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.

News

On 20 November 2022, a Decision was taken in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, on “funding arrangements for responding to loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change,” which is widely regarded as historic and as the principal outcome of the 2022 UN climate conference (COP 27/CMA 4). In a nutshell, the Decision establishes: 1. “ new funding arrangements ” for assisting particularly vulnerable developing countries in responding to loss and damage; 2. a loss and damage response...
10 December 2022
As Pilita Clark mentioned in her recent Financial Times Opinion : “Oxford university professor Benito Müller, a long time climate adviser to low-income countries, would replace today’s costly “mega-COPs” with a smaller annual one held in Bonn. Rotating cities could host ‘global climate action weeks’ each year.” On his way back from Sharm el Sheikh, ecbi Director Müller stopped over in Bern for an informal meeting with Ambassador Franz Perrez, Head of the Swiss climate delegation and long-term friend of...
23 November 2022
On 9 November, the day after the US mid-term elections, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry launched the Energy Transition Accelerator (ETA), an initiative designed to support developing country efforts to switch from fossil to renewable energy, with the help of the private sector and the voluntary carbon market. According to a 7 November Washington Post article on the initiative,“political paralysis and public pressure are pushing companies to step up with their own emission pledges — and money...
10 November 2022
On 4 November 2022, Malik Amin Aslam Khan, former Pakistan Minister for climate change and Benito Müller, ecbi Director, had an OpEd titled ‘Time to Respond!’ published on the news aggregator unclimatesummit.org and the OCP blog site . The authors make the case that: “we urgently need a new multilateral pilot fund to respond to such climate induced loss and damage . The fund should be focussed on recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation after having suffered adverse climate impacts. Leaders must...
05 November 2022