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.


An online training workshop for over 30 new climate negotiators from the Caribbean region was organised by ecbi on 17 November 2020. Ambassador Diann Black-Layne, from Antigua and Barbuda, the incoming chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), noted the continued role of ecbi training workshops in reducing the learning curve for new negotiators and helping the negotiating group maintain a strong position during the implementation phase of the Paris Agreement.
25 November 2020
The Adaptation Fund Board recently approved a pilot Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) funding window, “ to further empower entities to directly identify and fund local adaptation efforts ”. ecbi played a key role in developing the modality under the Green Climate Fund, as a modality that goes one step further towards devolving decision-making than the direct access modality,
18 November 2020
Climate negotiators still have work to do to ensure that the global process for submitting and updating nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement encourages – not thwarts – the highest possible ambition from each Party. The sooner this work is completed, the better the chances of delivering the steep rise in ambition that is needed before 2030.
16 November 2020
Includes 2019 Enhanced Lima Work Programme on Gender and its Gender Action Plan, and updated resources for incorporating gender in climate planning and action.
11 November 2020