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This Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Event on 14 September 2018, at the University Club of San Francisco, was co-hosted by Oxford Climate Policy, Cool Effect, and 350 Seattle. Leaders,...
20 September 2018
The 2018 Oxford Seminar and Fellows Colloquium, from 13-17 August, focused on key concerns relating to the ongoing global negotiations on the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement, including:...
20 August 2018
The ecbi 2018 South and Southeast Asia Regional Training Workshop was held on 6 and 7 June in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was attended by 28 government representatives from 13 countries in the region...
04 July 2018
Know your NDCs. This Pocket Guide takes you through the controversial beginnings of NDCs, to their current diversity; considers the challenges that countries are likely face in their implementation;...
29 May 2018
The 2018 Bonn Seminar, on 6 May at the Oxford Club in Bonn, was attended by 45 participants from Europe and developing countries. They discussed issues of relevance to the development of the Paris...
10 May 2018
At the 2018 Regional Training Workshop for Francophone Africa in Saly, Senegal, from 11-13 April, aspiring climate negotiators and national policy makers from West Africa recieved training from...
19 April 2018
The 2018 Anglophone Regional Training Workshop took place from 9-11 September 2017 in Saly, Senegal. The workshop, hosted by ENDA Énergie, was attended by negotiators and national policymakers from...
19 April 2018
Faisons-nous assez pour lutter contre le changement climatique? Les pays respectent-ils leurs engagements? La transparence constitue un élément clé pour pouvoir répondre à ces questions. Ce Guide de...
16 April 2018
This policy brief gives an account of how Article 6 of the Paris Agreement came into being, focussing in particular on the role of Brazil and the EU in the run up to Paris. It then seeks to clarify...
09 April 2018
Struggling to keep up with the loss and damage discussions under the UNFCCC? This ecbi Pocket Guide takes you through the basics, including definitions of the various kinds of losses and damages...
27 March 2018
Quelle a été la contribution de la CCNUCC aux questions de genre? Elle a notamment adopté un Plan d'Action pour l'Egalité des sexes en 2017. Celui-ci est abordé dans la version mise à jour du Guide...
19 March 2018
The updated 2018 edition of the Pocket Guide on Capacity Building for Climate Change summarises the history of negotiations on capacity building under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,...
19 March 2018
On 8 & 9 March 2018, Oxford Climate Policy facilitated a Seminar for agriculture negotiators as part of the Koronivia Dialogue hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN in Rome, Italy. The Seminar built on seminars for agriculture negotiators hosted by OCP/ecbi in Bad Godesberg, Germany, and Oxford, UK, in September and May 2017.
14 March 2018
What has the UNFCCC ever done for gender? Adopted a gender action plan in 2017, for one. This updated version of the Pocket Guide also covers the new action plan. Read all about how gender has been...
28 February 2018
To meaningfully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of ‘common time frames’, clarity is necessary on which common time frames one is referring to. In the context of nationally determined...
26 February 2018
Are we doing enough to address climate change? Are countries living up to their promises? Transparency is key for answering these questions. This ecbi Pocket Guide, updated in January 2018, traces...
31 January 2018
Parties to the Paris Agreement face a difficult balancing act while developing further guidance for the Adaptation Communications, as they strive to make them useful and effective on one hand, and...
31 January 2018
Fiji's Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, who presided over COP23, writes: "I wish to thank you for sharing the Pocket Guide to the Paris Agreement, which offers a very practical means to appreciate the key provisions and objectives of the Paris Agreement. It is certainly an excellent guide which was very handy for Leaders, politicians and experts alike... . I highly recommend your Guide to stakeholders at all levels of government, private sector, as well as civil society".
28 December 2017
Massachusetts State Senator Mike Barrett has introduced a bill to give taxpayers the option to donate a portion of their tax returns to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). This potentially groundbreaking legislation is supported by OCP, Oxfam America, and Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy. Watch the campaign video!
20 December 2017
The Chair of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) 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."
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 Developed 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 ecbi Director 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
The 2017 ecbi Pre-COP Training Workshop took place on 4 November 2017, in Derag Livinghotel Kanzler, Bonn.
13 November 2017
A brief on the need to balance flexibility and utility while develolping the guidance for Adaptation Communications at COP23 and beyond.
09 November 2017
On 13 October 2017, the Board of the Adaptation Fund today took the historic decision to "to initiate a process toward accreditation with the GCF". The ecbi has supported the Adaptation Fund from the...
13 October 2017
As parties to the UNFCCC work on developing a gender action plan, find out what has already been done on gender in the climate negotiations, and what the key elements of the new action plan are...
10 October 2017
The 2018 Facilitative Dialogue, now called the Talanoa Dialogue, will address three questions: where are we now; where do we need to be; and how do we get there. It will include a preparatory phase...
09 October 2017
On 26 September 2017, a delegation of 12 officials from the Turkish Treasury and the Ministries of Environment & Urbanisation, and Foreign Affairs visited Oxford Climate Policy as part of a study...
26 September 2017
On 21 and 22 September 2017, 27 climate negotiators from across the globe (14 from developing countries and the rest from the developed world) met at La Redoute in Bonn Bad Godesberg to discuss the...
21 September 2017
On 21 June 2017, the ecbi director was interviewed by the Czech economics daily "E15", in the margins of the Prague Climate Talks, where he gave a keynote speech on the need for Europe to demonstrate...
13 September 2017
On behalf of ecbi, Oxford Climate Policy, ecbi organised a seminar on the emerging role of sub-national contributions to multilateral climate finance at the Climate Chance Summit that took place in...
11 September 2017
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...
07 September 2017
On Thursday 31 August 2017, Oxford Climate Policy, on behalf of the European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) and the Oxford University Natural History Museum, hosted a special event for the...
01 September 2017
The 2017 Fellowship, which took place from 28 August to 1 September, hosting 24 ecbi Fellows – senior climate change negotiators from developing countries. On 30 August, the Fellows were joined by 24...
01 September 2017
Not satisfied with only a “National” Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), Nepal pioneered a framework for Local Adaptation Plans for Action (LAPAs) in 2011, and committed to ensuring that at least...
31 August 2017
As part of the activities to encourage transformational proposals to the Green Climate Fund’s Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) modality, Anju Sharma held a series of meeting with staff the National Bank...
08 August 2017
The 2017 ecbi Regional Training Workshop for Francophone Africa took place on 8 & 9 June 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop, organised in collaboration with ecbi’s regional partner Energie...
10 June 2017
The 2017 ecbi Regional Training Workshop for Anglophone Africa took place on 5 & 6 June 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop, organised in collaboration with ecbi’s regional partner Energie...
09 June 2017
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...
05 June 2017
Are we doing enough to address climate change? Are countries living up to their promises? Transparency is key for answering these questions. This ecbi Pocket Guide traces the evolution of...
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
On the evening of 14 March 2017, the ecbi convened a seminar on resource mobilisation for the Adaptation Fund at La Redoute in Bad Godesberg, Germany. The seminar was co-hosted by Michael Kracht,...
16 March 2017
An ecbi Finance Circle meeting took place on 8 November 2016, during the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It was attended by 15 negotiators from...
11 November 2016
The 2016 ecbi Pre-COP Workshop took place on 5 November 2016, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Marrakech.
06 November 2016
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.
30 October 2016
by Mizan Khan, Ambuj Sagar, Saleemul Huq and Penda Kante Thiam The Paris Agreement’s capacity building provisions can be regarded as foundational for all other institutions, mechanisms and processes...
28 October 2016
by Benito Müller, with Alexandra Kornilova, Ritika Tewari, and Carsten Warnecke Predictability of multilateral climate finance is a key concern for developing countries, as a prerequisite for longer-...
24 October 2016
by Christian Holz and Xolisa Ngwadla The global stocktake, established in Article 14 of the Paris Agreement, is a central component of the provisions that are intended to raise ambition over time...
24 October 2016
By Harro van Asselt, Romain Weikmans, Timmons Roberts and Achaea Abeysinghe. One of the key elements of the Paris Agreement is its “enhanced transparency framework”, set out in Article 13. This paper...
24 October 2016
The Paris Agreement was adopted on 12 December 2015, at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. This Guide summarizes its key provisions. It is...
14 October 2016
The 2016 ecbi Seminar took place in the Oxford Union on 1-2 September 2016, following the Fellows Colloquium from 29-31 August 2016. It was attended by 19 participants from developing countries, and...
02 September 2016
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...
01 June 2016
The 2016 ecbi Bonn Seminar took place on 22 May 2016 in the Altes Rathaus, Bonn. It was attended by 34 participants, who discussed climate finance post-Paris, the ambition mechanism included in the...
30 May 2016
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...
17 April 2016
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 13 April 2016. Over 20 key stakeholders in climate finance from Bangladesh attended this ecbi dinner discussion hosted by ecbi member International Centre for Climate Change and...
16 April 2016
The Paris Agreement was adopted on 12 December 2015, at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. This Guide summarizes its key provisions. It is...
14 April 2016
This ecbi Policy Brief by Benito Müller, based on OCP/ecbi Discussion Note with contributions by Harro van Asselt, Cristina Carreiras, and Kaveh Guilanpour, looks at how to enhance mitigation...
19 March 2016
The outcome of the 2016 Paris Conference on climate change must be seen in the context of the long-haul effort over 25 years, starting with the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de...
01 March 2016
by Laurel Murray, with Benito Müller and Luis Gomez-Echeverri This brief history of Enhanced Direct Access traces the idea back to a number of historic precursors, such as the Kreditanstalt für...
19 December 2015
Dear Benito, As developing country Co-chair of the ecbi Advisory Committee and as Head of the Gambian delegation at COP 21 it gives me great pleasure to send you this letter of appreciation for the...
17 December 2015
OCP and the ecbi warmly welcome today’s announcement by M. Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec, to contribute six million Canadian dollars to the UN Least Developed Countries Fund. As the first...
03 December 2015
The ecbi Training and Support Programme and IIED organised a Pre-COP Training Workshop for LDC negotiators in Paris, France on 28 November 2015 in advance of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to...
29 November 2015
We are extremely pleased to be able to congratulate Dr Achala Abeysinghe (IIED), the Head of the ecbi Training and Support Programme, for having been listed with Christiana Figueres and Mary Robinson...
22 November 2015
This new blog and submission to the GCF Board by Benito Müller argues that it is imperative that the recently launched GCF strategic planning process focus not only on strategic objectives and the...
17 November 2015
Developed country climate finance is generally regarded as quid pro quo for developing country mitigation action, and vice versa. In the Copenhagen Accord, for example, developed countries commit...
03 October 2015
The eleventh ecbi Oxford Seminar was held on 10 & 11 September 2015 at Trinity College and the Examination Schools in Oxford, UK. A three-day Fellowship Colloquium took place before the Seminar,...
07 September 2015
An informal roundtable consultation with senior government officials on Consolidation and Devolution of Climate Finance in India took place at the India International Centre, New Delhi, India, on 7...
20 August 2015
The first, and possibly most momentous decision to be adopted on the final day of the tenth Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting (Songdo, 9 July 2015) was the launch of a five year pilot phase on...
11 July 2015
On 5 July 2015, the eve of the tenth meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the ecbi hosted a Seminar for GCF Board members on how to address Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the...
07 July 2015
In December, negotiators will converge on Paris to forge a new international climate change agreement for 2020 and beyond. This policy brief is about one of the preconditions for a success at Paris:...
30 June 2015
In December 2014 in Lima, Peru, the COP requested the Standing Committee on Finance in Decision 6/CP.20, paragraph 22 to consider issues related to possible future institutional linkages and...
27 June 2015
The 2015 ecbi Bonn Seminar took place at the Altes Rathaus in Bonn, Germany, on the afternoon of 7 June. The Seminar was attended by 25 negotiators and representatives from developing countries and...
24 June 2015
The Report describes the accomplishments of the ecbi in the FY2014/15. For one, the 2014 Oxford Fellowships and Seminar resulted in an OCP/ecbi Concept Note on a ‘Dynamic Contribution Cycle’ which...
14 June 2015
Having been established more than a decade ago to address the urgent and immediate needs of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) especially vulnerable to the impact of climate change, the Least...
02 June 2015
This OCP/ecbi submission to the Standing Committee on Finance summarizes the most recent developments regarding the relations between the Adaptation Fund and the Green Climate Fund and proposes that...
20 April 2015
A great deal of confusion has resulted from the fact that it has hitherto not been possible for the GCF Board to agree on definitions for some of the key nouns referred to in the GCF Governing...
12 April 2015
Following up on the discussion on the The Future of the Adaptation Funding and the Adaptation Fund co-organised with the Heinrich Boell Foundation during COP 20 in Lima, the ecbi with the support of...
10 April 2015
National and international finance is increasingly becoming available in developing countries to address climate change for both mitigation and adaptation. However, existing (domestic) arrangements...
19 March 2015
On 5 March, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat published a Board Paper and Draft Decision on ‘Additional Modalities that Further Enhance Direct Access: Terms of Reference for a Pilot Phase,’...
06 March 2015
On 11 February, in the marginss of the ADP Geneva session, ecbi Executive Committee members met senior members of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN), including the AGN chair Nagmeldin Elhassan,...
11 February 2015
What is the future of adaptation financing under a new global climate agreement and beyond the UNFCCC? What role will an actor such as the Kyoto Protocol Adaptation Fund, which strengthened country...
10 December 2014
The ecbi Training and Support Programme and IIED organised a Pre-COP Training Workshop for LDC negotiators at the Los Girasoles Hotel in Lima, Peru, on 30 November 2014, in advance of the 20th...
01 December 2014
Envoys go back to boarding school in effort to build understanding ahead of proposed 2015 climate deal. Interview by Sophie Yeo (RTCC) with Benito Müller (Director ecbi) on the ecbi Oxford...
19 November 2014
On 6 November 2014, the Government of Brazil officially submitted the Views of Brazil on the Elements of the New Agreement under the Convention applicable to all Parties to the UN climate change...
17 November 2014
In their Scenario Note on the sixth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), the ADP Co-chairs emphasized that “it is essential to use...
18 October 2014
On Monday 13 October, the ecbi GCFB Caucus convened a discussion meeting on Enhanced Direct Access for Members and Alternates attending the eighth meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board in...
12 October 2014
At the recent Climate Summit in New York, the Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli announced that "China will work hard to promote South-South cooperation on climate change. I wish to announce here that...
24 September 2014
The 2014 ecbi Oxford Seminar took place on 28 and 29 August 2014 in the University of Oxford Examination Schools. The ecbi celebrated its tenth anniversary during the Seminar. A three-day Fellowship...
05 September 2014
The 2014 ecbi Bonn Seminar took place at the Altes Rathaus in Bonn, Germany, on the afternoon of 9 June. The Seminar was attended by over 45 negotiators and representatives from developing countries...
09 June 2014
Mr Pa Ousman Jarju, Co-chair of the ecbi Advisory Committee and former Special Envoy on Climate Change, has been appointed Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources and Parks &...
07 June 2014
A new ecbi Legal Note by Charlotte Streck and David Rossati explores the options for establishing such a Southern Solidarity Fund as a separate, ring-fenced funding entity operated by the GCF.
28 May 2014
A new ecbi Legal Note by Wouter Geldhof, Tom Ruys, and Benito Müller which considers the legal options for creating such a space for Quantified Emission Limitation and Reduction Obligations (QELROs)...
27 May 2014
ecbi and CDKN have produced three briefing notes that summarise three of the greatest issues of concern for LDCs: differentiated responsibilities for climate mitigation; monitoring, reporting and...
20 May 2014
A Note from Benito Müller in response to CDKN’s Working Paper on Supporting international climate negotiators: Lessons from CDKN. The paper includes CDKN’s theoretical approach to ‘amplifying the...
12 May 2014
This Concept Note by Benito Müller introduces the idea of a Southern Solidarity Fund, to be operated by the Green Climate Fund, which would allow solidarity contributions to climate finance by...
09 April 2014
This Rough Guide to Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) by Benito Müller provides the key conceptual tools needed to understand EDA and exemplifies the main access models graphically with a number of...
02 April 2014
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board is in the process of considering "additional modalities that further enhance direct access". A devolved and decentralized access modality has been proposed as an...
02 April 2014
On 17 February 2014, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, host to the sixth meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board GCFB, convened a pre-GCF Board Meeting Luncheon Discussion on “...
18 February 2014
Whether or not the regime emerging from the current negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be based on an explicit cost/burden sharing formula, the debate...
30 January 2014
Sida funded an independent evaluation of ecbi for its 2011-2013 activities and found that the ecbi has achieved its overall outcomes as outlined in the report. The ecbi was found to fulfil a need not...
27 January 2014
The Green Climate Fund is at a crossroads where it must choose between the traditional centralized or a novel devolved decision making model. The next meeting of the GCF in February will be key as it...
17 January 2014
A meeting of the ecbi Finance Circle was held on 13 November at COP 19 in Warsaw. There were 26 participants from Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, the DRC, the EU, France, the Gambia, Germany...
13 November 2013
On the eve of the fifth meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board in Paris, the ecbi organised an informal discussion meeting for Board members and advisers interested in the topics of resource...
06 October 2013
A negotiators workshop on the legal issues and challenges related to climate change was held in Bangladesh on September 22nd 2013. Organised by the Centre for Climate Justice-Bangladesh (CCJ-B) in...
23 September 2013
On September 20th 2013, ecbi with support from GIZ Bangladesh and Bangladesh’s Ministry of Environment and Forests hosted a two day training workshop for Asian LDC climate change negotiators in Dhaka...
21 September 2013
A proposal based on the recent ecbi Policy Brief Crowdfunding for Climate Change: A new source of funding for climate action at the local level? has won the Popular Choice Award in the 2013 MIT...
12 September 2013
The 2013 ecbi Fellowship Colloquium took place from 5-7 August in Merton College, Oxford, followed by the Oxford Seminar on 8 and 9 August. During the Fellowship Colloquium, 17 senior negotiators...
12 August 2013
The 2013 Bonn Seminar took place on 9 June 2013 at the Altes Rathaus, Bonn Germany. Over 35 participants from developing and european countries attended, to discuss the work of the Standing Committee...
09 June 2013
This month, the first Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance was held in Barcelona. Present were Konrad von Ritter and Diann Black-Layne who presented the draft of the new ecbi policy brief '...
28 May 2013
The 2012/13 ecbi Annual Report highlights our efforts over the past year to strengthen capacity and trust between North-South, and South-South positions in the emerging climate change regime...
22 May 2013
This paper includes a systematic review of the reports filed to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2012 of the nations that promised to provide this US$ 30 billion in FSF over...
13 April 2013
A new climate agreement is expected to be negotiated by 2015 under the climate convention's Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), or Durban Platform. The Platform...
29 March 2013
On March 11th, the Finance Circle met in Berlin attended by the two SCF Co-chairs (Antigua & Barbuda, and Switzerland), four SCF members (Australia, Belgium, Norway, and US), a GCFB alternate...
22 March 2013
This ecbi Policy Brief by Benito Müller & Lavan Mahadeva serves as summary for policy makers of a technical report by the same authors published by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies,...
01 March 2013
A meeting of the Finance Circle took place on December 4, 2012, during the second week of COP 18 at Doha. The meeting was shortened to accommodate participantsí schedule commitments in the...
04 December 2012
On the 6th of September 2012, two years and one week after it was conceived during the 2010 ecbi Fellowships in Oxford, the Standing Committee had its formal inaugurating meeting in Bangkok, Thailand...
17 September 2012
On 22 August 2012, the Green Climate Fund Board formally held its constitutive meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Following a tradition established by the ecbi in the context of the Adaptation Fund...
16 September 2012
The eight annual round of the ecbi Oxford Fellowships and Seminar took place from 8-14 July 2012, and was attended by 12 Fellows from developing countries (LDC, AOSIS, ALBA, Africa, BASIC) and 14...
16 July 2012
On 19 May 2012 the ecbi Finance Circle held a meeting during the UNFCCC Climate change Conference in Bonn, Germany. The discussions focused on two key areas: long-term finance and the work programme...
23 May 2012
On 20 May 2012, the seventh annual ecbi Bonn Seminar was held in the Altes Rathaus of Bonn Germany. The discussion focused on CBDR/RC and equity on the ADP, the future of the Kyoto Protocol (...
23 May 2012
The 2011/12 ecbi Annual Report highlights our efforts over the past year to strengthen capacity and trust between North-South, and South-South positions in the emerging climate change regime. This is...
18 April 2012
Africa Group Negotiators (AGN) met in Paris, France on 29th and 30th March 2012 to discuss the outcomes of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on...
30 March 2012
ecbi organized a Finance Circle meeting on 30 November 2011 in Durban, South Africa. Ten participants from the US, Venezuela, Georgia, Switzerland, Cuba, Ireland, Germany, Ireland, and the European...
19 December 2011
Least developed country (LDC) coordinators, core team members and advisors met in Durban, South Africa, on 26th November 2011 to discuss the LDC strategy in advance of the 17th Conference of the...
28 November 2011
It is with the deepest sadness and shock that we have learned of the untimely passing of Mama Konaté, former Co-Chair of the ecbi Steering Committee. Mama was Chair of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for...
14 November 2011
The 2011 regional workshop for East and Southern African and South Asian countries took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 31 October to 1 November. It was attended by roughly 30 negotiators and...
01 November 2011
Held in Geneva on 10 September 2011 in conjunction with the third meeting of the Transitional Committee, the ecbi Finance Circle meeting was attended by 24 participants from developed and developing...
21 September 2011
At the 2011 ecbi Fellowship and Seminar held in early September, senior developing country negotiators and their European colleagues discussed the importance of a mutually agreeable action 'sequence...
15 September 2011
The 2011 regional workshop for West Africa took place in Dakar, Senegal from 18th-19th August. It was attended by around thirty negotiators, parliamentarians, and representatives from line Ministries...
19 August 2011
At Cancún, the COP decided to establish a Standing Committee to assist it in exercising its functions with respect to the Financial Mechanism of the Convention. But it left open how exactly this...
12 August 2011
Attending members of the Transitional Committee discussed the merits and demerits of 'thematic windows" under the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the second meeting of the ecbi Finance Circle. Held on 13...
18 July 2011
The sixth ecbi Bonn Seminar was held in June, 2011. There they discussed the importance of ownership - over the process of designing the Green Climate Fund; the form and function of the Steering...
01 July 2011
This ecbi Annual Report summarises an important period in the history of the UN climate negotiations, including the run-up and aftermath of the Copenhagen Conference; and preparations for the...
01 June 2011
The UNFCCC Transitional Committee for designing the Green Climate Fund met for its inaugural session in Mexico City on 28-9 April 2011. On the first evening 26 members of the TC and the ecbi Finance...
01 May 2011
The ecbi Finance Circle held a meeting on Monday 4 April during the AWG session in Bangkok. There were 21 participants from Australia, Cuba, DR Congo, Egypt, European Commission, Georgia, Germany,...
05 April 2011
The ecbi is pleased to be able to publish an independent evaluation of its Phase II (2008-10) activities, together with a Report on the overall outcomes and impacts it achieved through its activities...
01 February 2011
The fifth ecbi Finance Circle took place on Monday 11 November in the offices of the EU Presidency at the Moon Palace conference centre with 20 participants from 14 delegations (Australia, Belgium/EU...
22 December 2010
On 27th of November, the ecbi held its eighth Pre-COP workshop for African LDC Negotiators in Cancún, Mexico attended by 18 delegates representing Benin, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Guinea, Lesotho, Mali...
27 November 2010
On 26th of November, the ecbi held its first Pre-COP workshop for South and South East Asian Negotiators in Cancún, Mexico attended by 20 delegates representing Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives,...
26 November 2010
This ecbi Policy Brief by Benito Müller looks at whether the progress and momentum of the LCA finance negotiations in Tianjin could be harnessed to bring about a successful outcome at Cancún, and...
02 November 2010
David Ciplet, Benito Müller, and J. Timmons Roberts address the question of whether it is possible to give some estimate of how many people it would need to manage the sorts of sums currently talked...
29 October 2010
Luis Gomez-Echeverri presents a new report on National Funding Entities (NFEs) in the lead-up to Cancún this December. National Funding Entities have sprung up in twelve countries, with more...
21 October 2010
After attending the Tianjin climate change conference, the ecbi director visited Beijing on the invitation of Councillor Yi Xianliang (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ecbi Fellow) where he had talks...
19 October 2010
On 7 October, the ecbi Finance Circle held its fourth meeting during the climate change conference in Tianjin, China, attended by delegates from 15 Parties. Farrukh Khan gave a brief presentation on...
07 October 2010
The annual ecbi Fellowships and Oxford Seminar was held between August 25-31st amongst the distinguished colleges of Oxford University, UK. The Fellowships and Oxford Seminar form the core of the...
31 August 2010
The third meeting of the ecbi Finance Circle was held on August 2nd 2010 at the Hotel Maritim in Bonn attended by eighteen negotiators from thirteen countries. The meeting began with a short...
02 August 2010
The Dakar Resolution came from the ecbi West Africa Regional Workshop, held in July 2010, Senegal. It was prepared and signed by the Honourable parliamentarians who attended the workshop. The English...
07 July 2010
The francophone regional workshop for the countries of West Africa was held in Dakar, Senegal, in July 2010. It proved to be the largest group held for the ecbi, with more than 45 participants...
07 July 2010
On June 6th 2010, the second meeting of the Finance Circle was held in Bonn, Germany. Twenty-one participants attended including those from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, DRC, EC, Egypt,...
21 June 2010
The ecbi Bonn Seminar was held in June 2010 at La Redoute in Bonn/Bad Godesberg.
06 June 2010
The ecbi Annual Report summarises activities undertaken in the period April 2009 to March 2010, carried out by the Fellowship Programme and the Workshop Programme of the ecbi, as well as common...
01 June 2010
The legal format of the outcome of the current twin-track negotiations is one of the most pressing problems to be resolved in the run-up to the next UN climate change conference in Cancún, Mexico...
07 May 2010
On 24 and 25 March of this year, the ecbi Workshop Programme helped facilitate a national-level workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, for government officials involved in the international climate change...
24 March 2010
On the 23 March 2010 the ecbi organized a dinner discussion for members of the Adaptation Fund Board that met for the 9th time in Bonn, Germany. At the 9th meeting of the AF Board, first National...
23 March 2010
The second ecbi workshop was held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, from the 7th to the 9th of February of 2010, at the Guembe ecological sanctuary. Participants from twelve Latin American countries came...
07 February 2010
Co-hosted by the World Economic Forum Climate Change Initiative and the European Capacity Building Initiative, the dinner brought together a small group of climate negotiators, public and private...
04 November 2009
'This year the ecbi Oxford Fellowships were housed in Magdalen College Oxford, from 30st August to 5th September 2009, with participation from Brazil, China, the Gambia, India, Indonesia, Kenya,...
03 November 2009
Based on the proceedings of the ecbi meeting on 9 August 2009 at La Redoute in Bonn, a new ecbi Policy Brief concerning Key Issues on Governance of Climate Change Finance has been published, together...
18 September 2009
The 2009 ecbi Regional Workshop for East and Southern Africa in Ethiopia was held at Addis Ababa Hilton hotel from 18 to 20 August. The workshop was attended by participants from Botswana, Comoros,...
18 August 2009
The first ecbi Regional Workshop for Latin America was held at the Plaza Hotel in La Paz, Bolivia, from 17 to 19 of August. The workshop was attended by participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile,...
16 August 2009
Les travaux de l'atelier régional 2009 de renforcement des capacités sur les changements climatiques pour les pays francophones d'Afrique de l'ouest se sont déroulés du 21 au 23 juillet 2009 - Dakar...
21 July 2009
Le consensus sur une action visant aborder les changements climatiques repose sur le principe des responsabilites communes mais differences et sur les obligations et engagements enumeres - Article 4...
03 July 2009
Suite - l'exemple très réussi de la taxe de solidarité du Groupe pilote francais afin de lutter contre le VIH/SIDA, le Groupe des PMA propose une taxe de solidarité en faveur de l'adaptation sur les...
03 July 2009
This ecbi Policy Brief is based on the presentations and discussion at the 2009 round of the annual ecbi Bonn Seminars held on 7 June 2009 at La Redoute in Bonn/Bad Godesberg, during the sixth...
07 June 2009
The ecbi Annual report summarizes activities undertaken in period April 2008 to March2009, carried out by the Fellowship Programme and the Workshop Programme of the ecbi. This report is divided into...
24 May 2009
International Air Passenger Adaptation Levy (IAPAL): A proposal by the Group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) within the framework of the Bali Action Plan, submitted to the UNFCCC AWC-LCA on 12...
05 May 2009
Two policy briefs detailing, on the one hand the history of the current financial mechanism, and suggesting, on the other a Reformed Financial Mechanism for the post Copenhagen period by Benito...
24 April 2009
Preparing for the seventh session of the AWG-KP and fifth session of the AWG-LCA taking place from Sunday 29 March to Wednesday 8 April 2009 in Bonn, the ecbi gathered together a number of delegates...
25 March 2009
The Adaptation Fund Board have met for the fifth time in Bonn Germany, March 24-27, 2009. The ecbi, hosted a first Chairs’s Dinner attended by a number of Board members from developing and developed...
23 March 2009
On behalf of the Adaptation Fund Board, Mr. Muyungi, expresses his appreciation for the support the ecbi has given him as Chair of the Adaptation Fund Board, and the Board in general, over the past...
25 February 2009
15th of December 2008. The ecbi Fellowship Programme organised a dinner for a number of developing country and European Board members as part of the ecbi trust building activities on the evening of...
15 December 2008
The ecbi brought together UN climate change delegates from 12 countries to strengthen the capacity of Least Developed Countries to negotiate and implement the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol and to...
28 November 2008
Les travaux de l'atelier régional 2008 de renforcement des capacités sur les changements climatiques pour les pays francophones d'Afrique de l'Ouest se sont déroulés du 28 au 30 octobre 2008 -...
28 October 2008
Delegates from Botswana, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia participated in this 3 day workshop held from the 23 to 25 of September 2008 in...
26 September 2008
The ecbi Oxford Seminar (part of the ecbi Fellowships) is an annual three day event where senior developing country UN climate change negotiators meet their European colleagues to discuss key issues...
05 September 2008
The Fellowships will begin with the Fellowship Colloquium (1–3 Sept) for Fellows and invited experts only, where the Fellows will be given a chance to exchange views among themselves, to discuss...
03 September 2008
Delegates from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam participated in this 3 day workshop held from the 12 to 14 of August 2008 in Male. The Workshop was organized...
12 August 2008
16th of June 2008. The ecbi Fellowship Programme organised a final dinner for all of developing country and European Board members as part of the ecbi trust building activities on the evening of the...
16 June 2008
On the 8th June 2008, the ecbi Fellowship Programme held the third Bonn Seminar gathering together 56 delegates, during the intersessional meeting of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies in Bonn, Germany to...
08 June 2008
The ecbi was launched in May 2005 during the 22nd Meeting of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies(SB) in Bonn. This is its third annual report. The impact of the ecbi on the international negotiations,...
05 June 2008
On the evening of the first day of the first meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (26-28 March, Bonn/Germany), the ecbi Fellowship Programme organised a dinner for a number of developing country and...
26 March 2008
Taking the time to get the governance structure of the Adaptation Fund right will be worth it in the long term, say five Oxford Fellows for 2007 - Enele Sopoaga (Tuvalu), Lydia Greyling (South Africa...
31 December 2007
The ecbi brought together UN climate change delegates from 22 countries to strengthen the capacity of Least Developed Countries to negotiate and implement the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol and to...
30 December 2007
On the 5 December 2007 ecbi is organizing a side event at COP13, Bali, Indonesia, in the EU Pavilion, Nusa dua Beach Hotel, from 15:30-17:30. The event will showcase the work of the ecbi carried out...
21 November 2007
The Regional Workshop for South and Southeast Asia in Thailand brought together 22 delegates from several Asian countries to engage in a number of trust-building activities as well as ensuring a...
31 October 2007
The francophone regional workshop for the countries of West Africa was held in Dakar (Senegal) from 15 to 17 October 2007. The workshop brought together the focal points to the United Nations...
17 October 2007
The ecbi Regional Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa in Bagomoyo brought together delegates from Botswana, the Comoros, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia...
26 September 2007
The ECBI Oxford Fellowships 2007 brought together 14 Fellows, Senior Fellows, and Supernumerary Fellows from Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Tuvalu...
04 September 2007
Fellows from Burkina Faso, Gabon, Guinea along with ecbi Director have visited French govenment agencies in Paris on 31 August 2007. The meeting was facilitated by Mr. Nicolas Lambert from the French...
31 August 2007
ecbi Prospectus (revised August 2007): The guide to ecbi Phase II (2008-12) activities, available now for download as a PDF.
21 August 2007
On 13 May 2007, the ecbi Fellowship Programme held the second Bonn Seminar during the intersessional meeting of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies in Bonn, Germany to maintaining and strengthening the...
03 July 2007
Last year we held a successful series of regional workshops for climate change negtiators from least developed countries countries in: (i) Eastern and Southern Africa in Naivasha, Kenya, (ii) Western...
20 June 2007
"...the ecbi institutions are the only ones that are implementing items (other than the NAPA Preparation) of the LDC Work Program under Article 4.9, particularly strengthening the negotiation skills...
11 June 2007
ecbi Policy Analysis Report by Dr. Balgis Osman Elasha, Climate Change Unit, Higher Council for Environment& Natural Resources (HCENR) Khartoum, Sudan, and Dr Thomas E. Downing, Stockholm...
08 May 2007
"the ecbi is judged to be a very good, effective programme. It fills a void and is innovative in its approach to both senior and junior negotiators"
07 May 2007
Unless a combination of all the success factors can be achieved, ASEAN countries will be able to attract some CDM niche investment but not be able to play in the CDM ‘champions’ league’
30 April 2007
The decision to adopt a ‘one-country-one-vote’ procedure for the Adaptation Fund could help secure political acceptance, but only if augmented by the right to force a secret vote.
25 January 2007
A Global Carbon Levy for Climate Change Adaptation "We need a global carbon levy to fund these obligations in line with the ‘polluter pays’ principle." -Moritz Leuenberger, President of the Swiss...
06 December 2006
The ecbi will hold a public side event at the EU Pavilion on its opening day (Tuesday 7 November), Time: 15:15h - 16:45h Room 2 List of speakers and topics:
07 November 2006
Three ecbi Fellows, Amjad Abdullah (Maldives), Bubu Pateh Jallow (The Gambia)and Mohammad Reazuddin (Bangladesh) have written an Opinion Piece on Operationalising the Kyoto Protocol's Adaptation Fund...
26 October 2006
L'an 2006, du 10 au 12 octobre se sont déroulés dans les locaux de l'hotel OLYMPE, - Bamako (MALI) les travaux de l'atelier régional de renforcement des capacités sur les changements climatiques des...
17 October 2006
'The proposal should be used as starting point for the debate on how airlines can be made responsible for their emissions'; it is an innovative way of thinking, exploring new ways of supporting the...
16 October 2006
Despite efforts to establish necessary institutional structures, few CDM projects are taking place in Africa. The 2006 ecbi Regional Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa suggested ways to improve...
28 September 2006
The 2006 ecbi Oxford Fellows agree on a proposal to give the COP/MOP direct control of the Adaptation Fund, and ensure effective representation of countries’ interests.
20 September 2006
The participants of the 2006 ecbi Regional Workshop for South and Southeast Asia call for different rules for the governance of the Adaptation Fund, which is based on mandatory private sector...
12 August 2006
Following its launch on 23 May 2005 during the 22nd Meeting of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies (SB) in Bonn, the ecbi has organised the Oxford Fellowships under the Fellowship Programme, a number of...
06 June 2006
ecbi funds the participation of senior delegates to participate in a Seminar and the intersessional UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies meetings in Bonn. In the first year of the scheme, five Bursaries were...
30 May 2006
In May 2006, the ECBI’s Oxford Fellowship Programme organised two capacity- and trust-building activities linked to the intersessional meeting of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies in Bonn, Germany: the...
21 May 2006
Following informal consultations, Co-Chair Mamadou Honadia introduced a draft decision stating that Parties “approve and adopt” the compliance mechanism as contained in Decision 24/CP.7. The text...
09 December 2005
On Friday 2 December 2005, a special event was organised in the EU Pavilion at COP11/MOP1 in Montreal, Canada, to present an overview of ecbi activities in the first six months since its inception.
30 November 2005
Participants highlighted the need to assess the lessons learned through the NAPA process and find ways to integrate climate change issues into national and sectoral policy and practice during the...
06 November 2005
The need for a review of CDM performance in Africa dominated discussions at the first ecbi Regional Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa, held from 18 to 21 October 2005.
23 October 2005
Following a request for information regarding North-South trust building activities from the floor at the high-level panel of the Development and Adaptation Days during the recent Montreal Climate...
03 October 2005
Rich discussions on post-2012 negotiations, CDM, mainstreaming, and impacts and adaptation characterised the pilot round of the ecbi Oxford Fellowships, which took place in Oxford from 18 to 30...
20 September 2005
ecbi was officially launched at the 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC, in May 2005.
06 May 2005