European Capacity Building Initiative

ecbi provides sustained capacity building for climate change negotiators, to promote a level playing field between governments in the international climate negotiations. The Initiative aims to facilitate mutual understanding and trust – among developing countries, and between developing and European countries.


OCP is honoured to receive a request for a strategic partnership with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Amb. Diann Black-Layne (Antigua & Barbuda), Chair of AOSIS, has formally invited OCP/ecbi to work with, and support, AOSIS in the thematic area of climate change, in particular capacity building, technical assistance for implementation of the Paris Agreement and for the negotiations, the production of policy briefs, and trust building activities through programmes such as ecbi’s Fellowship Programme and seminars.
19 April 2021
In the course of the year, the Fellowship Programme held eight virtual events; and the Training and Support Programme held three regional Training Webinars. By far the most productive arm of the ecbi last year was the Publications and Policy Analysis Unit, which produced five Policy Briefs, eight Pocket Guides, four blog posts, and seven meeting reports.
19 April 2021
As the global climate change negotiations shift to implementation mode, the institutions and process of the global negotiations will also have to adapt and become fit for purpose. ecbi launched a report proposing new arrangements that reflect this new role during a Webinar on 26 March 2021. The Webinar was chaired by Kishan Kumarsingh, Co-Chair of the ecbi Advisory Committee. SBI Chair Marianne Karlsen made introductory remarks, while former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo De Boer and Kumarsingh responded to the...
30 March 2021
Sharing experiences – particularly on the merits of different legislative approaches, lessons learnt, and good practices – can help drive efficient and successful implementation of climate action on the ground, and ultimately more ambitious action under the Paris Agreement. This policy brief considers the experience of four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that have completed or initiated the process of developing framework laws: Kenya (the first country in Africa to adopt a climate change framework law), Eswatini, Nigeria, and Uganda.
29 March 2021