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.


At the 2019 Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain, crunch issues – an unambiguous call for much higher climate ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, finance for the loss and damage caused by climate impacts, a fail-safe market mechanism that does not compromise environmental integrity, and credible financial contributions to enable action in developing countries – proved too difficult to resolve within the high-pressure, time-deficient confines of a COP, despite a two-day extension and the resilience and...
24 January 2020
ecbi arranged mentorships for nine “new” women negotiators at the 2019 Climate Conference in Madrid, Spain. Five ecbi bursary holders and four young women supported by the Women Delegates Fund of the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) were paired with senior women negotiators from developing and developed countries. The senior women negotiators provided support, advice, and encouragement to their mentees over the two weeks of the Conference. This new ecbi initiative was endorsed by the COP25 Presidency at an event attended by Meilín León (in the photo), Ministry of Environment, Chile on 4 December 2019, at the Conference venue.
15 January 2020
What makes it so difficult to reach a deal on market-based cooperation under the Paris Agreement?
19 December 2019
The governance arrangements for the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage and its Executive Committee have been contested since the conclusion of negotiations on Article 8 of the Paris Agreement. Which supreme body – the Conference of the Parties (COP), the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA), or both – is / are responsible for guiding their work? This brief addresses legal and practical aspects of the governance debate.
20 November 2019