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About the Paris Committee on Capacity-building

As part of the Adoption of the Paris Agreement, the Conference of the Parties (COP) at its twenty-first session established the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) to address gaps and needs, both current and emerging, in implementing capacity-building in developing country Parties and further enhancing capacity-building efforts, including with regard to coherence and coordination in capacity-building activities under the Convention. pdf-icon The Terms of Reference of the PCCB were adopted in Marrakech, at COP 22.

The PCCB manages and oversees the 2016–2020 workplan, also agreed in Paris, which encompasses the following activities:

(a) Assessing how to increase synergies through cooperation and avoid duplication among existing bodies established under the Convention that implement capacity-building activities, including through collaborating with institutions under and outside the Convention;

(b) Identifying capacity gaps and needs and recommending ways to address them;

(c) Promoting the development and dissemination of tools and methodologies for the implementation of capacity-building;

(d) Fostering global, regional, national and subnational cooperation;

(e) Identifying and collecting good practices, challenges, experiences and lessons learned from work on capacity-building by bodies established under the Convention;

(f) Exploring how developing country Parties can take ownership of building and maintaining capacity over time and space;

(g) Identifying opportunities to strengthen capacity at the national, regional and subnational level;

(h) Fostering dialogue, coordination, collaboration and coherence among relevant processes and initiatives under the Convention, including through exchanging information on capacity-building activities and strategies of bodies established under the Convention;

(i) Providing guidance to the secretariat on the maintenance and further development of the web-based capacity-building portal.

In addition, the PCCB will annually focus on an area or theme related to enhanced technical exchange on capacity-building, with the purpose of maintaining up-to-date knowledge on the successes and challenges in building capacity effectively in a particular area;

At COP 22, the PCCB was invited, in managing the 2016–2020 workplan:

(a) To take into consideration cross-cutting issues such as gender responsiveness, human rights and indigenous peoples’ knowledge;

(b) To take into consideration the outcomes of the third comprehensive review of the implementation of the framework for capacity-building in developing countries;

(c) To take into consideration previous work undertaken on indicators for capacity-building;

(d) To promote and explore linkages with other constituted bodies under the Convention and the Paris Agreement, as appropriate, that include capacity-building in their scopes;

(e) To promote and explore synergies for enhanced collaboration with institutions outside the Convention and the Paris Agreement engaged in implementing capacity-building activities;

(f) To take into consideration ways of enhancing reporting on capacity-building activities, taking into account all initiatives, actions and measures on capacity- building under the Convention and the Paris Agreement as well as existing reporting mandates, in order to achieve coherence and coordination;