A key limitation of the UN climate change negotiations is the lack of a level playing field between delegations, both North-South, and South-South. Another major obstacle lies in mutual misunderstanding and a lack of trust, particularly between industrialised and developing countries.
The European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) was launched in 2005 to overcome these limitations and obstacles through a number of capacity and trust building activities. The Initiative has four main workstreams:
- A Fellowship & Trust-building Programme (FTP) to promote an informal (high level) exchange of views and ideas between senior developing and Eeuropean negotiators, led by the Oxford-based UK office of BVRio, and implemented by Oxford Climate Policy (OCP).
- A Training & Support Programme (TSP) to enhance negotiating skills, particularly of new negotiators, led by the Dhaka-based International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD).
- A Legal Support Unit (LSU), led by Legal Response International (LRI)
- A Publication and Outreach Unit (POU), led by OCP.
Phase V (2022-25) Management
The day-to-day running of the Initiative is managed by the members of the Phase V Management Group:
Head of TSP: Saleemul Huq (ICCCAD); Deputy: Mizan Khan (ICCCAD);
Head of LSU: Christoph Schwarte (LRI);. Deputy: Pascale Bird (LRI);
Head of POU: vacant.