Capacity-building Day | 2nd Capacity-building Hub

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Forward-looking capacity building programs gravitate towards the medium/long-term and are demand-driven - to address the needs of recipients and foster their ownership of the programs. The participation and constant interaction of all involved stakeholders, (national and local level government, non-government organizations, and academic institutions, among others) ensures longevity in the impact of capacity-building efforts.

But when capacity-building programs are project-specific and output-driven, are the needs of recipients addressed? Programs should be cross-cutting, gender responsive, and take place through an iterative process of mutual learning. The Capacity-building Day in the 2nd Capacity-building Hub aims to accelerate a shift from business-as-usual practices towards innovative, inclusive, and collective actions in the face of climate change.

Programme overview

The day starts with a brief overview of previous Capacity-building days, followed by the 'PCCB Network' consultation attended by the Capacity-building Hub lead partners, co-organizers, and other interested actors.

The opening ceremony will shed light on the importance of effective partnerships, coherent policies, and coordinated actions among actors involved in capacity-building for climate change. There will then be focused discussions on 'M&E indicators', 'Innovation and digitalization', 'local financing', and 'cross-cutting issues' in capacity-building initiatives. Other highlights of the day are 'key legal developments in capacity-building arrangements under the Paris Agreement', 'capacity-building needs and gaps', and ‘the role of youth in capacity-building efforts'.

What? Topics | Objectives


The Capacity-building Day in the 2nd Capacity-building Hub is designed to, among other topics, touch upon:

  • PCCB Network
  • M&E indicators for capacity-building initiatives
  • Innovation and digitalization
  • Cross-cutting issues
  • Key legal developments in capacity-building arrangements under the Paris Agreement and Katowice Rulebook
  • Capacity-building Needs and Gaps
  • Local level capacity-building financing
  • The role of youth in capacity-building efforts

All interested individuals and organizations are welcome to join the debate and contribute to the discussion!


The purpose of Capacity-building Day is to showcase innovative examples of climate-related capacity-building at different levels, and by different means. This day is also focused on highlighting multi-stakeholder partnerships as an apparatus to enhance the effectiveness of climate action, raise the climate ambition, and yield lasting results at local, sub-national, national and regional levels. Some of the key objectives of the sessions are:

  • Strengthening partnerships and network building among capacity-building relevant actors across sectors, for the implementation of the Paris Agreement,
  • Exploring the benefits and risks of harnessing digital solutions and tools for boosting capacity-building efforts, including educational technologies, social media, communication, and multi-stakeholder engagement;
  • Discussing institutional arrangements and governance components for multi-level capacity-building, under the Paris Agreement;
  • Fostering initiatives to facilitate the production and communication of practical knowledge among universities, decision makers, and civil society.
Why? Significance

As countries advance in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, it is key to further enhance coherence and coordination in the capacity-building efforts, join forces for effective action, and explore synergic areas of work to yield lasting impacts.

The Capacity-building Day in the 2nd Capacity-building Hub is a platform that brings together different stakeholders, and sheds light on innovative solutions, inclusive processes, effective actions, and potential pathways for higher ambitions, in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Who? Partners and Co-organizers | Target Audience


Lead Partners  



Target Audience

All relevant stakeholders involved in capacity-building for climate action, including but not limited to local and national government authorities, representatives of multilateral development banks, non-governmental organizations, project developers, technology providers, private sector representative, youth, universities, research institutions, and civil society organizations.

How? Outcomes | Sessions

Hosted by the PCCB, and led by the ICCCAd and LUCCC, the 2nd Capacity-building Hub Capacity-building Day provides a platform for different stakeholders to share knowledge and exchange experiences through interactive panel discussions and forums, designed to:

  • Mainstream gender considerations and youth involvement in climate policy instruments, taking advantage of the NDC enhancement process
  • Exchange experiences on digitalization and climate action among climate policy makers and practitioners
  • Raise awareness of the potential of education technology tools and social media in building climate capacity and broadening outreach
  • Showcase good practices, lessons learned, and recommendations regarding international partnerships and co-operations for climate-related capacity-building



Topic Organizer


Opening of the Capacity-building Hub
  • Martin Frick, Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination, UNFCCC
Opening session of the 3rd Capacity-building Day
  • Rita Mishaan, Co-chair of PCCB
  • Saleemul Huq, Director of ICCCAD
PCCB Network consultation
  • TBC
Developing indicators for monitoring & evaluation of capacity-building initiatives
  • Feisal Rahman, Research Coordinator, ICCCAD
  • Riadadh Hossain , Programme Coordinator, ICCCAD
  • Saleemul Huq, Director, ICCCAD
  • Henry Neufeldt, Senior Scientist, UNEP-DTU Partnership
  • Suruchi Bhadwal, Research Fellow, TERI
  • Nelly Cuello, Consejo para Nacional para El Cambio Climatico Y Mecanismo de Desarollo
  • Timo Leiter, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics (LSE) (TBC)
Connecting the dots – Join the interactive sprints on Digitalization & Blockchain, Climate Action and Education
Concept note .
UNU-EHS | Climate Ledger Initiative
  • Owen Hewlett, Gold Standard Foundation
  • Ambe Emmanuel Cheo, UNU-EHS
  • Juerg Fuessler, INFRAS
  • Sven Braden, Programme Manager , CLI
  • Martin Wainstein, Yale Open Innovation Lab
  • Ana Lucia Moya Mora, SINAMECC, Costa Rica
Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in Climate Action: Lessons Learned and Opportunities from Latin America
Concept note .
  • Marcella Ribeiro, AIDA
  • Shaila Shahid, Senior Advisor on Climate Change, DRR and Gender, ICCCAD
  • Lilian Andrea Gregorio
  • Marta Daniela Savid
  • Nicolás Francisco Avellaneda
Creating Climate Law Capacity for Compliance - Advancing Legal and Governance Capacity-Building to Support Paris Agreement Implementation
Climate Law and Governance Initiative (CLGI)
  • Marie-Clare Cordonier Segger, Senior Director, CISDL, Executive Secretary, CLGI; Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Alexandra Harrington, Lead Counsel, CISDL, Fulbright Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs
  • Markus Gehring, Lead Counsel, CISDL, Professor, University of Cambridge
  • Saleemul Huq, Director, ICCCAD
  • Mizan R. Khan, Deputy Director, ICCCAD
Innovative Partnerships for Bridging Capacity Building Gaps: Lessons from Youth and Education Organizations
Concept note .
Guangdong Harmony Community Foundation(GHCF) | National University of Singapore | Care About Climate
  • Melissa Low Yu Xing, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Huan Zheng, Guangdong Harmony Community Foundation
  • Sarah Voska, Care About Climate
  • Jennifer Khadim, Coordinator of Youth Programme, ICCCAD
Daily wrap-up
  • Saleemul Huq, Director, ICCCAD
  • Renilde Ndayishimiye, PCCB member