Trust building

The Fellowship Programme

At the heart of the ecbi is an Oxford-based Fellowship Programme for climate negotiators and other stakeholders directly involved in the UNFCCC process from the participating developing countries. Its primary purpose is to build trust and exchange procedural and institutional knowledge both among the Fellows ('South-South trust-building'), and between them and their European colleagues ('North-South trust-building').

Oxford Fellowships

South-South relations and trust building are often of at least equal importance in supporting the international negotiations. The trust building activities are carried out during the Fellowship Colloquium in Oxford, where the Fellows have the chance to exchange views and experiences among themselves in 'closed session'. In light of their considerable existing negotiating capacities, the participating large developing countries are primarily involved in the trust-building activities of the Oxford Fellowship Programme.

Oxford Seminar

The Seminar enables the Fellows to find out how climate change issues are managed by European governments, and provide an opportunity to exchange views in an informal and non- confrontational setting. They also enable the European partners to discover and better understand the situation of their developing country colleagues - one of the reasons why the ecbi is not just a capacity-building initiative by Europeans, but also for Europeans. The Seminar is an annual, 3 day event hosted on academic grounds of Oxford and it usually takes place in the first week of September. Participation in the event is exclusive.

Bonn Seminar

To maintain the momentum of these trust-building activities, the Fellowship Programme also organises an annual one-day Bonn Seminar during the intersessional Subsidiary Bodies meetings in Bonn/Germany.


SBSTA Chair appreciates the role of OCP/ecbi in the COP23 decision on agriculture: "You invited the right negotiators and experts to these workshops. More importantly, as an "outsider" to the agriculture negotiations you asked the right probing questions at the workshops: What do you want to achieve? What is your remit? How do you propose to achieve it?"
23 November 2017
OCP/ecbi is honoured to have a role in a breakthrough decision on agriculture at COP23. Two Ad-hoc Seminars organised by OCP/ecbi in Oxford in May 2017, and in Bad Godesberg in September 2017, are credited with furthering the discussions and building trust between parties in testimonials from negotiators who participated in the workshops.
23 November 2017
A special event on the role of the UN Least Deverloped Countries Fund (LDCF) in promoting sub-national action on adaptation in and for LDCs was convened in Bonn, during COP23, by Oxford Climate Policy/ecbi and the Environmental Change Institute, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The event focused on action on the ground and financial support for adaptation, and the role of sub-national actors in providing both.
23 November 2017
The Director of ecbi facilitated a session on enhancing access to, and participation in, UNFCCC negotiations by admitted observer organisations, during the first ever "Open Dialogue" at COP23. The Dialogue was opened by COP23 President, Frank Bainimarama and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa; and chaired by COP23 Climate Ambassador Deo Saran.
23 November 2017
What will the new UNFCCC gender acton plan look like? This ecbi Pocket Guide explores how gender has been addressed in the UNFCCC process so far. It elaborates on gender linkages across the different...
20 November 2017