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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.

The 2017 Berlin Green Investment Summit

On 20 June, the ecbi Director presented the Oxford Crowdfunding for Adaptation Initiative to participants of the Berlin Green Investment Summit, organised by Wermuth Asset Management on behalf of TONIIC,the global action community for impact investors. The event was attended by 120 participants from the private sector, government and academia. The aim of the presentation was to test the idea with the participants, a number of which agreed to help take it forward to an operational pilot.

• Toniic website
• Oxford Crowdfunding document
• Summit timetable
• impact investors
Prague Climate Talks: Paris Agreement and changing geopolitics

On 21 June 2017, the ecbi director 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. The talk was based on based on the recent OCP/ecbi Strategy Note he co-authored with ambassador Bo Kjellen (“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”.

The Prague Climate Talks event was co-organised under the auspices of the UN Information Centre Prague by the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and Glopolis, in cooperation with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Prague.

The event was aimed at analysing the impact of the changing geopolitical situation (following Britain’s vote to exit the EU, Trump’s unpredictable presidency etc.) on the future developments of the Paris Agreement and global efforts to mitigate climate change in general. Will the EU be able (and willing) to become the next frontrunner in international climate action or will China become the new reluctant leader? What will be the new opportunities and what could be the potential pitfalls?

It was attended by more than 50 people, ranging from students and academics from leading Czech universities, NGOs, to private sector companies embassies, the Czech Ministry of the Environment and the Czech Academy of Sciences.

• Europeum Report
• Prague Climate Talks website
• Glopolis website
Pocket Guide to Transparency under the UNFCCC

Are we doing enough to address climate change? Are countries living up to their promises? Are some doing better than they pledged? Transparency is key for answering these questions. This ecbi Pocket Guide traces the evolution of transparency arrangements under the UNFCCC right up to the transparency framework under the Paris Agreement. It addresses both transparency of action and of support, and suggests ways to strengthen both these important elements of the global climate regime.

• English flipbook
• French flipbook
• Pocket guide (pdf)
• Guide de Poche (pdf)
Oxford - home of the ecbi project
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).
"A great experience as ever under Benito's benign eye: the informal frank and friendly character of the seminar allowed a real dialogue, and helped me understand better the underlying perspective of a number of developing country colleagues."
Peter Betts, Head of UK Delegation