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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
We Meet Again! The Proceedings

On Thursday 31 August 2017, Oxford Climate Policy, on behalf of the European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) and the Oxford University Natural History Museum, hosted a special event for the participants of the ecbi Oxford Seminar.

The Natural History Museum was the venue of a historic evolution debate on 30 June 1860, seven months after the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, involving Samuel Wilberforce, the then Bishop of Oxford, and Thomas Henry Huxley, a biologist who defended Darwin's theory of evolution and had earned the epithet of “Darwin’s bulldog”.

The event, named "We Meet Again!" in reference to the historic debate, brought together the current Bishop of Oxford, the Rt. Revd. Dr Steven Croft, and Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College, London, and Professor of Meteorology at Reading University, to discuss the question: "What can we do to support the fight against global warming in the current climate?"

The transcript of the proceedings is now available for downloading.

• Oxford University Science Blog
• Transcript of proceedings
• The Oxford University Science Blog (pdf)
Czech daily E15 interviews ecbi director in Prague

On 21 June 2017, the ecbi director was interviewed by the Czech economics daily "E15", in the margins of the Prague Climate Talks, where he gave a keynote speech on the need for Europe to demonstrate renewed leadership in the international climate change regime after the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement by the Trump administration, at the Prague Climate Talks in Prague.

Following the themes of the keynote, the interview centered around the impact of the Trump administration on the international climate change regime, in particular on the implementation of Paris Agreement and climate finance, as well on international leadership needed both from Europe and China.

The interview was published on 13 September and is available for downloading.

• Czech original
• English translation
Turkish climate change delegation visit to OCP

On 26 September 2017, a delegation of 12 officials from the Turkish Treasury and the Ministries of Environment & Urbanisation, and Foreign Affairs visited Oxford Climate Policy as part of a study visit under a training programme for institutional capacity building on climate change negotiations by Climalia, a Padua/Italy based climate change consultancy firm. The aim of the visit was to discuss climate finance under the UNFCCC, and in particular the arrangements of the Green Climate fund with the UNFCCC Conference of Parties.

• Delegation Photo
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Latest Publications
Guide de Poche sur la Transparence: May 2017  (980 kb).
Guide de Poche sur la Transparence: May 2017  ( kb).
Pocket Guide to Transparency: May 2017  (861 kb).
Pocket Guide to Transparency: May 2017  ( kb).
Bonn Seminar 2017 Report: May 2017  (1100 kb).
 
"The informal atmosphere during the seminar allowed for a frank exchange of views, which contributed to a better mutual understanding of participants positions. No doubt this will be useful to make further progress in the formal negotiations"
Geert Fremout, FPS Health Food Chain Safety & Env, Belgium