European Capacity Building Initiative

Video launch of Guide to the Paris Agreement

On Tuesday 26 May, ecbi, supported by the Climate Ambition Support Alliance (CASA), held a live web launch of the brand new ecbi Guide to the Paris Agreement. Anju Sharma, Head of Publications and Policy Analysis at ecbi and editor of the Guide, said the Guide, along with the rest of ecbi’s Pocket Guide series, is part of ecbi's efforts to level the playing field between negotiators from developing and developed countries in the climate negotiations. Chaired by Kiran Sura, Programme Lead of CASA, the event also included reflections on the impact of the current COVID 19 pandemic on efforts to address climate change. “[The pandemic] has given us a real life laboratory experiment in how the world can function in a crisis, in a lockdown,” said Kishan Kumarsingh, Co-Chair of ecbi’s Advisory Committee, during the launch. “We can quarantine from COVID 19 but we cannot quarantine from climate change.”  Christoph Schwarte, Legal Response International, and Selam K Abebe, climate negotiator from Ethiopia, also spoke at the event. Schwarte described the Paris Agreement as a "living document" that is constantly evolving through the rulebook and decisions. “The Guide is very useful, in particular to negotiators [who] are new and young,” Abebe said. 

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