
A Dynamic Contribution Cycle: Sequencing contributions in the 2015 PARIS Agreement

In their Scenario Note on the sixth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), the ADP Co-chairs emphasized that “it is essential to use the October session to make significant progress in clarifying and advancing the content of the 2015 agreement, to build bridges and to work together on outstanding issues. In particular, it will be important in the October session, to further clarify and flesh out the operational aspects of the agreement. Key challenges that will need focussed attention in our work include: deepening the understanding on the longer-term cycle of contributions/ commitments, including its periodicity (length) and the functions of the steps proposed, such as any periodical consideration or assessment and review”.
This ecbi/OCP Concept Note by Benito Müller, Xolisa J...

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Green Climate Fund takes giant leap for multilateral finance

On Monday 13 October, the ecbi GCFB Caucus convened a discussion meeting on Enhanced Direct Access for Members and Alternates attending the eighth meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board in Bridgetown, Barbados. The discussion was kicked off by a presentation of a recent ecbi Policy Brief on the topic, representing the latest findings in a multi-year research effort (as recorded at www.oxfordclimatepolicy.org/rfm).

The GCF Board took a giant leap for international climate finance by initiating a Pilot Phase for Enhanced Direct Access. Under this innovative access modality, developing countries are given the option not just to endorse but to approve activities for GCF funding. For more on the significance of this decision, see the latest OCP blog.

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China announces South-South Cooperation Fund on Climate Change

At the recent Climate Summit in New York, the Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli announced that "China will work hard to promote South-South cooperation on climate change. I wish to announce here that starting from next year, China will double its annual financial support for the establishment of the South-South Cooperation Fund on Climate Change."

See below two ecbi publications analysing how such a fund could be operationalised:

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2014 Oxford Fellowship and Seminar

The 2014 ecbi Oxford Seminar took place on 28 and 29 August 2014 in the University of Oxford Examination Schools. The ecbi celebrated its tenth anniversary during the Seminar.

A three-day Fellowship Colloquium took place before the Seminar, from 25-27 August, in Merton College, Oxford. The 15 senior negotiators from developing countries who participated in the Fellowship Colloquium were joined by 18 senior negotiators from Europe during the Oxford Seminar. The discussions focused on the general architecture of the 2015 Paris Agreement, mitigation, adaptation and finance.During the Fellowship, developing country negotiators also came up with a "contribution cycle" for the 2015 Paris agreement, which was discussed with European colleagues during the Seminar. An agreement on these issues will be a keystone in Paris Agreement architecture.

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Oxford - home of the ecbi project
 
Latest Publications
A Dynamic Contribution Cycle: October 2014  (525 kb).
Oxford Seminar Report 2014: September 2014  (1024 kb).
ecbi Phase IV Proposal: June 2014  (988 kb).
ecbi Phase IV Proposal: May 2014  (1024 kb).
Reflections on the Berlin Mandate: May 2014  (152 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