European Capacity Building Initiative

ecbi Publications

ecbi's Publications and Policy Analysis Unit (PPAU) generates information and advice for developing country negotiators that is relevant to the climate negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  

Developing countries often lack the economic and institutional capacity for policy analysis. If negotiators are unable to engage proactively by submitting proposals, responding to proposals from other States, and assessing the impact of global climate policy decisions on their individual States, progress in the negotiations can be hampered by the lack of alternatives and uncertainity. The differences in analytic capacity between developing countries and the industrialised world are often profound – developing countries lack support from organisations like the OECD, for instance, which has an immense apparatus producing thorough and focused reports, including direct advice on future policy responses to each of member country.

ecbi publications aim to be relevant to ongoing negotiations under the UNFCCC, timely, and trustworthy. PPAU works with negotiators from developing countries, sometimes through Editorial Committees, to identify UNFCCC issues where further analysis and policy advice is needed. Global experts are then teamed up with negotiators from devleoping countries to produce Policy Briefs and Discussion Notes. This partnership between experts and negotiators helps to ensure that the process of producing a Brief addresses the specific concerns of developing country negotiators; builds the capacity of developing country co-authors in policy analysis; and also builds ownership of the analysis. 

For new negotiators, and for use in ecbi Regional and Pre-COP Training Workshops, PPAU produces Background Papers and a series of Pocket Guides. These generally provide a more basic analysis of issues for newcomers to the process, along with the background and history of the issue in the negotiations. 

A call for Europe to demonstrate renewed leadership in the international climate change regime

Author:
Bo Kjellen and Benito Müller
Publication Date:
March, 2017

ecbi Regional Training Workshop for South and South East Asia, Dhaka, April 2016

ecbi Regional Training Workshop for South and South East Asia, Dhaka, summer 2016

Author:
Publication Date:
June, 2016
Author:
Michael Kracht
Publication Date:
March, 2017

With the Training and Support Programme fully back on track with four training workshops, four bursaries, and support to negotiators; six seminars organised by the Fellowship Programme; and numerous policy briefs and background papers produced by the Publications and Policy Analysis Unit, 2016-2017 has been a very busy year for ecbi.

Author:
Benito Müller
Publication Date:
May, 2017

Where have we been, and where should we go? This thematic guide on capacity building summarises the history of negotiations on capacity building under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, while providing a wider perspective on capacity building as an element of global cooperation. It is a ready reference to the key decisions that have already been adopted, and a brief analysis of how capacity building efforts can be made more effective in future, including under the Paris Committee on Capacity Building.

Where have we been, and where should we go? This thematic guide on capacity building summarises the history of negotiations on capacity building under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, while providing a wider perspective on capacity building as an element of global cooperation. It is a ready reference to the key decisions that have already been adopted, and a brief analysis of how capacity building efforts can be made more effective in future, including under the Paris Committee on Capacity Building.

Author:
Mizan Khan, Ambuj Sagar, Saleemul Huq and Penda Kante Thiam
Publication Date:
May, 2017

The 2017 ecbi Bonn Seminar took place on 14 May 2017, at La Redoute. It was attended by 55 negotiators from developed and developing countries, including heads of key national and regional delegations; the Chairs of the Least Developed Country (LDC) group, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI); Board members of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Adaptation Fund; and Council Members of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Participants discussed the financial mechansim of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue.

Author:
Anju Sharma
Publication Date:
May, 2017

Role of the Adaptation Fund and Resource Mobilization

Author:
Benito Muller
Publication Date:
May, 2017

Kick-Starting Enhanced Ambition

Author:
Kaveh Guilanpour
Publication Date:
May, 2017

Depuis plus de dix ans, l’Initiative Européenne pour le Renforcement des Capacités (ecbi) veille à rendre équitables – pour les pays en développement – les négociations de la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC). L’ecbi applique pour cela une stratégie sur deux axes : d’une part, former de nouveaux négociateurs ; d’autre part, faciliter les interactions entre les négociateurs principaux des pays en développement et les négociateurs européens, et ce afin que les parties comprennent mieux leurs positions respectives et puissent travailler dans un climat de confiance.

Depuis plus de dix ans, l’Initiative Européenne pour le Renforcement des Capacités (ecbi) veille à rendre équitables – pour les pays en développement – les négociations de la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC). L’ecbi applique pour cela une stratégie sur deux axes : d’une part, former de nouveaux négociateurs ; d’autre part, faciliter les interactions entre les négociateurs principaux des pays en développement et les négociateurs européens, et ce afin que les parties comprennent mieux leurs positions respectives et puissent travailler dans un climat de confiance.

sous la CCNUCC

Author:
Harro van Asselt, Romain Weikmans, et J. Timmons Roberts
Publication Date:
May, 2017

Where have we been, and where should we go? This thematic guide on capacity building summarises the history of negotiations on capacity building under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, while providing a wider perspective on capacity building as an element of global cooperation. It is a ready reference to the key decisions that have already been adopted, and a brief analysis of how capacity building efforts can be made more effective in future, including under the Paris Committee on Capacity Building.

Author:
Mizan Khan, Ambuj Sagar, Saleemul Huq and Penda Kante Thiam
Publication Date:
May, 2017

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