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ecbi - The European Capacity Building Initiative

The Training and Support Programme

Country coalitions can be as much in need of negotiating capacity building as individual countries in order to function as an effective group. The Group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) has great potential to progress in negotiating skills. To make its voice heard it must build up synergies between its members.

"What is missing in the climate change negotiations are open-minded dialogue, trust, and understanding. ecbi seminars are probably the best way to help overcome this by creating a great, creative and friendly atmosphere for discussion."
Andrej Kranjc, Lead Negotiator for Slovenia

Regional Workshops

The Training and Support Programme organises a number of capacity building workshops, namely:

The Regional Workshops are meant to foster collaboration in the targeted regions as well as to mainstream the climate change issues by involving officials from mainline ministries. Moreover, they are not restricted to LDCs but open to all the countries in the regions to enable the regional negotiators to meet, exchange views, and if they wish, plan together.

The Pre-COP Seminars gather senior delegates to strategize and share views as preparation for the UN Conference of Parties. The delegates represent most States vulnerable to the impact of climate change: the Least Developing Countries, Small Island States, and Developing Countries especially from the Sub-Saharan region. Regional Strategy building strengthens the joint effort of the group for the COP negotiations.

The main purpose of the pre-COP Workshops is to support selected negotiators from LDCs to gain a better understanding of the issues discussed at the COPs, as well as to be able to act more effectively as a group (e.g. by dividing tasks among the group instead of all of them to following the same negotiating track). The workshops also help to build negotiating skills through role-playing and practice sessions. While not meant to prepare negotiating positions - the prerogative of the countries themselves - the pre-COP workshops are intended to help build the skills and capacities to negotiate more effectively. Over time it is expected that negotiators will build up expertise in different issues being negotiated (over and beyond LDC specific issues).

The Training and Support Programme also engages in post-workshop mentoring and networking of participants.

Further information is available on a PDF from this link.

Recent Workshops News

2017 ecbi Pre-COP Training workshop

The 2017 ecbi Pre-COP Training Workshop took place on 4 November 2017, in Derag Livinghotel Kanzler, Bonn. It was attended by 39 participants. The Workshop was addressed by Ambassador Luke Daunivalu, Deputy Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations; Gebru Jember Endalew, Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group; Pa Ousman, Director of Country Programming of the Green Climate Fund; Benito Müller, Director of ecbi; and Achala Abeysinghe, Head of the ecbi Training and Support Programme. Training sessions followed, on: priorities for the Bonn Climate Change Conference; the COP23 agenda; gender; climate finance; negotiating effectively and mock negotiations; and the transparency framework.

Agadir Workshop on the emerging role of sub-national contributions to multilateral climate finance

11 September 2017. A workshop convened by OCP on behalf of the European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) at the recent subnational Climate Summit in Agadir, Morocco, highlighted the emerging role of sub-national contributions to multilateral climate finance. The aim was to create awareness and buy-in among sub-national actors (governments, corporations, individuals) of the nascent initiatives of sub-national contributions to multilateral climate funds.

The workshop was opened by H.E. Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Chief Negotiator for the COP22/CMP12/CMA1 Presidency, and facilitated by Mr Ayman Cherkaoui, Special Advisor for Climate Change and Negotiations to the COP22/CMP12/CMA1 Presidency.

In Paris at COP 21, the idea of sub-national contributions to multilateral climate funds had a first breakthrough with the announcement of a $ 6 million contribution to the LDCF by the Province of Quebec, followed by announcements from the Belgian regional governments and the City of Paris). Philip Gass, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) presented an update on "Canadian sub-national contributions to multilateral finance".

The Oxford Crowdfunding for Adaptation Initiative, presented by Benito Müller (OCP), is targeted at corporate air travel, in particular on companies that have, or may be willing to include, climate change as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) portfolio, such as companies that offset the emissions caused by their corporate travel.
The initiative is to encourage these target corporates to donate 1 percent of their air travel costs to the Adaptation Fund directly through its existing individual donation facility. It is estimated that a participation of 1 percent of global corporate air travel would yield USD 100 million annually.

On 27 March, State Senator Michael Barrett filed an Act in the Massachusetts Senate that makes use of the fact that like most other states, Massachusetts allows tax payers to earmark (“check-off”) a share of their tax refund on their personal income tax form as contribution to certain good causes. It proposes to create a “Massachusetts UN Least Developed Countries Fund” to be replenished through such a tax refund check-off programme and any other public and private sector contributions) for the benefit of the LDCF.

The final presentation was on "The potential of sub-national contributions to multilateral finance from California", by Ms Emilie Parry, Oxford Climate Policy (OCP) and University of Oxford.

For more information, see A Day in Agadir [linked below].

2017 ecbi South- and Southeast Asia Regional Training Workshop

The 2017 Asia Regional Training Workshop took place on 6 & 7 September 2017 in Negombo, Sri Lanka. The workshop, hosted by Janathakshan, was attended by over 30 “new” negotiators and national policymakers from countries in the region, appointed by national focal points to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In addition to training on key thematic areas of the UNFCCC negotiations and on the ongoing negotiations on the ongoing negotiations on the rules to implement the Paris Agreement, participants engaged in mock “negotiations” and formulating of group positions during the two days.

Speaking at the opening of the event, Anju Sharma, head of the ecbi Publications and Policy Analysis Unit, noted that ecbi training workshops not only emphasise knowledge-sharing, but also the importance of social engagement to help negotiators step across defined national boundaries and positions, and work cooperatively to achieve common – and critical – goals.

Pre-COP Training Workshop for developing country negotiators at COP 22 in Marrakech

The 2016 ecbi Pre-COP Workshop took place on 5 November 2016, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Marrakech. It was attended by 19 negotiators from developing countries, who were given a brief introduction to the priority issues at the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including in particular loss and damage, capacity building, finance, and issues relating to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.