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.

Finance Circle

The ecbi Circle of Experts on Climate Finance and Architecture (ecbi Finance Circle) is an initiative of the European Capacity Building Initiative to provide a platform for informal in-depth discussions among key experts on the technical aspects of the issues discussed in the AWG-LCA negotiations on financial architecture and governance.

Miscellaneous Activities


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02 June 2017
The 2017 ecbi Bonn Seminar took place on 14 May 2017, at La Redoute, Bonn. It was attended by 55 negotiators from developed and developing countries, including heads of key national and regional...
17 May 2017
With the Training and Support Programme fully back on track with four training workshops, four bursaries, and support to negotiators; six seminars organised by the Fellowship Programme; and numerous...
15 May 2017
On 1-2 May 2017, a number of UNFCCC Agriculture Negotiators and resource persons from technical organizations came together at Wolfson College, Oxford for an informal exchange of views around the...
05 May 2017
A dialogue with stakeholders on Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) was organised in Kathmandu, Nepal, by Oxford Climate Policy, Prakriti Research Centre and Helvetas on 24 March 2017. The three...
05 April 2017