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').
Oxford Fellowships and Seminar
South-South relations and trust building are often of at least equal importance in supporting the
international negotiations. The trust building activities are carried out during the
in Oxford, where the Fellows have the chance to exchange views and experiences
among themselves in 'closed session'. In light of their considerable existing negotiating capacities,
the participating large developing countries are
primarily involved in the trust-building activities of the Oxford Fellowship Programme.
The Seminars provide an opportunity to exchange views in an informal and non-confrontational
setting. They also enable the European partners to discover and better 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 the benefit of Europeans. The Seminar is an
annual, three-day event hosted in the academic setting of Oxford University and usually takes place
in the first week of September. Participation is by invitation only.
To maintain the momentum of these trust-building activities, the Fellowship Programme also
organizes an annual one-day Bonn Seminar during the intersessional Subsidiary Bodies meetings in
Bonn/Germany. European ecbi Partners have the opportunity to engage with senior developing country
delegates particularly from Least Developing Countries (LDCs) - some of whom are past ecbi Fellows.
Recent Fellowships News
ecbi Finance Circle meets in Warsaw
A meeting of the ecbi Finance Circle was held on 13 November at COP 19 in Warsaw. There were 26 participants from Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, the DRC, the EU, France, the Gambia, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Uganda, the UK, and the US including two co-chairs of the LTF and the SCF. For a brief summary of the meeting, please refer to the report below.
2013 Oxford Fellowships and Seminar
The 2013 ecbi Fellowship Colloquium took place from 5-7 August in Merton College, Oxford, followed by the Oxford Seminar on 8 and 9 August. During the Fellowship Colloquium, 17 senior negotiators from developing countries discussed key areas of concern in under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They were joined by 13 senior negotiators from Europe during the Oxford Seminar, and discussed contentious issues such as the legal form of a future outcome, equity, mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer, finance, and the governance and accountability of operating entities (including the Green Climate Fund, or GCF).
As the participants at the Seminar this year, the ninth in the series, included a number of key office holders in the UNFCCC process, a discussion on the priorities for the next conference of parties in Warsaw, Poland also took place. Participants included the COP Presidency's special envoy for climate change; the developing country co-chair of the Ad-Hoc Group on the Durban Platform (ADP); the Chairs of the G77+China Group and Africa Group; lead negotiators from Europe; senior representatives from Least Developed Countries (LDCs); and key office holders in UNFCCC bodies, including the developing country Co-chair and members of the Standing Committee on Finance, and members of the GCF Board and the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network.
The Eighth ecbi Bonn Seminar
The 2013 Bonn Seminar took place on 9 June 2013 at the Altes Rathaus, Bonn Germany. Over 35 participants from developing and european countries attended, to discuss the work of the Standing Committee on Finance, the Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform and loss and damage.
ecbi Finance Circle Meets in Berlin
On March 11th, the Finance Circle met in Berlin attended by the two SCF Co-chairs (Antigua & Barbuda, and Switzerland), four SCF members (Australia, Belgium, Norway, and US), a GCFB alternate member (US), and representatives of five GCFB members/alternates (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, and Norway). For a brief summary of the meeting, please refer to the report below.
The Oxford Approach:Operationalising ëRespective Capabilitiesí
This ecbi Policy Brief by Benito M¸ller & Lavan Mahadeva serves as summary for policy makers of a technical report by the same authors published by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, available at the link below.
Whether or not the regime emerging from the current negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be based on an explicit cost/burden sharing formula, the debate about (implied) costs/burdens will be central. Such a debate cannot be genuinely meaningful in the absence of an acceptable operationalisation of Article 3.1 in general, and of the concept of ërespective capabilityí in particular.
The Brief proposes a measure for national ëdifferentiated economic capabilities (ëability to payí) as integral part of an operationalisation. The primary purpose of the measure is to define or assess climate change cost/burden sharing (schemes). To illustrate the potential use of this methodology the Brief considers two examples: assessing the fairness of a given cost distribution; and developing a (rule-based) ëgraduation schemeí regarding obligations to pay.
ecbi Finance Circle meets in Doha
A meeting of the Finance Circle took place on December 4, 2012, during the second week of COP 18 at Doha. The meeting was shortened to accommodate participantsí schedule commitments in the negotiations. Discussions focused on how the FC could continue to serve as a useful platform for the negotiators, particularly at this stage when the negotiations on finance have increased in complexity, crucial importance and presence throughout several bodies of the UNFCCC.