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.
"The ecbi is the only initiative implementing items .. of the LDC Work Program under Article 4.9, particularly strengthening negotiation capacity"
Bubu Jallow, Chair of LDC Expert Group
The Training and Support Programme organises a number of capacity building workshops, namely:
- annual regional workshops:
All of these are open to both LDCs and non-LDCs in each region. Participants are
drawn from UNFCCC delegations and also from mainstream development ministries
- an annual LDC pre-COP workshop
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
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.
2016 ecbi Regional Training Workshop for Anglophone Africa
The 2016 European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) Training and Support Programme Workshop for Anglophone Africa was held on 14-15 September 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop was organised in collaboration with ecbi’s regional partner, Institute for Environment, Climate and Development Sustainability (IEDS), with the aim of building capacity and skills for negotiators in Anglophone Africa. It brought together 32 government representatives from the region.
2016 ecbi Regional Training Workshop for Francophone Africa
The 2016 ecbi Training and Support Programme Workshop for Francophone Africa took place on 15 and 16 June 2016 in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop, organised in collaboration with ecbi’s regional partner Energie Environnement Développement (ENDA), was attended by over 30 negotiators from the region.
2016 ecbi Regional Workshop for South and Southeast Asia
A Regional Workshop for South and Southeast Asia was organized on 14 & 15 April 2016. It was attended by 16 representatives of governments from the region. Many of the participants had recently been assigned to responsibilities related to climate change in their respective government departments. The workshop familiarized them with the history and politics of climate change, and key elements of the recently negotiated Paris Agreement. It also included training in practical negotiating skills.