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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.

Finance for the Paris Climate Compact: The role of earmarked (sub-) national contributions

In December, negotiators will converge on Paris to forge a new international climate change agreement for 2020 and beyond. This policy brief is about one of the preconditions for a success at Paris: a breakthrough on climate finance, or, to be more precise, on how earmarked (sub-) national contributions to support developing countries could be part of the ‘Paris Climate Compact’ proposed in the recent report on Mobilizing Climate Finance commissioned by the French Presidency.

The finance breakthrough required for a Paris success will not come in the form of a new fund, or the adoption of a new global finance target/pathway. It may not even be part of the international climate negotiations. If anything, it may be that a significant number of developed country governments, national or sub-national decide to contribute to the Paris Climate Compact by adopting domestic instruments that enhance the predictability/automaticity of their support by earmarking of certain innovative domestic funding sources for the support of climate change efforts in particularly vulnerable developing countries...

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The Standing Committee on Finance meets the Adaptation Fund Board Chair and Vice-Chair

In December 2014 in Lima, Peru, the COP requested the Standing Committee on Finance in Decision 6/CP.20, paragraph 22 to consider issues related to possible future institutional linkages and relations between the Adaptation Fund (AF) and other institutions under the Convention.

In April 2015, the AF Board requested the its Chair and Vice-Chair ‘to initiate consultations with the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) and start a dialogue with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board, on potential linkages between the two funds and request the issue of complementarity between the two funds to be considered by the GCF Board at the earliest.’

To facilitate this dialogue, the ecbi organised a Seminar on the eve of the 10th SCF meeting at La Redoute in Bad Godesberg to discuss agenda item 8 on these linkages and relations...

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2015 Bonn Seminar

The 2015 ecbi Bonn Seminar took place at the Altes Rathaus in Bonn, Germany, on the afternoon of 7 June.

The Seminar was attended by 25 negotiators and representatives from developing countries and Europe. Discussions were held on: (i) the Minimum needed in Paris, i.e. what must be dealt with in Paris, and what could be postponed to later; (ii) contributions, their sequencing, reviews, and assessments, and finally (iii) the Paris finance package.

Bo Kjellén, Co-Chair of the ecbi Advisory Committee, and Benito Müller, ecbi Director were chairing the sessions.

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ecbi Annual Report 2013/2014

The Report describes the accomplishments of the ecbi in the FY2014/15. For one, the 2014 Oxford Fellowships and Seminar resulted in an OCP/ecbi Concept Note on a ‘Dynamic Contribution Cycle’ which has since become a prominent and promising option in the ADP negotiating text.

On 13 October 2014, the eve of Eighth meeting of the Barbados Green Climate Fund Board we organized a GCFB Caucus seminar to discuss the findings of an ecbi Policy Brief on Devolved Access Modalities: Lessons for the Green Climate Fund from Existing Practice. It was widely acknowledged that this was very helpful and conducive to the Board’s decision to request the Secretariat to prepare Terms of Reference for operationalising an Enhanced Direct Access pilot phase. Subsequently, we were able to have certain suggestions based on two ecbi Policy Papers (Consolidation and devolution of national climate finance: The case of India and Engaging Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in developing countries) reflected in the GCF Secretariat document on Additional Modalities that Further Enhance Direct Access: Terms of Reference for a Pilot Phase (published on 5 March 2015)...

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Oxford - home of the ecbi project
Latest Publications
ecbi Annual Report 2013/2014: June 2015  (872 kb).
The Paris Predictability Problem: What to do about climate finance for the 2020 climate agreement?: May 2015  (217 kb).
Letter of Appreciation, Adaptation Fund Board: April 2015  (84 kb).
Institutional linkages and relations between the Adaptation Fund and other institutions under the Convention: April 2015  (128 kb).
What's in a name? The naming of GCF accreditation categories: April 2015  (132 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