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The vision and mission of the proposed system is to establish a capacity-building information exchange
system, to be utilised (1) by the participating
agencies to promote and facilitate information exchange, and cooperation and partnership in support of
capacity-building in the context of climate change, including the implementation and review of decisions 2/CP.7 and 3/CP.7, and more broadly, the
implementation of Convention within three broad areas:
The capacity-building information exchange system will promote:
- Active participation in the Convention and Kyoto Protocol related processes,
- Development and implementation of national climate change policies and programmes,
- Mainstreaming climate change considerations into sustainable development.
a) International cooperation and sharing of related training, research, information and expertise for
b) Joint development of information products and resources (e.g., definitive guidelines and training
packages on specific issues);
c) Less duplication of related efforts; and therefore
d) Quicker, better and more cost-effective implementation of capacity-building initiatives, and of the
It is envisioned that the capacity-building information system will, initially, support three modules:
Library: The Resource Library (now under development)
will be a collection of relevant materials provided by partner organizations (initial list of documents
sent by partner organizations attached as Annex 1) or developed specifically to respond to identified
needs. Initially these will include, but not be limited to, the World Bank (WB), United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Institute for
Training and Research (UNITAR), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and
the Global Environment Facility (GEF) secretariats. The Resource Library will contain diverse but
pertinent and targeted information; including training materials, process documents, project documents,
and policy documents responding to agreed-upon categories.
Distribution and Exchange in relation to the UNFCCC intergovernmental process: Further to the
request in decisions 2/CP.7 and 3/CP.7, a component of the system
will be to collect, process, compile and disseminate, in both printed and electronic formats, information
needed by the Conference of the Parties or its Subsidiary Bodies to review the progress in the
implementation of the capacity-building frameworks. Information will be drawn, inter alia, from the
initial national communications of non-Annex I Parties, national communications of Annex II Parties,
submissions by Parties and reports of the GEF. An attempt will be made to extract information that is
directly linked to projects / programmes and activities responding to decisions 2/CP.7 and 3/CP.7 from the submissions by
Parties, IGOs and NGOs.
Capacity-building Forum: This module will, at a later stage, offer features for members to
participate in an "on-line forum for information exchange on capacity-building" to develop
common understanding and cooperation amongst each other. The forum will include a web board and
discussion groups, news services, and calendar of events, and will be available to registered users only.
(This module is currently being tested)
(1)The 3U principle: useful, usable and used.