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Durban Forum on Capacity-building - 5th Meeting
"Enhancing Capacity to Implement the Paris Agreement"
 
Background

The Durban Forum for in-depth discussion on capacity-building was established in 2011 at the seventeenth session of the Conference of the Parties, with decision 2/CP.17.

At COP 21, Parties decided that this year’s Durban Forum would explore potential ways for enhancing capacity-building by sharing information and varied experiences, including those related to the Kyoto Protocol. Parties have also submitted suggestions on additional potential topics for its 5th meeting, which have been taken into consideration in the preparation of the agenda. Submissions received are available in document pdf-icon FCCC/SBI/2016/MISC/1.

Objective


The objective of the 5th meeting of the Durban Forum is to outline a clear path to enhance the capacity of developing country Parties in effectively implementing the Paris Agreement. The meeting will provide a platform for various stakeholders including representatives of developed and developing country Parties, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the private sector, local government and municipal authorities and the youth to share experiences, good practices and lessons learned and to exchange views in the context of capacity-building for the implementation of the Agreement.

Information exchange and the promotion of best practices are key to swift and successful capacity building. Therefore, discussions on how the Durban Forum and the Capacity-building Portal can be enhanced to support information exchange, remains one of the important objectives of this meeting. A survey will be circulated by the secretariat to collect more detailed views you may have on this subject. Responses provided will be synthesized in the report of the Forum, including your suggestions and ideas for improvements, so please take some time to complete the survey and hand it back to the secretariat.

Another important aspect is to fully engage the existing bodies constituted under the Convention and other organizations in supporting capacity-building related actions on all levels. Particularly relevant are the views of all participants on the role of and increased synergies among constituted bodies under the Convention, as well as with other institutions, in strengthening capacity-building support.

The outcome of the 5th meeting of the Durban Forum will be captured in a summary report, including next steps for possible consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation at its forty-fifth session.

Reference Documents

To inform discussions at the 5th meeting of the Durban Forum, the secretariat prepared and made available to the SBI the documents listed in the information box on the right side of this page.
 
Agenda
 

Part 1: Friday, 20 May, 10:00 – 13:00 (Room: Nairobi)

Opening

10:00 – 10:15

Welcoming and opening remarks

Ms. Dechen Tsering
on behalf of the Chair of the SBI

UNFCCC secretariat

Mr. Hussein Alfa Nafo

Chair of the African Group

Organization of work

Mr. Michael Gillenwater, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute

Co-facilitator of the 5th meeting of the Durban Forum on Capacity-building (morning)

Ms. Lorena Aguilar, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Co-facilitator of the 5th meeting of the Durban Forum on Capacity-building (afternoon)

Enhancing existing national and regional capacity for the Paris Agreement

 

With the Paris Agreement having been adopted and 189 Parties covering 99 percent of global emissions having communicated their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) (as at 29 April 2016), it becomes compelling to determine how and which capacity needs to be built in the short, medium and long term in order to implement actions. This session will focus on capacity-building related to NDCs, capacity needs for accessing financial resources, and for meeting the reporting requirements under the Paris Agreement.

Panel discussion

10:15 – 11:00

Scene-setting presentations

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Mr. Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation Programming

pdf-icon Lessons learned from the implementation of NAPAs and NAPs to inform support to NDCs (559 kB)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Ms. Lorena Aguilar, Global Senior Gender Adviser

pdf-icon Gender mainstreaming in implementing NDC-related actions (1159 kB)

Adaptation Fund

Ms. Silvia Mancini, Operations Officer

pdf-icon Capacity-building gaps to access financial resources in developing country institutions (841 kB)

International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV

Mr. Klaus Wenzel

pdf-icon Best practices and challenges in supporting MRV in developing countries (826 kB)

Q&A and discussion

Breakout group discussions

11:00 – 12:00

Breakout group 1 (Policy):

Capacity-building to convert INDCs to action

 

Discussion leader:
Dr. Niklas Höhne, Founding
Partner, New Climate Institute

Breakout group 2 (Finance):

Capacity-building to mobilize climate finance

 

Discussion leader:
Ms. Silvia Mancini, Operations Officer, Adaptation Fund

Breakout group 3 (Reporting):

Capacity-building for transparency-related activities

 

Discussion leader:
Mr. Stephen Mutua King’uyu, Chair of the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE)

 

Guiding Questions

 

Breakout group 1: Capacity-building to convert INDCs to action pdf-icon Report-back slide from group 1 (59 kB)

  • What are the lessons learned that countries can apply from experiences so far (i.e. NAMAs, NAPAS, NAPs), in order to move INDCs from planning to implementation and enhancement?
  • What necessary steps need to be taken at the national level to convert INDCs to action? How to build the institutional capacities required to do so?
  • What capacities are required for countries to comply with the obligation to regularly prepare NDCs, to monitor their implementation and to be able to increase ambition?

Breakout group 2: Capacity to mobilize climate finance pdf-icon Report-back slide from group 2 (25 kB)

  • What are the common and recurring capacity gaps in national institutions to access financial resources from the GEF, GCF, AF and others? How can these gaps be filled?
  • How can financial institutions enhance their capacity to increase their accessibility?
  • What are the enabling conditions required for countries to raise finance required to support the development of policies and measures and to implement actions identified in INDCs?
  • What enabling environments are required to mobilize the 100 billion USD target?
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Breakout group 3: Capacity-building for transparency-related activities pdf-icon Report-back slide from group 3 (79 kB)

  • What are the capacity needs by countries to establish domestic systems for data collection and analysis that would allow for meeting the reporting requirements under the Paris Agreement?
  • What are the good practices and lessons learned from the preparation of national communications and biennial update reports that can be built into such systems?

 

Reporting of the breakout group discussions and plenary discussion

12:00 – 12:45

Reports by rapporteurs of breakout groups 1-3

Wrap-up of Part I by Co-facilitator
12:45 – 13:00

 

Part 2: Friday, 20 May, 15:00 – 18:00 (Room: Nairobi)

State of art of capacity-building and the way forward

 

With the establishment of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building and the third comprehensive review of the implementation of the capacity-building framework underway, it is timely to reflect on the progress made on capacity-building, to assess current and emerging needs and challenges, and to explore ways to enhance capacity-building, including by sharing information and experiences, particularly in the areas of mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation.

 

Panel discussion

15:00 – 16:00

Scene-setting presentations

Greenhouse Gas Management Institute

Mr. Michael Gillenwater, Dean and Executive Director

pdf-icon Progress on capacity development for mitigation planning and implementation (1307 kB)

Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG)

Mr. Abias Huongo, Chair of the LEG

pdf-icon Progress on capacity development for adaptation planning and implementation (267 kB)

Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

Mr. Jukka Uosukainen, Director of CTCN

pdf-icon Capacity building needs to enhance sustainable technology development and deployment in countries (1082 kB)

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) / Climate Knowledge Brokers Group (CKB)

Mr. Florian Bauer, COO and Director of Open Knowledge

pdf-icon Contribution of regional capacity building institutions to greater exchange of capacity between countries (1386 kB)

Q&A and discussion

Breakout group discussions

16:00 – 17:00

Breakout group 1:

Capacity-building for Mitigation

 

Discussion leader:

Mr. John Christensen, Director, UNEP DTU Partnership

Breakout group 2:

Capacity-building for Adaptation

 

Discussion leader:
Ms. Christina Chan, member of the Adaptation Committee

Breakout group 3:

Capacity-building on Technology

 

Discussion leader: Mr. Yunus Arikan, ICLEI – Head of Global Policy and Advocacy

 

Guiding Questions

 

Breakout group 1: Capacity-building for mitigation pdf-icon Report-back slide from group 1 (74 kB)

  • What progress has been made on mitigation-related capacity-building at the institutional, systemic and individual level?
  • Where are the remaining gaps, needs and challenges?
  • What assessment is available on mitigation-related capacity-building at the regional, national or sub-national levels?

 

Breakout group 2: Capacity-building for adaptation pdf-icon Report-back slide from group 2 (87 kB)

  • Which are the capacity building measures and actions for adaptation that have already been undertaken in various parts of the world? How they can help to increase climate resilience?
  • What progress has been made on adaptation-related capacity-building at the institutional, systemic and individual level? Where are the remaining gaps, needs and challenges, including in the private sector?
  • What assessment is available on adaptation-related capacity-building at the regional, national or sub-national levels?

 

Breakout group 3: Capacity-building on technology pdf-icon Report-back slide from group 3 (22 kB)

  • What progress has been made on capacity-building at the institutional, systemic and individual level?
  • Where are the remaining gaps, needs and challenges?
  • What assessment is available on capacity-building at the regional, national or sub-national levels?

 

Reporting of the breakout group discussions and plenary discussion

17:00 – 17:45

Reports by rapporteurs of breakout groups 1-3

Closing

17:45 – 18:00

Final remarks by Co-facilitators of the 5th meeting of the Durban Forum on Capacity-building

Final remarks by French Climate Change Ambassador Laurence Tubiana

Final remarks by Chair of the SBI and Chair of the Durban Forum on Capacity-building

 

Updated: 7 September 2016

 
Summary report of the 5th meeting
Summary report of the 5th meeting of the Durban Forum on capacity-building. 
 
Agenda and Webcast
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Webcast
of the 5th meeting of the Durban Forum on Capacity-building:

Part I - May 20, 2016 10:00 CEST

Part II - May 20, 2016 15:00 CEST
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Reference documents
FCCC/SBI/2016/3
Compilation and synthesis report on capacity-building work undertaken by bodies established under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol.

FCCC/SBI/2016/4
Synthesis report on the implementation of the framework for capacity-building in developing countries.

pdf-icon FCCC/SBI/2016/MISC/1
Compilation of the views submitted by Parties on specific issues to be considered at the meeting and information on activities undertaken to implement the framework for capacity-building in developing countries.