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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.

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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2014 Bonn Seminar

The 2014 ecbi Bonn Seminar took place at the Altes Rathaus in Bonn, Germany, on the afternoon of 9 June.
The Seminar was attended by over 45 negotiators and representatives from developing countries and Europe,
including the two Chairs of the Ad-Hoc Group on the Durban Platform (ADP), the key negotiating body for the future climate agreement.
Discussions were held on: financial support for climate change; whether or not the post-2015 climate agreement should differentiate expected engagement of countries by using ex-ante country lists (Annexes); and how to ensure a just outcome, both with respect to equity(intragenerational justice) and ambition (intergenerational justice).
Bo Kjellén, Co-Chair of the ecbi Advisory Committee, opened the meeting and chaired the sessions...

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ecbi Advisory Committee Co-chair appointed Minister

Mr Pa Ousman Jarju, Co-chair of the ecbi Advisory Committee and former Special Envoy on Climate Change, has been appointed Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources and Parks & Wildlife of the Republic of the Gambia. He recently made the following statement about his involvement in the ecbi (Annual Report 2013-14):

"I have been associated with ecbi for nine years – from my early years in the climate negotiations when I was a junior negotiator for the Gambia, attending one of the ecbi capacity building workshops during the Montreal conference in 2005. The ecbi has been a constant and indispensable companion through my journey since then, first as a negotiator for my country, then Chair of the Group of Least Developed Countries (LDC), and now as Gambia’s Special Climate Envoy...

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Establishing a GCF operated Southern Solidarity Fund

A new ecbi Legal Note by Charlotte Streck and David Rossati explores the options for establishing such a Southern Solidarity Fund as a separate, ring-fenced funding entity operated by the GCF.

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Oxford - home of the ecbi project
Latest Publications
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).
Annual Report 2013/14: May 2014  (960 kb).
Establishing a GCF operated Southern Solidarity Fund: May 2014  (272 kb).
"The Transitional Committee meetings provided us with an informal forum, in a relaxed atmosphere outside of negotiating tables, to exchange frank views of the discussions and to seek clarification on many points of contention."
Bernarditas Muller, Transitional Committee, Asia and Pacific