Trust building

Fellowship Programme

At the heart of the ecbi is an Oxford-based Fellowship Programme for climate negotiators and other stakeholders directly involved in the UNFCCC process from the participating developing countries. Its primary purpose is to build trust and exchange procedural and institutional knowledge both among the Fellows ('South-South trust-building'), and between them and their European colleagues ('North-South trust-building').

Each year, the ecbi invites a number of senior developing country negotiators to participate as 'ecbi Fellows' in the activities of the Trust Building Programme, in particular the Oxford Fellows Colloquium and Seminar and the Bonn Seminar.  

The annual Oxford Seminar enables the Fellows to find out how climate change issues are managed by European governments, and provide an opportunity to exchange views in an informal and non-confrontational setting. They also enable the European partners to understand the situation of their developing country colleagues – one of the reasons why the ecbi is not just a capacity-building initiative by Europeans, but also for Europeans. The Seminar is an annual, three day event hosted in the academic environment of Oxford. It usually takes place in the first week of September. Participation in the event is by invitation only. 

Fellows Colloquium  

South-South relation- and trust building are also of key importance in supporting the international negotiations. During the Fellows Colloquium in Oxford, the Fellows have the chance to exchange views and experiences among themselves prior to the Oxford Seminar. 

To maintain the momentum of these trust-building activities, the Fellowship Programme organises an annual one-day Bonn Seminar during the intersessional Subsidiary Bodies meetings in Bonn/Germany. 

In addition to these regular annual events, the ecbi Fellowship Programme organises Ad-hoc Seminars either in conjunction with meetings organised by relevant bodies (such as the GCF Board), or on their own (like the agriculture seminars that led to the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture). 

Latest Events

The 2019 ecbi Bonn Seminar was hosted by the City of Bonn in the Altes Rathaus on 23 June. It was attended by 40 climate negotiators from 30 developing and European countries. A welcoming address was delivered by Stefan Wagner, Head of the Department of International Affairs and Global Sustainability, City of Bonn. Discussions followed on common time frames; the collective quantified goal for climate finance and innovative sources; financing the transition to net-zero; and the Article 6 negotiations.
On 11 April 2019, OCP/ecbi and Climate Action Network South Asia co-hosted a Seminar on Common Time Frames: Creating Space for Ambition in the Paris Agreement Rulebook in the India International Centre, New Delhi. The Seminar was attended by representatives from the government, think tanks, academia and civil society.
This seminar, organised by Climalia, ecbi and Italian Climate Network took place at the University of Florence on 13 February 2019. Following opening remarks by Ilaria Perrisi from the University of Florence, Leonardo Maasai, Climalia, presented on COP24 main outcomes and the way forward. ecbi Director Benito Müller presented on global ambition and sub-national finance mobilsation. Francesco Capezuoli and Margherita Bellanca, Italian Climate Network, presented on the role of NGOs.
A webinar on the outcomes of COP24 in Katowice was organised in Florence, Italy by the European University Institute , Climalia and ecbi on 12 February 2019. Attended by over a 100 participants worldwide, the event was moderated by Simone Borghesi, Director, FSR Climate, European University Institute. Leonardo Massai, Co-founder of Climalia, presented on the Katowice outcomes, while ecbi Director Benito Müller focused on the ambition mechanism of the Paris Agreement and on climate finance.
This event was organised by the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and ecbi on 8 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland, during COP24. It showcased ideas for innovative, additional contributions to the funds of the UNFCCC Financial Mechanism and mechanisms to enhance their longer-term viability. Facilitated by Marzena Chodor, Co-Chair of the PCCB, the event was targeted at key stakeholders in the field of multilateral climate finance, including finance negotiators, representatives of relevant UNFCCC bodies, international financial institutions, NGOs, as...