Climate change

COP21 session - Capacity building through climate change officials networking

2 Dec. 2015
13:15 - 14:45
Paris-Le Bourget
Side event

  • Location: Conference Centre - Blue Zone - Delegations Area - Hall 3 - Pavilion 7

The focus was on showing how capacity building and knowledge sharing services have been contributing to the faster development and implementation of climate change actions at the domestic level, while leveraging on powerful, because candid and informal, regional peer-learning mechanisms.

The audience was invited to react and shared views on how to best capitalise and expand on these examples with the view to refine UNEP networking of Climate Change officials approach to best serve the needs of developing countries parties, as one possible mechanism for capacity-building in line with Article 6 of the Convention and Article 8 of the Paris Draft Agreement.

Concrete examples or “impact stories”, stemming from country-level support and/or regional group learning, were presented, and covered topic areas such as:

  • support for INDC development, prioritisation of sector-wide NAMAs,
  • National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process;
  • future opportunities and challenges in the context of the Paris negotiation text, importance of CC awareness for sub-national levels of government (e.g. state/province, district, cities/local government) as well as non-state actors (e.g. NGOs, large corporations private sector), or ways to enhance the exchange and sharing of information, the coordination and the harmonisation of climate policies at the regional level.

These examples highlighted stronger climate change co-ordination mechanisms and institutions at the national level, effective implementation of COP decisions, fuller engagement in the ongoing UNFCCC negotiations, and the fast-track capacity building through regional exchange and peer-learning.

Key speakers

Climate change officials from Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America will share concrete examples of capacity building and knowledge sharing services they have been receiving through UNEP-lead networks/projects and partners’ initiatives.

The event will be chaired by UNEP Climate Change Coordinator.

  • Ms. Ermira Fida, Global Climate Change Coordinator, UNEP
Example 1: An inclusive process for developing an INDC
  • Madeleine D. Sarr, Head of Climate Change Division, Ministry of Environment, Senegal
Example 2: Linking the global to the national and sub-national, all the way to the local
  • Sandee Recabar, Climate Change Commission, the Philippines
Example 3: Technical assistance for NAMAs
  • Rodrigo Suárez Castaño, Climate Change Director, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia
Group discussion  
Example 4: Ecosystem-based Adaptation Community of Practice in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Mónica Echegoyen López, Deputy Director, Climate Change Policies Directorate General, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico
Example 5: Pre- and post-COP workshops in ASEAN region
  • Chu Thanh Huong, Deputy Director, Science, Technology and International Division, Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam
Example 6: Enhanced consultations among members of the African group of negotiators
  • Seth Osafo, Ghanaian climate change expert and member of the African Group of Negotiators
Example 7:Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) - Bridging Science, Practice, and Policy
  • Mukand Babel, Director, CoE for Sustainable Development in the Context of Climate Change (SDCC), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) 
Group discussion and conclusion  


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